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The Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II 2022 is a professional racing car for its fans

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Winning motorsports is what racing teams and drivers yearn for. While there is always adrenaline, thrill and fun, the maximum happiness that teams and drivers get in winning races cannot be paid for. However, in motor racing – including the incredible GT3 – winning is subject to several factors. In the first place, winning is not only about the human being, but the machine as well, although there are several other factors.

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Depending on how this winning recipe is prepared, teams and drivers win races and titles. While the designers and engineers do not have control over the skills and racing spirit of their driver, they do have wrenches to build a car that can win races and even championships. The way they made racing cars that can harness the skills of drivers is among the many amazing things about professional racing.

One of the notable racing cars is the GT3-spec Audi R8 LMS. Since its introduction in 2015, this car has claimed 83 drivers’ titles worldwide as well as an additional 106 championship victories. The R8 LMS GT3 also won eight wins and 13 overall victories in two races that lasted 12 hours and 24 hours, respectively. This makes the car one of the most successful customer racing cars from Audi. In fact, Audi has successfully developed this professional racing car for its fans – 2022 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II.

The rear wing now generates a greater range of downforce

When Audi introduced the pre-race R8 LMS GT3 for the 2016 race season, it became the first GT3 with a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) rear bumper element. Powered by a 5.2-liter V10 delivering up to 585 horsepower, the instrumentation-loaded 2016 R8 LMS GT3 was light—at 2,700 lb (1,225 kg) it was a dominant track fighter built for customers.

The Audi Sport R8 LMS GT3 has not only taken it to a whole new level, but has developed it in many ways – with the goal of making the GT3 race car even more customer friendly from the 2022 season. Its evolution into the R8 LMS GT3 Evo II is made possible by focusing changes on five areas: Dynamics Aerodynamic features, engine, chassis and traction control as well as interior climate control.

Topping the changes is a new suspended rear spoiler that focuses not on higher aerodynamic numbers but on improving handling. This was achieved by making the rear wing responsible for a large proportion of the downforce generated. With this setup, the R8 LMS GT3 Evo II is less aerodynamically sensitive when braking.

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Significant changes to the engine, chassis and traction control

R8 LMS GT3 Evo II is Still powered by a 5.2-liter V10 mill that delivers 585 horsepower of peak power and over 405 lb-ft of peak torque (depending on regulations), but with a new intake system with a better torque curve. Audi Sport has extended the intake lanes by 30 mm to increase torque in the low and mid range. This means better acceleration from low speeds.

Audi Sport has also improved power transmission by ensuring that the traction control system can adapt the power flow – from the engine through the three-plate clutch and the six-speed transmission to the tyres. Now, the steering wheel has two switches that allow the driver to regulate the intervention of the traction control system.

The chassis now features a number of modified components, such as the four-way adjustable shock absorbers that replaced its two-way variant predecessor. Thanks to this, customer teams no longer have to go through more conversions in the R8 LMS GT3 Evo II just to achieve a wider range of chassis modification options. According to the automaker, Audi Sport has already tested these shock absorbers at the races at the Nürburgring.

The driver enjoys more comfort in the air conditioning

Audi Sport believes that air conditioning can help the driver stay focused in the cockpit, resulting in zero or fewer errors while ensuring consistent lap times throughout the race. The air conditioning system of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II extracts heat from the cockpit using a cooling circuit. Just like standard air conditioning systems found on road legal vehicles, the unit in the R8 LMS GT3 Evo II moves extracted air out and releases it there.

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A safe professional racing car for its fans

The new Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II builds on the safety elements of its predecessor, with some revisions made. For example, a modified chassis at the front and a CRFP crash element at the rear allow the car to comply with the Le Mans Models (LMP) crash test requirements. The R8 LMS GT3 Evo II also features the Audi Sport Protection PS03 seat as well as a roof rescue hatch that allows the driver’s helmet to be pulled up without damaging the spine.

Overall, the changes applied to the R8 LMS GT3 Evo II make it the definitive professional racing car for enthusiasts. Chris Reinke, Audi Sport’s head of customer racing, noted that apart from being easier to drive, the new race car could be prepared in a better way.

The complete Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II race car can be ordered at €429,000 (plus VAT), although an upgrade kit can also be used to modify existing models from Audi Sport.

Source: Audi

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