The second-generation of Audi’s R8 supercar is currelynt under development, which means a GT3-spec R8 LMS variant of the new model is also on the cards. MotorAuthority recently caught the next-gen racecar undergoing tests at the Nurburgring in Germany, and it looked more production ready than ever before.
Compared to the outgoing R8 LMS ultra, this new model appears to take a large step away from the road-going version in terms of styling. While we haven’t seen production-ready versions of the new R8, it’s easy to tell the aggressive rear-end, wide fender flares, large side vents and bigger front grille on the LMS are not going to be present on the road car.
Mechanically, less about the R8 LMS will change from the outgoing model compared to the new road-going R8. Due to class rules set for GT3 racing, many of the aero components will be similar, while the naturally aspirated V10 will return. The car will also carry the same curb weight as the outgoing R8 LMS, tipping the scales at around 2,800 lbs.
More information on the next-gen R8 LMS should become clear following the debut of the road-going model, which will likely happen in mid- or late- 2015.