Audi homologating R8 LMS for Grand-Am

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Audi is targeting the American market by developing a dedicated racing version of its R8 LMS race car that will conform to Grand-Am regulations.

The R8 LMS was initially created to take part in the FIA GT3 European Championship and various national racing series, and has already amassed over 100 victories in its short life.

However, the model currently used in other parts of the world, including Europe, Australia and Asia, wouldn’t get past Grand-Am regulations, so quattro GmbH will be carrying out a few modifications before it can get the green light. These include the use of thicker-walled tubing in the roll cage, new front splitter, rear diffuser and Grand-Am-spec rear wing.

The engine’s electronics will be tweaked and an air restrictor added, resulting in a drop in power from 368 kW/493 bhp to between 331 and 346 kW (450 and 470 HP). The R8’s standard anti-lock system and traction control are banned because they’re viewed as driving aids in the USA.

The car will make its début at 2012 Daytona 24 Hours.

[Source: Audi Motorsport]

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