One-of-a-kind Audi R8 unveiled as prize for 2018 Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup GT3 champion

05/22/2018

  • Bespoke Audi R8 Coupé V10 RWS presented at legendary Nürburgring
  • Sports meets luxury in unique road car built by Audi Sport exclusively for the Cup
  • More prizes on offer: Two seats for Cup team at 2019 24 Hours of Spa still up for grabs at races in China and Malaysia

Beijing, May 22, 2018 – For the first time in Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup history, the 2018 GT3 champion will drive away with a unique Audi R8 Coupé V10 RWS. The rear-wheel powered masterpiece was presented by Michael-Julius Renz, Chairman of Audi Sport GmbH during Germany’s Nürburgring 24 Hours race, where drivers, teams and guests in the exclusive Audi race hospitality got a first look at the most valuable prize ever awarded in the Cup’s seven year history.

“This bespoke Audi R8 Coupé V10 RWS is a one-of-a-kind model which can only be owned by winning the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup’s GT3 category, it’s truly a prize that money can’t buy,” said Martin Kuehl, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia.

Produced exclusively by hand and powered by a mid-mounted V10 engine with 397 kW (540 hp), the high-performance sports car shines in antique gold metallic. The new Audi exclusive colour makes its debut with the prize. Many Audi Sport Performance parts are included, such as elements of the carbon Aerokit, sport wheels, brake linings, adjustable suspensions and a steering wheel in Alcantara black. The sporty-yet-luxurious theme carries through to the interior of fine nappa leather, and elegant decorative inlays. R8 heated buckets seats, state-of-the-art stainless-steel brake pedals and footrests, and personalised door sills create a rarefied environment.

Built-in intuitive management from the MMI Navigation system with MMI touch®, Audi smartphone interface for Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, and cruise control make this the ideal car for a champion’s day off.

Having now set eyes on the magnificent Audi R8 prize, the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup’s exclusive privateer field will be all the more voracious when the season continues in September at China’s Ningbo.

Also still up for grabs are two more seats on an Audi Sport customer racing Asia team at the 2019 Total 24 Hours of Spa. Andrew Haryanto from Indonesia and Bhurit Bhirombhakdi from Thailand have secured their participation already as the leading point-scorers from the respective Cup rounds in Adelaide, Australia and at the Nürburgring, Germany. Two more Road to Spa winners will be decided in China and Malaysia.

The Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup is operated by Audi Sport customer racing Asia.

The series is supported by NINE Entertainment, Pirelli, Castrol Edge, sportauto and CTVS.

Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup 2018 calendar
Rounds 1 & 2 / March 3-4 / Adelaide Street Circuit, Australia
Rounds 3 & 4 / May 11-12 / Nürburgring (Grand Prix circuit), Germany
Rounds 5 & 6 / September 1-2 / Ningbo International Speedway, China
Rounds 7 & 8 / October 5-6 / Shanghai International Circuit, China
Invitational Race / October 7 / SIC 888, Shanghai International Circuit, China
Rounds 9 & 10 / November 23-25 / Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

For additional details, visit:www.audi-motorsport-asia.com.