The Audi R8 LMS has had a lot of work going on to make the race winning car meet new 2016 GT3 race regulations.
The result, the car has been made much lighter, safer and has a lot of race technology in it. Audi is the only manufacturer to get the car ready for the 2016 season at the beginning of the 2015 season itself.
The Audi R8 LMS has had extensive work put in to improve aerodynamics as well.
The R8 LMS surpasses the safety requirements of the regulations to be introduced in 2016. The car uses a modified structure of the front end and a CFRP crash element at the rear that is being used for the first time.
A rescue opening in the roof as used in DTM race touring cars is now being introduced in a GT3 race car for the first time as well. After an accident, it allows the driver's helmet to be taken off in a way that avoids stressing the spinal column.
Audi has managed to shed 25 kg in the new car. As a result, the car weighs just 1,225 kilograms. The torsional stiffness of the stressed frame has increased by 39 percent.
The 5.2-litre, V10 engine with a power output of 585 hp leaves the same line as the production unit, but has a rebuild interval of 20,000 km as per race standards.