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Ahead of the 2009 season, Audi Sport diversified its operation by establishing a customer motor sport program. Up until that point the competition arm of the German manufacturer had exclusively built prototype racers and touring cars for works or works-supported teams. The first product of the program was a GT3 version of the R8 road car.

Dubbed the R8 LMS, Audi's first GT3 racer shared many of the same underpinnings with the production machine but necessary changes had to be carried through to comply with the regulations and to meet safety requirements. The most fundamental of these was abandoning the road car's all-wheel drive in favour of rear-wheel drive as specified by the regulations.

Anticipating the addition of a V10-powered version to the R8 road car line-up in 2009, the GT3 machine was already equipped with the ten cylinder engine also found in the Lamborghini Gallardo. Displacing just over 5.2 litre, the all-aluminium unit produced over 500 bhp. This was fed to the rear wheels through the standard six-speed gearbox, modified to be operated by paddles behind the steering wheel.

What was carried over almost unaltered was the aluminium spaceframe chassis. Suspension was by double wishbones with coil springs and hydraulic dampers. Optional on the road car, the GT3 racer was equipped with ventilated ceramic discs. Sophisticated driver aides like a race-specific ABS and a minutely adjustable traction control system were also fitted.

While closely resembling the road going R8, the R8 LMS is clothed in a bespoke bodywork. As on the road car, the panels were constructed from a mix of aluminium and carbon fibre. What set the competition body apart are the larger intakes, front splitter and much deeper sills. The finishing touch is a large rear wing, which had a virtual identical profile as the one used on the Le Mans winning R10 TDI.

Article by Wouter Melissen, last updated on November 21, 2011

Technical data Audi R8 LMS ultra (2012): Length 4670 mm | Width 1994 mm | Height 1195 mm
Models for Audi R8 LMS Evo|Ultra
Manufacturer Model Scale Dimensions (LxWxH) Wheelbase Front spur Rear spur
Scaleauto SC-7044 RTR Whitekit 1/24 187.0x83.0x47.0 110.0 82.5 82.5
Scaleauto SC-7043 #98 Phoenix 1/24 187.0x83.0x47.0 110.0 82.5 82.5
Scaleauto SC-7045 #80 Phoenix 1/24 187.0x83.0x47.0 110.0 82.5 82.5

#07 Sportsline ABT Sportsline (D) 2009
Participated in:

ADAC GT Masters Nrburgring ADAC 1000KM-Rennen Nrburgring 23.8.2009
Audi R8 LMS #AS42A0FGT309 0112 - Abt Sportsline Audi R8 LMS #AS42A0FGT309 0112 - Audi V10/90 4v DOHC 5200 cc N/A GT3
Closed bodywork
Driven by: Florian Gruber (D)Peter Terting (D)
listed, never drove: Shane Williams (ZA)
Result: Race 1: 8th ; Race 2: 7th
Grid: race 1: 16th (2:02.048), race 2: 13th (2:00.279)
Sponsors: unknown Colours: unknown
Tyres: unknown
Photo updated: 27/08/2009 Photo by courtesy of: RSC

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