Audi R8 LMS Grand-Am

September 8, 2011 at 9:41 am

Audi is expanding its domination in the the motorsport world by offering the R8 LMS now in America. They just announced a homologation program that allows the R8 to enter American Grand-Am series.

The car will makes its debut at Daytona 24 Hours in 2012. For use in the USA, quattro GmbH is modifying the GT3 race car of which more than 40 units have already been sold in the areas of the chassis, body, engine and suspension. The chassis is stiffened by a roll cage with wall thicknesses being increased to two millimetres according to the regulations. A new front splitter, a modified rear diffuser and a standard Grand-Am rear wing change the aerodynamics of the sports car.

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The rated output of the engine has to be reduced to a lower level of about 331 to 346 kW (450 to 470 HP) by an air restrictor and the engine electronics. At the same time, the capacity of the fuel tank, which can now be filled on both sides of the vehicle, is limited to 83.3 litres. In the area of the wheels and suspension three-part rims are used. The standard anti-lock system and traction control of the R8 LMS are prohibited as driving aids in the USA.

Audi Sport customer racing service will provide technical support to the private teams that buy the R8 Grand-Am.