Audi R8 LMS homologation causes a stir

Audi R8 LMS and Allan McNish

Audi has announced, that the Audi R8 LMS will be offered to more customer racing teams worldwide after some hugely successful outings.

Since 2008, when the GT3 car was released at the Essen Motor Show, Audi has rolled out a customer racing programme, making the homologation model available for private teams to race.
Now, 41 Audi R8 LMS models are racing in 18 championships worldwide and Audi will build on this by offering the North American market dedicated racing cars to conform with Grand-Am regulations as early as January 2012.

The R8 LMS, which recently celebrated its 100th victory at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, is a winner on the track because of the largely standard V10 engine, which Audi claims offers a much longer service life.

Romolo Liebchen, head of Audi Sport customer racing, said:"The V10 engine from the production R8 remains almost unchanged for racing purposes and has a very long service life as a consequence. This is exactly what customer sport needs because the running costs are kept low in the process."

Typically, the V10 can last for 20,000 km before needing a rebuild, a huge benefit in racing terms.
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