Audi increases production on new R8 GT3 racer due to high demand

Audi has increased production of its new R8 GT3 racer and will deliver more than 50 cars to customers prior to the start of the season

Audi increases production on new R8 GT3 racer due to high demand

A pre-season run of 45 of the second-generation R8 LMSs was planned, but that figure has been increased through additional demand for the V10-powered car.

Audi is not putting an exact figure on the final production run, but has stated that it will be over 50.

Audi marketing boss Dietmar Voggenreiter said: "We have found that demand outstrips production capacity.

"We are sorry on one hand that we won't be able to cater for all teams, but on the other it shows the appeal of the R8 LMS."

Romolo Liebchen, head of customer racing at Audi Sport, told Autosport: "It is hard to say exactly how many we will build, but we can say the number will be over 50 and we could deliver all of them by March."

The first two customer R8 LMS GT3s competed in the GT World Cup in Macau earlier this month in the hands of Audi Hong Kong and the Absolute Racing teams.

The Audi Hong Kong car, again run by the German Phoenix team, will be joined by a further three customer cars in the Sepang 12 Hours next month.

Phoenix will run one under its own banner in addition to the Hong Kong car, while the Belgian squad will also field two.

The official Audi entries for the World Cup from Phoenix and WRT, raced by Edoardo Mortara and Rene Rast respectively, were factory development cars.

The new R8 retails at €359,000 (£253,000) plus taxes.

shares
comments
Phoenix Audi team to run two cars in Sepang 12 Hours GT enduro

Previous article

Phoenix Audi team to run two cars in Sepang 12 Hours GT enduro

Next article

FF Corse Ferrari team steps up to ACO's new GT3 Le Mans Cup

FF Corse Ferrari team steps up to ACO's new GT3 Le Mans Cup
Load comments
The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever Plus

The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever

Had FIA GT boss Stephane Ratel had his way, the Maserati MC12 would never have been allowed to set foot in his series. It duly proved the class of the field that most had expected, but the Balance of Performance that its superiority spawned would keep GT1 battles tight and bring long-term benefits that sportscar racing enjoys today

GT
Sep 21, 2021
Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage Plus

Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage

The E-Type may be the most famous of all road-going Jaguars, but that didn't always translate into success on the track. After winning on its competition debut in 1961, motorsport success seemed an inevitability, but things didn’t turn out to be quite that straightforward

GT
Aug 6, 2021
Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60 Plus

Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60

It’s 60 years since the Jaguar E-type arrived and caused a sensation. As our resident racer Ben Anderson discovered when he got behind the wheel of two special racing versions at Brands Hatch, the thrill of driving them hasn't diminished over time

GT
Jul 31, 2021
The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat Plus

The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat

It's a significant achievement to win one 24-hour race in a year, let alone two, and with different manufacturers, but that's exactly what ROWE Racing did in 2020 at the Nurburgring and Spa. This weekend's German classic offers the DTM newcomer a chance of another unique double to add to its growing collection of accolades

GT
Jun 3, 2021
The new threat facing motorsport's greatest success story Plus

The new threat facing motorsport's greatest success story

The manufacturers were unconvinced – and even hostile – when Stephane Ratel launched GT3 in 2006. Now, 15 years on from its debut, they’ve sold more than 2000 cars and counting, but its continued expansion puts the increasingly globalised category at risk of losing its roots

GT
May 25, 2021
The Lamborghini teams plotting to stop a RAM raid on British GT Plus

The Lamborghini teams plotting to stop a RAM raid on British GT

With the Silver pairings that dominated 2020 now banned, Mercedes pair Yelmer Buurman and Ian Loggie could be in the box seat after winning last year's Pro-Am crown. But a swarm of Lamborghinis, with the defending outright champion among them, will ensure they face tough opposition

GT
May 21, 2021
How McLaren’s GT3 ‘single-seater’ defies expectations Plus

How McLaren’s GT3 ‘single-seater’ defies expectations

Time in a thoroughbred racer leaves you searching for time in yourself, especially when the rewards for total commitment are so high, as our man discovered at Snetterton

GT
Apr 28, 2021
How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy Plus

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy

Raffaele Marciello once appeared to be Ferrari’s next Italian F1 star, but is now under the pay of its German arch-rival in GTs – and he’s very happy with his life

GT
Apr 8, 2021