One year on from the dramatic victory clinched by the all-new R8 LMS on its race debut at the Nurburgring 24 Hours, Audi is paying homage to the GT3 car that can lay claim to no less than 323 overall wins with a special edition of the all-new, road-going R8. A total of 24 exclusive R8 V10 plus ‘selection 24h’ models will be built for the world market, combining competition-inspired styling enhancements with an exceptional specification that includes Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping, a sport exhaust, and laser lighting.
In the Le Mans 24 Hours alone, Audi has celebrated 13 overall wins in the past 15 years. The first five of these were secured by the R8 sports prototype, which gave its name to the production sports model. The Audi R8 LMS GT3 competition car made its circuit debut in 2009. Last year, the new generation of the Audi R8 LMS made a dream debut and won its first 24-hour race on the Nürburgring at the very first attempt.
Housing a virtually identical engine to the V10 plus, this race car tribute produces 602bhp and will do 0-62mph in a sprightly 3.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 205mph. Audi Combine competition-inspired styling enhancements with an exceptional specification, the front spoiler, wing mirrors, bonnet lid, rear wing and diffuser are all made from gloss-finish carbon fiber. The sideblades get the same treatment as well, and feature a unique ‘R8 24’ logo.
While the tricolour exterior will also help perform the same task, the interior is much more focused on satisfying its occupants. Audi says the driver will benefit from a “monoposto arc” designed to make the R8 feel like a race car, and other touches like the illuminated door sills will bear the serial numbers from 1 to 24 to mark each car from the rest.