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Audi R8 LMS - click above for high res image gallery

When Audi announced its new GT3 class R8 LMS race car late last year it was expecting 2009 to be a year of learning and development. As it turned out, it was a hugely successful season, landing championships in the FIA European GT series, along with the German and Belgian national series. All told, the R8s captured 23 race victories.

In 2010 the new GT Challenge class for GT3 type cars will become a permanent fixture of the American Le Mans Series as the GT1 class is consigned to history. During the 2009 season, GT Challenge was mainly the province of Porsche 911s. However, with the R8s success in Europe this year, Audi is considering offering the car to North American customers for the 2011 season. While the car could probably be competitive in 2010, Audi wants to set up a customer support infrastructure first.

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  • BFGoodrich Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nuerburgring, 34. DMV Muensterlandpokal (2009-10-31): Frank Stippler, Frank Biela, Marc Basseng (Audi R8 LMS). Foto: Jan Brucke/VLN

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      • 5 Years Ago
      If they're going to allow this car in the Challenge Series, then why not add the Callaway built Corvette Z06R's the only car competitive with the Audi in Europe ??
      BTW, under current rules this Audi R8 LMS would kill the Porsche GT Challenge cup cars allowed last year, they were not true GT3 cars but lower "Cup" spec cars. At many tracks in Germany , Belgium , and France the Audi's were only beaten by the GT1 Vettes and Maserati MC12's. If run at a high spec, only the fastest GT2 cars will beat them.
      I believe we will see some major "competitive balancing" here. This car is too good for the other brands to beat as the rules are now. For example this car beat the GT1 Nissan GTR in nearly every race they ran together.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring it to ALMS and I will order my tickets for the July race at Limerock Race Track, last year was good but lacked a lot of manufacturers compared to 2008.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ALMS just keeps getting better!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That'd be fantastic. It uses the V8 (RS4) engine, not the Lambo V10, right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd guess the V8 since the GT Challenge class is very rules driven in terms of HP and displacement.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As an Audi fan this is awesome news, I'm pretty sure its the V10 engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, it'll be very heavily restricted then. It might be better off with the V8 it could make the same power and at least save on weight. But I'm sure the teams who run it can't choose, only one config will get fully developed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        including the v10 emblem right behind the front wheels.

        if indeed the car show is the car which will compete in 2011.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks way hot as a racecar...
      • 5 Years Ago
      w00t, bring it.
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