The Steller Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT4 is turning heads at our Northampton Audi showroom and there's no arguing as to why. The vehicle secured two championship wins over the last two years, winning the British GT4 Championship both in 2021 and 2022 with Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding being behind the wheel.
So, what is this version of the Audi R8? Let us help answer that for you.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 represents the entry into the fascinating and diverse world of GT racing. Dynamic and powerful with its normally aspirated V10 engine, delivery is instant, and the acceleration is precise sitting just under 500bhp and pushing over 550nm of torque. It also meets the highest safety standards, leaving nothing to chance where safety is concerned: from the optional tyre pressure warning system via the Audi sport customer racing, PS3 safety seat to the safety nets, a longitudinally adjustable seat and the roof hatch for rescue and recovery operations after accidents. Not to mention, a steel roll-cage that is connected to the aluminium-CFRP hybrid Audi Space Frame, an FT3 safety fuel cell and a splash-free quick fill motorsport-refuelling coupling to complete the full, designated safety package.
As quattro four-wheel drive is prohibited in the GT4 class of motorsport racing, Audi Sport utilises a 7-speed double-clutch transmission combined with rear-wheel drive. Two electro-hydraulically operated wet-type multi-plate clutches ensure shortest shifting events without tractive force interruption and a mechanical limited slip differential is also used on the rear axle. This form of power transfer, which has been adopted from road-going cars, holds up to all loads in racing as well so is more than ideal for the track.
In the ergonomically designed cockpit, the driver can activate and adjust various driving functions via the steering wheel and the centre console. An air conditioning system is standard and particularly helps amateurs and gentlemen drivers maintain their concentration even across longer racing distances. The body components are largely identical to those of the production car but have been optimized to support the race car’s aerodynamics and thermal management of the cooling and braking systems. The redesigned front air intakes feed the radiator, air conditioning condensers, and the brake and cockpit ventilation systems. The race car’s aero pack, for instance in the areas of the front splitter and the rear wing, also benefits from the geometry of the Audi Sport Performance Parts. Overall, an intense mixture of precise engineering and strategized design.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Steller Motorsport for allowing us to have the privilege of displaying their Audi R8 LMS GT4 in our Northampton Audi showroom over the festive period, and a big congratulations to them on their recent championship and wishes of luck for the 2023 season.