2017 Audi RS 3 LMS ready to race

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Hot on the heels of Thursday’s debut of the RS 3 sport sedan at the 2016 Paris auto show, Audi has unveiled a new racing version of the car.

The new race car is called the RS 3 LMS and will be ready for delivery to customer teams in time for the 2017 motorsport season.

It was developed by the Audi Sport division, primarily for the low-cost TCR International Series, and will be competing against similar race cars based on the Opel Astra and Volkswagen GTI, among others.

2018 Audi RS 3, 2016 Paris auto show

2018 Audi RS 3, 2016 Paris auto show

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It skips the turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5 of the RS 3 road car in favor of a regulation turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4. The engine is rated at 330 horsepower, which Audi says is sufficient for 0-62 mph acceleration in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph.

In terms of safety, the RS 3 LMS includes an FIA-spec fuel tank, roll cage, and safety seat with nets. There’s also an escape hatch in the roof.

Prices, before taxes, start at 99,000 euros (approximately $111,000) for a club sport version and 129,000 euros ($145,000) for a TCR version.

 
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