El carro de competencias actualizado permite ajustar el ABS y control de tracción, en marcha.

Audi le había dado un lavado de rostro a su célebre R8 hace alrededor de un año, y ahora le aplicó estos cambios a la versión de competencias LMS GT4. El carro de pista toma aproximadamente un 60% de los elementos del modelo de calle, y se fabrica en la misma fábrica de Böllinger Höfe en Neckarsulm, Alemania. Fue un arma exitosa con 17 títulos en las pistas de todo el mundo durante 2018 para pilotos privados, es decir que no son contratados por una fábrica.

El motor V10 de 5.2 litros produce 488 caballos de fuerza para cumplir con las regulaciones, se conecta a una transmisión automática de siete marchas con doble embrague. Este nuevo modelo estrena la posibilidad de ajustar el ABS y el control de tracción en ocho niveles distintos mediante dos perillas montadas en el centro del volante. Éste fue reemplazado por el que lleva el R8 GT2 lanzado anteriormente este año.

Galería: Audi R8 LMS GT4 2020

La versión revisada del R8 LMS GT4 está homologada para competir en 27 campeonatos diferentes en América, Europa, Asia, Australia y Sudáfrica, la mayoría de ellos son certámenes anuales. También puede participar en eventos puntuales como las 24 Horas de Nurburgring o Dubai.

El R8 LMS GT4 posee tracción trasera igual que el modelo de calle presentado ayer. A diferencia del R8 V10 basado en el modelo previo de edición limitada, este será fabricado en serie. Más liviano y barato que el R8 Quattro, está disponible en dos versiones, Coupe y Spyder con el motor FSI de 562 caballos de fuerza y 413 libras-pie de torque como el R8 de tracción trasera anterior.

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The race car: Audi R8 LMS GT4

The GT4 race car, which is directly derived from the production model with about 60 percent carry-over parts and, like the road-going version, is being produced at Böllinger Höfe at the Neckarsulm location is exclusively intended for privateer drivers. Since 2018, the previous model has clinched as many as 17 titles worldwide in racing, and now the freshly refined version has arrived. With visual cues taken directly from the production model, the new race car impresses with driving dynamics having been enhanced once again. The 5.2-liter V10 engine, delivering up to 364 kW (495 hp) as specified by the regulations, powers the race car via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Two innovations make it easier for drivers to battle for points and trophies even in challenging conditions. For the first time, the ABS braking and TC traction control systems can be precisely adjusted. The program characteristics allow for eight different settings, respectively, which the driver can individually select, depending on weather, track conditions and tire grip, etc. in racing. For this purpose, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 is equipped with the steering wheel of the GT2 racing version. The two rotary switches for ABS and TC are centrally located in the steering wheel, directly within the drivers’ view. This allows them to immediately respond to new challenges and to configure their personal setup of both systems while keeping their eyes focused on the race track. As most GT4 racing series prescribe driver changes, individual preferences can be easily and accurately selected before and after the pit stop. With these enhanced setup options, the drivers of the Audi R8 LMS GT4 are now even more competitive. Currently, there are 27 fielding opportunities in America, Asia, Australia, Europe and South Africa. Most of them exist in full-season championships, but also in stand-alone events such as the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and in Dubai. The Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup in Europe and the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup with rounds in Asia and Australia offer entrants the opportunity to compete against each other in identical cars. In the remainder of the events, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 is pitted against the competition of up to eleven models from other manufacturers. Fields of 40 entrants and more are not uncommon in GT4 racing.