Introducing The New Audi RS 3 LMS
An intensive testing program of the new Audi Sport TCR model is underway, following the Audi RS 3 LMS world premiere in February. A number of tests, including a wind tunnel test at Ingolstadt and first runs on race tracks at Castellolí in Catalonia, Vallelunga near Rome and Aragon in northern Spain and other stages scheduled ahead of the car’s racing debut in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup in the summer.
“Our calculations using Computational Fluid Dynamics were fully confirmed in the wind tunnel, the predicted values for downforce and drag match up well.”
Detlef Schmidt, Technical Project Manager Audi RS 3 LMS
The Audi RS 3 LMS is the second generation of the Audi Sport’s entry-level model. At the end of February, the exciting model completed its first laps on a racetrack as part of the testing stages. Testing focused on components, initial set-up work on the powertrain and chassis, as well as the aerodynamic balance. Functionality of the mandatory standardised TCR engine control unit was also tested with intensive software development.
The testing continued at Vallelunga from March 8 to 10, then at Aragon on March 17 and 18. Engineers had the chance to test air pressures and suspension on a wet track, thanks to initial rain in Italy. Tests concluded that the changeable weather, which is usually feared in racing, is an advantage for future racing activities. Differential, dampers and aerodynamic balance where also on the agenda in Spain. Focusing on the optimum configuration for qualifying, the development team are also examining the behaviour of the new car over complete race distances.
“We already gained a positive impression of our new car at Castellolí, this continued at Vallelunga and Aragon. In total, we’ve reeled off almost 3,000 kilometers with our absolutely reliable car to date and established a good basis for our development tests. It’s also positive that our two drivers are united in their feedback and complement each other well. Now we’re moving step by step through our further program.”
Dr. Andrea Milocco, Project Manager Audi RS 3 LMS
Ahead of the race debut, the RS 3 LMS will undergo a balance of performance test by promoter WSC, with the aim to determine values for the aerodynamics and centre of gravity. The remaining tests and production preparations for the customer race car will determine the schedule in early summer, but Audi Sport is aiming for homologation on May 1.
With Audi Sport building 180 examples of the predecessor model, as well we promoting them worldwide and winning 54 racing titles around the globe since 2016, its no wonder customers will be looking forward to the new model starting deliveries in the second half of 2021. The second generation model will debut at the season opener of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup from June 3–5 on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring.
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