The upgrades to the Audi R8 LMS GT3 to its new ‘Evo II’ specification have been entirely customer focused according to Audi Sport’s head of customer racing, Chris Reinke.
The new 2022 model, announced earlier this month, features a number of improvements from the current Evo, primarily in aerodynamics, traction control, engine characteristics, chassis and climate control.
While covering a wide range of areas, Reinke emphasized that none of the updates were performance-oriented and instead catered to a wide range of customers around the world.
Among the changes are an all-new rear spoiler for extra downforce, a new intake system, four-way adjustable shock absorbers, as well as a new traction control system and air conditioning unit.
“For me, the spirit of the Evo II is the commitment to customer racing,” he told Sportscar365. “I think every detail that has been changed in the car is focused solely on the customer.
“Our main base is customers, although we [have] Strategic entrances and thus professional drivers.
“The rule is that customers always race. No matter what we change, it is always in the interest of our customers.
“This is how we try to focus as a racing operation for customers and the proof is this particular car.”
Reinke said they “eliminated” any potential performance items from their checklist to focus instead on their customers’ needs.
“My professional drivers probably don’t need conditioning,” he said. “But our drivers, like these [racing] In Asia it is needed to remove moisture from the air.
“We have our perfect setup here [in SRO] With the Pirelli tire used here for paved roads in Europe. But those cars are racing all over the world, so we need a wider window to set them up.
“Thus, traction control is a metric system and the four-way damper will help cover changing conditions around the world.
“This is just to have a wide range of opportunities to enter the vehicle through our customer base.”
The car, which made its debut at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend (pictured above), is set to undergo test races later this year before its global rollout in 2022.
Customers will be able to buy an all-new car for €429,000 (US$510,000) or opt for the Evo kit at €27,000 (US$32,000).
Reinke said variables related to the COVID-19 pandemic have made it unclear what percentage of teams will choose to upgrade their existing R8 LMS GT3 Evo or receive an all-new car.
“We have a different focus,” he said. “We want to have a wide, happy customer base that automatically scales up.
Most of the pro teams write [the cars] Maybe it’s over [over] Three or four years. There have been long periods during the pandemic.
“We know there are a lot of structures that are too late to be replaced.
“If they choose to upgrade or buy a new car, whatever suits their business condition, it is important to us that their business condition for the coming years is stable because they are still our customers.
“If we over-expand their business by incentivizing them to buy a new car, and so we lose them as a customer in two years because they overstepped their bounds, it wouldn’t help us.
“We are long-term in business. For us there are no certain expectations. And with the state of the pandemic, we have no reference from the past.”
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