Audi has unveiled their new R8 LMS GT2 racer for the 2020 model year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
And it has the most power of any R8 ever made by Audi: 640 horsepower from a 5.2-L naturally-aspirated V10 engine.
For those looking to race and where money is no object, may we suggest the new 2020 Audi R8 LMS GT2? Audi has unveiled the latest race version of their venerable R8 supercar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and in keeping with the trend of R8s going back as far as 2006, it's more powerful than ever before.
Audi didn't say how they managed to get the R8's 5.2-L V10 to produce 640 horsepower, but it does. Combined with the same fast-swapping 7-speed dual-clutch transmission as the road version and a weight-saving diet of carbon fiber, the R8 GT2 is the fastest R8 ever made.
As with most race-oriented vehicles, the R8's interior has been stripped out to make way for a steel roll cage. Exposed carbon fiber showcases the car's dedication to lightness--the car's dry weight is just 2,976 lbs, which is 220 lighter than even the GT4 version.
Brakes and suspension have been taken from the GT3 and GT4-spec R8s but have combined with new carbon fiber underfloor aero elements, a redesigned front splitter, and a rear diffuser taken from the GT4 but made of carbon fiber.
The GT2 will slot in between the GT3 and GT4 racers, with the GT2 intended to be the entry-level offering from Audi Sports customer racing. We're not sure then why Audi would offer the most powerful R8 to its new "gentleman racers" as that seems like a great way to kill your customers. Maybe that's the point.
Orders are open now for the R8 LMS GT2 at the low price of $379,000 USD. Audi expects the car to appeal to track-day enthusiasts and "racing resort" drivers, and although they don't currently have any championships planned for the GT2, "international series are being planned at least in Europe and in North America."
Deliveries begin this December.