The Audi R8 LMS race car has been updated ahead of the 2019 racing season, with improvements to the car’s aerodynamics, brake cooling, clutch and transmission.

“We deliberately chose to make moderate modifications instead of pursuing a comprehensive evolution. This is economically sensible for both new customers and for those teams that are able to easily retrofit their existing cars with all new components,” says Chris Reinke, head of Audi Sport customer racing.

Should you already own a second-generation R8 LMS, the retrofitting process will cost you 28,000 euros (RM133,813). On the other hand, if you’re interested to join the world of GT3 racing (or other applicable racing series) for the first time, a brand-new 2019 R8 LMS will set you back 398,000 euros (RM1,904,955), with deliveries slated to begin in November.

In terms of aerodynamics, the new car comes with a slightly modified body and front splitter, which provides more consistent downforce while adhering to FIA rules. Audi Sport adds that the higher aerodynamic stability pairs well with different suspension setups that teams will run on their cars.

Similarly, better consistency was the focal point in the area of brake cooling, with improved airflow to the brake system and more efficient hot air extraction from the ventilated brake discs. This prevents overheating at racing speeds, while achieving more consistent tyre pressures.

As for the powertrain components, the R8 LMS’ three-plate clutch gets improved wear protection to extend the build interval by more than 50%. Furthermore, the sequential six-speed transmission receives revised gear teeth and reinforced bearings for longevity, coupled with reduced wear of the locking differential.

The engine remains a 5.2 litre V10 with up to 585 PS (577 hp) and more than 550 Nm of torque, which is produced on the same assembly line as the road car. Following racing standards, the scheduled service interval is unchanged at 10,000 km and rebuild intervals are 20,000 km.

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