“Audi has been active in motorsport on a tip turn for generations,” says Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director during Audi Sport with shortcoming for a Audi R and RS models that Audi sells underneath a “Audi Sport” label. “With a Audi R8 LMS, Audi, in a really brief time, managed to build a successful patron racing module alongside a bureau commitments. The Audi R8 LMS has given turn a marketplace personality in a segment. We have a same skeleton for a Audi RS 3 LMS, that offers patron teams an appealing event to get started in fascinating Audi racing.”
The Audi RS 3 LMS was grown by Audi Sport patron racing for a comparatively new TCR category. In further to an general TCR series, with some of a races being hold as partial of FIA Formula One World Championship ancillary programs, some-more and some-more inhabitant racing array for TCR furloughed cars are being founded. Even vital continuation events like a Nürburgring 24 Hours are now including TCR classes.
“The intensity of a TCR marketplace is even incomparable than that of a GT3 category,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport patron racing. “With a TCR chronicle of a RS 3 we’re also reaching countries where no GT3 races are held.The costs for a TCR competition automobile are really low. As a result, we’re going to win new business for Audi Sport as well. In terms of support and tools supply, they’ll advantage from a practice we’ve been entertainment with a Audi R8 LMS given 2009, that a GT3 business have already come to appreciate.”
The Audi RS 3 LMS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in about 4.5 seconds and achieves a tip speed of about 240 km/h. In TCR trim, a proven four-cylinder two-liter TFSI engine delivers 243 kW (330 HP).
In terms of safety, Audi Sport patron racing is not creation any compromises. The endless reserve package includes an FIA-conformant reserve fuel tank, a racing reserve cell, a PS3 reserve seat, FIA reserve nets on both sides of a chair and a rescue induce in a roof like a one used in a Audi R8 LMS.
The deliveries of a initial Audi RS 3 LMS cars to business began in Dec 2016. Just in time before a seasons of a vital TCR racing array got underway, Audi had delivered 90 cars worldwide. The squeeze cost is 129,000 euros (plus VAT) for a TCR chronicle with a consecutive six-speed racing delivery and 99,000 euros (plus VAT) for a bar competition version.