Audi has used the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed to unveil its latest customer racing car. And what a great-looking car it is. It’s called the Audi R8 LMS GT2.
Not only does it look the biz, the new racer is the most powerful customer racing car Audi has ever made. Sitting right behind the driver is a 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 that kicks out 470kW of fun-filled power. That’s 640hp in the old language.
The R8 LMS car has been designed for the upcoming GT2 racing class, which will debut in Europe and North America in 2020. It slots between the GT3 and GT4 classes, specifically for cars that offer high longitudinal dynamics. That is, cars that specialise in power and braking performance.
Audi says the R8 LMS GT2 will also be suitable for track days and events at bespoke resorts that feature a race track. And so it probably comes as no surprise that Audi wanted to show the car to the world during the Goodwood Festival over the weekend, as it features a unique hill climb track within the grounds. Oliver Hoffmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH, said:
“This sports car with its emotive high-performance V10 engine marks the top end of our customer racing program. The legendary event at Goodwood is the ideal venue for unveiling such a fascinating sports car.”
Interested punters were given an opportunity to see how the car goes and looks during the Festival, with Le Mans champ Tom Kristensen behind the wheel. We’re sure you’ll agree, it is one of the most spectacular-looking racing cars of modern times. The fluoro green highlights really make the car pop, but the angular detailing of the body design is also very alluring.
Audi says the starting price of the new R8 LMS GT2 is 338,000 euros (plus VAT). The order books are open now, with deliveries scheduled to commence in December. Can’t wait that long to see it on the track? Check out the video below from the Goodwood Festival for more.