The video, posted to YouTube by user digitalmoviedv2, shows two Audi race cars testing at a track. One we know is the 2014 R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans prototype that’s already contesting this year’s World Endurance Championship, while the heavily-camouflaged car is the one believed to be the new R8 LMS (appears at the 1:29 mark).
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Meanwhile, many of the aerodynamic aids, such as the hood vent, side mirrors and rear wing, resemble those fitted on the current 2014 R8 LMS race car. Interestingly, we can see what appear to be new air curtains at the front.
Like the current R8 LMS, which first appeared in 2009, the new one will likely sport a naturally aspirated V-10 engine spinning the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. The mass should come in at less than 2,800 pounds.
While we expect the new R8 to launch on the market in the 2015 calendar year, it’s not clear if the new R8 LMS will be ready in time for the 2015 motorsport season. If not, we should definitely see it tearing up race tracks around the globe in 2016.