Audi Sport RS 3 LMS makes U.S. racing debut at VIR in the Pirelli World

HERNDON, Virginia, April 26, 2017 – Audi  Sport customer racing’s Audi RS 3 LMS USA Clubsport is now available for purchase in the U.S. Four of the race cars will make their U.S. racing debut at Virginia International Raceway in the Pirelli World Challenge TC class this weekend in Alton, Virginia.

The Audi RS 3 LMS is a race-specific version of the RS 3 that made its world debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Developed by Audi Sport customer racing for the new global TCR category, the Audi RS 3 LMS USA Clubsport version will also compete in the TC class of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge.

“Audi Sport customer racing continues the tradition of producing quality products in motorsport that directly relate to the road cars,” said Tristan Herbert, manager of Audi Sport customer racing North America. “The entry-level Audi RS 3 LMS emulates the attention to detail associated with our production vehicles and is the perfect car for race competition or for amateur weekend track events.”

The Audi RS 3 LMS starts at $135,000 and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in about 4.5 seconds, achieving a top speed of about 240 km/h. In TCR trim, the proven four-cylinder two-liter TFSI engine delivers 243 kW (330 hp).

 The safety package includes an FIA-conformant safety fuel tank, a racing safety cell, the PS-3 safety seat, FIA safety nets on both sides of the seat and a rescue hatch in the roof identical to the one used in the Audi R8 LMS.

2017 Pirelli World Challenge TC class events

Date

Track

Location

Where to watch

APR 28-30

Virginia International Raceway

Alton, Va.

Live-Stream MotorTrendOnDemand.com

CBS Sports Network - SUN 14 MAY 2017 04:00PM ET

MAY 19-21

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

Live-Stream MotorTrendOnDemand.com

CBS Sports Network - TBD

MAY 26-27

Lime Rock Park

Lakeville, Conn.

Live-Stream MotorTrendOnDemand.com

CBS Sports Network - WED 07 JUN 2017 08:00PM ET

AUG 11-13

Utah Motorsports Campus

Grantsville, Utah

Live-Stream MotorTrendOnDemand.com

CBS Sports Network - WED 23 AUG 2017 08:00PM ET

SEP 01-03

Circuit of the Americas (COTA)

Austin, Texas

Live-Stream MotorTrendOnDemand.com

CBS Sports Network - TBD

OCT 13-15

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
(With SRO International GT Challenge) – TCR Eligible

Salinas, Calif.

Live-Stream MotorTrendOnDemand.com

CBS Sports Network - TBD

 

2017 RS 3 LMS TECHNICAL DATA

VEHICLE

 

Type

Sportscar

Eligible for

TCR series worldwide, VLN, International Endurance Series, STCC, Clubsport

   

ENGINE

 

Type

2.0 L, straight-four engine with turbocharger and intercooling, transversally mounted in front of the front axle

Output torque

243 kW (330 hp) at 6,200 rpm

Bore / stroke

410 Nm at 2,500 rpm
82.5 mm / 92.8 mm

ECU

Continental SIMOS

   

POWER TRANSMISSION

 

Transmission

Front wheel drive

Gearbox SEQ / clutch

Six-speed sequential gearbox, mechanical differential, preload adjustable; multi-disk sintered clutch

Gearbox DSG / clutch

Direct-shift gearbox (DSG), differential: VAQ electro-hydraulic; standard clutch

   

CHASSIS

 

Front axle

McPherson struts; height, track and camber of chassis can be adjusted; anti-roll bar can be adjusted in three stages

Rear axle

Multilink axle; height, track and camber of chassis can be adjusted; anti-roll bar can be adjusted in three stages

Steering

Electrical rack-and-pinion steering with modified software and hardware

Braking system

Front: disc brakes with all-around inside ventilation (378 x 34 mm) Rear: disc brakes (272 x 12 mm), aluminum brake calipers (six pistons at front, two pistons at rear)

Wheels / tires

Strengthened production steel body with welded steel roll-cage

Chassis

10 x 18 inch; 27 / 65 x 18

 

 

BODY

 

Bodywork

Parts from steel panel, CFC and GFC

   

DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT

 

Length / width / height

4,589 / 1,950 / 1,340 mm

Wheel base

2,665 mm

Weight empty

1,180 kg (TCR SEQ) / 1,215 kg (TCR DSG)

Minimum weight

1,285 kg (incl. driver)

   

EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY

 

Controls

Height and length adjustable steering column with shift paddles on steering wheel

Acquisition system

AIM – MXG 28 channels + 8 analog

Diagnostics

Auto-diagnosis OBDII / DiagRA-LE

Speed limiter

60 km/h

Airjack system

3 airjacks (Ø 50 mm)

Rescue hatch

Allows the driver’s helmet to be lifted

Seat

Audi Sport customer racing seat PS-3 (FIA GT3 safety seat)

Fuel tank

FIA FT3 fuel tank, capacity 100 L

Fire extinguisher

OMP

   

PERFORMANCE

 

Acceleration

0–100 km/h in approx. 4.5 seconds

Top speed

Approx. 240 km/h


For additional information on the Audi RS 3 LMS please visit Audi Sport customer racing USA at www.ascrusa.com.

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