When it came to the third version of an R8-based motorsport car, Audi decided not to kid around. The Audi R8 LMS GT2 was built for the brand new international racing spec—the GT2. This spec is class of race car that requires less downforce but also boasts more power. The Audi version meets that need for power with a 5.2-liter V10 that puts out 640 horsepower and more than 405 lb-ft of torque, which Audi claims makes it the most powerful Audi sport product yet. “This sports car with its emotive high-performance V10 engine marks the top end of our customer racing program,” stated Oliver Hoffmann, CEO of Audio Sport GmbH.
The GT2 has a lot in common with the R8 Spyder. In fact, the car is built on an R8 Spyder chassis. The naturally aspirated engine connects to a seven-speed double-clutch S tronic transmission. All told, the GT2 brings 123 horsepower per liter of displacement to the track. That much power also required other changes, including a complete redesign of the suspension system. The GT2 also benefits from a roof-mounted air intake to keep things cool.
As powerful as the engine is, the cabin is just as barren. There’s plenty of roll cage and harness, but not much else. Crash nets abound, and there’s carbon fiber all over. The steering wheel is removable. This isn’t a daily commuter—unless you need to get to work really, really fast. As for aerodynamics, the GT2 comes with an aggressive front splitter that makes the car look angry, and large rear diffusers to complement the rear wing.
The GT2 is part of Audi’s customer racing offerings. The first GT2s are set to be delivered before the end of the year. If you’re interested in picking up one for yourself, you can expect to pay $380,000 US.