Audi has unveiled its second-generation RS 3 LMS TCR car, following on from its championship-winning model that debuted in touring car competition in 2017.
The German manufacturer presented the car in a ‘virtual premiere’ on Friday ahead of its expected debut in the second half of the year to customers in TCR championships worldwide, including eligibility in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.
The car features a new-generation two-liter four-cylinder engine as well as a new Hewland sequential gearbox and improved ergonomics in the cockpit along with refreshed bodywork that remains disguised ahead of the new RS 3 road car launch later this year.
“We are underlining the importance of motorsport for our road-going products and presenting a race car still in disguise before the spearhead of the corresponding production model is on the market,” said Audi Sport GmbH managing director and Head of Audi motorsport Julius Seebach.
“The Audi RS 3 LMS is a clear commitment to customer racing and stands for records in our program. We want to continue the remarkable series of successes of the first generation with the new model.”
Audi’s first-gen RS 3 LMS TCR delivered 38 championships, 16 drivers’ titles, 279 victories, including 764 podiums in 1,051 races worldwide in the four seasons of competition to date. It came in a production run of 180 units.
“The development goals for our latest model focused on the customers,” said Head of Audi Sport customer racing Chris Reinke.
“Whether it’s about running times or setup options, safety or ergonomics: we want to offer the teams a car that is even more of a race car than before.”