Audi's new R8 LMS GT3 Race Car Looks Mean as Hell

It's also a good hint at what the newly refreshed R8 road car might look like.

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Máté Petrány

Audi just unveiled its newly refreshed 2019 R8 LMS GT3 race car at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, sporting a bunch of mechanical improvements and a more muscular, angular fascia. We can't get enough of it.

This isn't a totally new car—it's still the same rear-wheel drive, naturally-aspirated V10-powered R8 LMS we know and love—it just has a bunch of little changes and detail improvements to make it even more competitive for Audi's customers worldwide. That new fascia, along with some other minor body changes, provide better aero and cooling during severe driving conditions (like, you know, on a race track). Audi has also upped the durability and elongated the service intervals of the transmission and clutch. That means less time and money spent in the garage, and more time spent on track. Just how we like it.

The best part? Teams that already own a current-gen LMS will be able to upgrade their cars with these new parts, if they so desire. If you want the whole upgrade kit, it'll run you 28,000 euros (around $32,000). If you want an entirely new car, that'll run you 398,000 euros (around $459,000). Expensive, we know, but this is a world-class factory race car that's won multiple championships, after all. It's certainly not going to come cheap.

According to Audi, deliveries for the 2019 Audi R8 LMS GT3 will start in November of this year, which is just a month away. By the end of the year, Audi expects the car to be granted FIA homologation, meaning that when 2019 comes along, the car will be eligible for title events around the world, including IMSA and the World Endurance Championship. We can't wait to see it on track next season, particularly at the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring.

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