World debuts and premieres are coming thick and fast at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, but one in particular would have piqued the interest of the gentleman racers among the ranks of passionate petrolheads, and that was the Audi R8 LMS GT2.
Audi R8 LMS GT2 – the ultimate customer race car?
Unveiled by Audi Sport customer racing with Oliver Hoffmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH, Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing and nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, together with the Duke of Richmond, the sports R8 LMS GT2 is the most powerful offering yet from the customer racing programme.
With an output of 470kW (640hp) and powered by the emotive high-performance V10, the R8 LMS GT2 marks the pinnacle of the customer racing offering, and will be highly sought-after by the gentleman racers who have operated as the backbone of the GT racing world for so long.
“The legendary event at Goodwood is the ideal venue for unveiling such a fascinating sports car,” said Oliver Hoffmann. The race car has been created for a future racing category. The GT2 class will come to life in Europe and North America in 2020, aiming to fill a gap between the existing GT3 and GT4 categories and specifically feature cars with high longitudinal dynamics.
The Audi R8 LMS GT2 is the ideal sports car for classic fielding in races, as well as being suitable for track days and events at race resorts, which enjoy increasing popularity among amateur and professional drivers alike.
Visually it delivers, too, with a large wing and futuristic aero styling. If it races as well as it looks, then Audi’s customers can look forward to a very successful 2020 GT2 season.
Photography by Joe Harding.
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