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Next-Gen Audi R8 LMS Race Car Starts Testing: Video

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Audi is working on a second generation of its R8 supercar, and that means a new version of the R8 LMS ultra race car is also due. Here is a video that depicts what’s likely to be the second generation of the R8 LMS in its initial shakedown test.

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).

2016 Audi R8 spy shots

2016 Audi R8 spy shots

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We can clearly see that its lines resemble those of the new R8 production model (pictured inset). Key design traits include the angular headlights, aggressive grille and wide stance.

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.

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