Audi R8 LMS GT2 set for China premiere

09/29/2020

  • First customer session at Shanghai International Circuit on September 30
  • Leading Audi customer teams to host test days over two-month China tour
  • 640 horsepower model to be on show at China’s leading motorsport events and series

Beijing, September 29, 2020 – Audi Sport customer racing’s most powerful ever model, the Audi R8 LMS GT2, will hit Chinese race tracks for the first time as the car embarks on a two-month tour of the country’s leading circuits. Kicking off with a customer experience session at Shanghai International Circuit on September 30, the model will then visit circuits in Zhuhai, Ningbo and Zhejiang for a series of customer test sessions, show laps and experiential activities.

“The Audi R8 LMS GT2 is an extraordinary vehicle that must be experienced first-hand, and we are delighted that our customers across China will do just that over the coming weeks,” said Alexander Blackie, Manager of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “Together with our teams, we have put together a packed programme of exclusive experiences across the country.”

The Audi R8 LMS GT2 will break cover at the Shanghai International Circuit with Chinese motorsport legend Cheng Congfu leading the first customer experience session for the vehicle. Customers will also have the chance to get behind the wheel of the car in October and November with test sessions at both the Shanghai and Zhuhai circuits.

In addition, teams and drivers attending the China Endurance Championship round at the Ningbo International Speedpark on October 16 will be able to get up close to the Audi R8 LMS GT2, with the car also making an appearance at the Zhejiang International Circuit in Shaoxing.

As part of the China tour, selected journalists and online influencers will also get their first experiences of Audi Sport’s newest race car.

Further customer, media and fan activities with the Audi R8 LMS GT2 will be announced in the coming weeks.

The GT2 concept stands for a unique balance of fascination and lap times that is specifically tailored to suit the needs of privateer drivers. Directly derived from the Audi R8 Spyder V10 performance quattro, at 470 kW (640 hp), the Audi R8 LMS GT2 is the most powerful sports car in the history of the customer racing program of the Four Rings.

Equipped with full racing suspension, and meeting the highest international safety standards, its distinctive CFRP panels and winglets make it visually captivating, while the signature roof scoop is both eye catching and functional, operating as an air intake for the naturally aspirated engine.

As the fourth Audi Sport customer racing model, the Audi R8 LMS GT2 joins the multiple championship-winning Audi R8 LMS GT3, Audi R8 LMS GT4 and Audi RS 3 LMS in the customer racing stable of the Four Rings.