The 2021 Audi RS3 LMS is a preview of what’s in store for the German manufacturer’s long-awaited next-generation RS3 sedan. Audi’s previous RS3 LMS has built an iconic reputation among the brand’s racing cars.
Audi produced 180 units of the starting RS3 LMS – the maximum in a single generation among Audi racing models – and achieved 279 victories and 764 podium places in 1,051 races in just over four years of racing.
“We are highlighting the importance of motorsport for our road products and presenting a racing car still in disguise before the spearhead of the corresponding production model is on the market,” said Julius Seebach, managing director at Audi Sport GmbH and responsible for Audi Motorsport. “The Audi RS3 LMS is a clear commitment to customer racing and represents records in our program.”
If you look beyond its cool camouflage, the LMS race car gives you an idea of what the cool road RS3 will look like when it arrives at dealership lots later this year. These sophisticated aerodynamic bits will not make it to the production model. Still, we look forward to the race car’s narrower headlights, unique center-mounted exhaust and that aggressive front bumper with oversized air intakes, paying homage to the sinister RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback dashboard.
The development work of the Audi RS3 LMS revolves around two objectives: to make the production RS3 a better race car and to optimize the benefits for the customer in all areas. “Whether it’s race times or options for configuration, safety or ergonomics, we want to offer reams a car that is even more of a race car than before,” said Chris Reinke, head of Audi Sport.
The newest Audi RS3 LMS will compete in the FIA Group A TCR series alongside the Renault Megane RS, Honda Civic Type R and Hyundai i30 N. It has a race-adjusted version of the EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from Volkswagen producing up to 340 horsepower. It sends power to the front wheels through a six-speed two-plate sequential transmission.
Standard on the RS3 LMS is an FIA approved cage, a fire suppression system, dual circuit brakes with adjustable pressure distribution and a removable roof hatch. Meanwhile, the suspension has adjustable front and rear stabilizer bars with variable thickness suspension arms.