Audi R8 LMS GT2: Audi's sterkste R8-klantracer ooit

Zojuist heeft Audi op het Goodwood Festival of Speed een voorschot genomen op een auto voor de nieuwe GT2-klasse, die volgend jaar van start gaat. Dit is de 640 pk sterke R8 LMS GT2.
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Volgend jaar gaat in de racewereld de nieuwe GT2-klasse van start. Ook al is het qua naam gelijk aan de klasse die 10 jaar geleden werd afgesloten, moet u het zien als een mengvorm tussen GT3 en GT4. Het vermogen is met 640-700 pk groter dan in de GT3 (560 pk), maar de downforce minder en het gewicht hoger. Hierdoor zullen ze niet geschikt zijn endurance races.

Audi heeft vandaag een R8 gepresenteerd die in de GT2 zou passen, de R8 LMS GT2. De auto heeft 640 pk/550 Nm, achterwielaandrijving, en een gewicht van 1.350 kg. Ter vergelijking: een R8 LMS GT3 weegt 1.225 kg. De motor is nog steeds de atmosferische 5,2 liter V10, die in elke R8 ligt. De CEO van Audi Sport GmbH, Oliver Hoffmann, omschrijft hem als volgt:

"This sports car with its emotive high-performance V10 engine marks the top end of our customer racing program. The legendary event at Goodwood is the ideal venue for unveiling such a fascinating sports car. The race car has been created for a future racing category. The GT2 class will come to life in Europe and North America in 2020. It will fill a gap between the existing GT3 and GT4 categories and specifically feature cars with high longitudinal dynamics. Consequently, this type of race car addresses gentleman drivers who have been the backbone of GT racing for decades. The Audi R8 LMS GT2 is the ideal sports car for classic fielding in races, as well as being suitable for Track Days and events at Race Resorts, which enjoy increasing popularity among this group of customers worldwide."

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