Awesome Audi RS 3 LMS racing car is ready for TCR

September 30, 2016

If Audi’s new 2017 RS 3 sedan isn’t brutal enough, you should see what a monster the race version is. Audi Sport has just unveiled this beast at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.


Sporting a far heavier duty aero package, with a huge rear wing, rear flanks pumped out to within an inch of their life, a chunky hood scoop and front diffuser, the RS 3 LMS is ready to take on all comers of the Tour Car Racing international series.

In order to conform to series regulations, it goes without the mental 298kW 2.5-litre five-cylinder of the production car and uses a 2.0-litre, 246kW turbo instead. Straight line performance is actually inferior at 4.5 seconds for 0-100km/h, with a 250km/h top speed, but that is nothing to sneeze for a more focused car that has to work in a tightly regulated environment.

To that end, the interior is stripped out except for one seat, one central vent, a racecar shifter for the sequential mode of the DSG, a roll cage, plain instrument display and carbon fibre steering wheel.

The red and black paint job is evocative of a redback spider that is waiting for you to sit on the dunny before biting you on the clacker. It looks frighteningly fast, just standing still. This is Audi’s latest in a series of racing vehicles, including the DTM A4 and R8 LMS.

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Mitchell was a contributing journalist and features writer at Performance Drive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.