• Audi Sport customer racing’s most recent product a sales success
• Highest level of synergies between production and racing
Neuburg a. d. Donau/Neckarsulm, March 16, 2018 – In close vicinity to the Neckarsulm
location, the 50th Audi R8 LMS GT4 was driven out of the assembly hall at “Audi Böllinger
Höfe” in Heilbronn in mid-March. The GT4 model is a worldwide sales success and, like no
other race car at Audi, benefits from synergies in terms of its technical concept and
production in the flexible, low-volume manufacturing operation. Since deliveries began on
December 15, 2017, Audi Sport customer racing has produced 50 race cars and further orders
are on hand.
The driverless transportation system moves a race car amidst the high-performance models for
consumers through the special low-volume R8 manufacturing operation. What looks like an
arranged photo subject is daily manufacturing routine at Audi Sport. The GT4 race car is actually
produced at the same facility as the production version and passes through the same 15 cycles,
from the body shop to the inspection station. There the same employees that approve the
quality of the production model are responsible for quality inspection of the race car as well.
Both versions share some 60 percent of their components. The kinship in the chassis and the
powertrain areas is particularly close. The 5.2-liter V10 engine and the S tronic 7-speed doubleclutch
transmission of both models are near-identical.
In terms of its chassis the race car benefits from the excellent genes of the road-approved car as
well. 79 percent of the multi-material Audi Space Frame (ASF) consists of aluminum and 13
percent of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) which results in both high strength and light
weight. For racing, it is provided with specific additional equipment for safety and service such
as the steel roll cage or the air jack. The employees install these systems in the pre-production
operation prior to cycling the car into the assembly line. The production model and the racing
version pass through the same painting process as well. The GT4 receives its special Florett
Silver color in the Edition paint shop.
“We take pride in this achievement of being able to build the race car in such close combination
with the production model,” says Wolfgang Schanz, Head of Production Audi Sport GmbH. “This
yields maximum synergies for the entire Audi Sport brand.” Currently, one Audi R8 LMS GT4 is
driven out of the assembly halls per day. Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing: “Our
customers directly benefit from these advantages. We offer the ready-to-race model at a price
below 200,000 euros. In return, the teams receive a new race car in premium quality, as the
one-two class win of the Audi R8 LMS GT4 by customer team Phoenix Racing in the 24-hour race
in Dubai in January proved.”
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 will be competing this season in various series and single events in
America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Two one-make cups open up attractive fielding
opportunities for GT4 customers as well: The Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup includes a class for this
model and the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup is exclusively dedicated to this car.
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The Audi Group, with its brands Audi, Ducati and Lamborghini, is one of the most successful manufacturers
of automobiles and motorcycles in the premium segment. It is present in more than 100 markets
worldwide and produces at 16 locations in twelve countries. 100 percent subsidiaries of AUDI AG include
Audi Sport GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and Ducati
Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy).
In 2017, the Audi Group delivered to customers about 1.878 million automobiles of the Audi brand,
3,815 sports cars of the Lamborghini brand and 55,900 motorcycles of the Ducati brand. In the 2016
fiscal year, AUDI AG achieved total revenue of €59.3 billion and an operating profit of €3.1 billion. At
present, approximately 90,000 people work for the company all over the world, more than 60,0