Dare we say, TCR is now the fastest-growing motorsport series in the world, spurring 10 individual championships globally since it was formed only 2 years ago. It’s bigger than the WTCC and probably even GT3. Audi, being the racing nuts that they are, weren’t going to allow themselves to be left out.
The freshly-launched RS 3 proved to be the perfect candidate for Audi’s new TCR racer.
Starting with a bare shell, Audi Sport fitted in all the necessary safety hardware required by the FIA. The list includes a safety fuel tank, roll cage, racing seat, and safety nets. The wheels and arches RS 3 were then pushed out to make the most out of the allowable 1,950 mm max width. Then the aero bits were bolted on, such as the front splitter and rear wing, to make sure it sticks to the track.
The 400 hp 2.5L TFSI engine from the production version, however, was swapped out for a 330 hp 2.0L 4-cylinder TFSI unit to meet homologation requirements. Sadly, the quattro system also had to go.
With all these parts put together, you get an Audi RS3 LMS – a proper touring car capable of sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 240 km/h. Each one can be bought from Audi Sport customer racing for €129,000 (P6.975 million) and comes with a 6-speed racing transmission. If your order is received on time, your personal RS 3 LMS should arrive at your doorstep by Christmas.