Audi used the backdrop of New York to unveil its latest race car, the Audi R8 LMS GT4. It's meant for production-based racing, which means this car is directly related to theyou'll see out on the road.
It's not just a lookalike atop a completely bespoke race chassis, although, obviously, it's been heavily modified for racing. Audi says approximately 60 percent of the R8 LMS GT4's parts come from the road-legal R8, which the automaker claims will help keep its purchase price from getting out of control.
GT4 isn't a series with a high cost of entry, and that's intentional. Whereas other classes like GT3 are for full-time racing teams with big budgets, GT4 is largely for privateers -- folks with money who want to become race car drivers.
It appears that the GT4 sports the regular R8's 5.2-liter V10, although power is down due to series regulations, from 602 horsepower to a maximum of 495 hp.