Take a Look at the New Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo and Non-Evo Side-by-Side

This week Audi released a new version of its R8 LM GT3 race car. The Evo takes advantage of a new set of rules for the series, revising the aerodynamics and cooling, the new car manages air much better than the old one and also will allegedly be more reliable.

This new model also shows a new design. Though subtle, given its proximity to the release of a new R8 road car, it seems likely that it is a kind of preview of what’s to come. So here are the two cars side by side.

The first, and perhaps most obvious difference is right at the front. Whereas the old R8 LMS GT3’s grille rose all the way up to the gap where the hood meets the body, the new has an extra piece of body-work there with what looks like three inlets. That has the effect of making the grille itself look lower and wider.

The wing elements along the front quarters also appear to have grown, something which should help with front end downforce but is unlikely to make to the road car.

Air ducts just ahead of the front wheels will also presumably help cooling, and help this Evo look even more aggressive than the previous GT3.

Evo
Not Evo

At the back of the car, meanwhile, the Evo’s design is much simpler. All black, now, there’s less fussy bodywork shaping the rear end. A third brake light just above the tail lights is also shrunk down, allowing the rear deck to cross the back of the car uninterrupted.

None of these differences is enormous, but together they combine to make this R8 look a little more better than the last one. Exactly how many of these changes will bleed over into the road car remains to be seen, but some of the design cues have cognates in Audi’s recent road car designs (widened grille, straight line across the back end). Others, though, are clearly for racing purposes.