Meet The New Audi R8 LMS GT3

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You can buy this, you just can't drive it on the road.

The Audi R8 is a phenomenal supercar and one of the few that you really could live with on a daily basis. It's also a great race car with the right touches, and numerous versions of such a thing have been offered to customer racing teams over the years. As the production roadgoing model was updated numerous times, so has the R8 LMS GT3 racer. Audi listens to its customers' requests, and with the latest iteration of its race car - called the Evo II - Audi says that the vehicle is now even more specifically tailored to the requirements of private customer teams.

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Audi says it has optimized the R8 LMS in five areas: aerodynamics, engine characteristics, air conditioning, suspension, and traction control. These things still need a little more refinement though. Audi Sport customer racing teams will see the new car race for the first time later this year. At a price of €429,000 (approximately $505,906 at today's exchange rates), it's not cheap, but the increase in price is "still moderate", and with the car "better suited to amateur racing", it's surely worth the cost. Audi also says that you can either order the new technology package for the 2022 season as a complete vehicle or an upgrade kit to retrofit to existing models.

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The new enhancements you can expect include a less aerodynamically sensitive car thanks to a greater portion of the downforce now being generated by the new rear wing instead of the floor. As for the engine, you get a new intake system with "improved torque characteristics", while the traction control system has been enhanced with new functionalities and additional adjustments. The suspension gets four-way adjustable dampers for the first time, and finally, the climate control system improves driver comfort, which helps during long races and with high ambient temperatures. If you'd like to see the new racer in the metal, it will be on display in the paddock for the first time at the Spa 24 Hours.

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