Audi has pulled the covers off its brand new GT4-spec Audi R8 LMS at the New York International Auto Show.
The GT4 car will slot in between the Audi R8 LMS GT3 and the RS3 LMS TCR touring car in its customer racing line-up.
It makes Audi the latest manufacturer to take advantage of the low-cost GT4 regs, which have been adopted in the US, Asia and Australia alongside European nations.
"Thirteen racing series in which GT4 models can compete worldwide already exist today," says Stephan Winkelmann, managing director of Audi Sport.
"Audi Sport GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers offering cars in the GT3 and TCR customer sport categories. Now we're targeting the GT4 class at exactly the right time.
"These fast-growing business segments and the DNA shared by our race cars and production vehicles underscore our ambition to become a true global player in the high-performance league."
The 495hp GT4 racer shares 60% of it components with the road-going R8 Coupe, contributing to the lower purchase and running costs compared to the GT3 car.
The car will make its competitive debut in the Nurburgring 24 Hour race at the end of May.
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