The nineties were the heydays of the Super Touring Cars (STW), which Audi Sport dominated with the Audi A4 quattro for some time, and with which the brand clinched seven championships titles around the world in 1996 alone. The successor category, S2000, was successful for many years as well and provided the basis for the FIA to sanction a World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Over the years, it increasingly evolved into cost-intensive factory-backed motorsport. As a result, an entry-level category was lacking in touring car racing. This was precisely what prompted Marcello Lotti to take action. The former WTCC promoter transferred the successful GT3 concept to touring car racing and founded the TC3 (Touring Car 3) from which the new TCR (Touring Car Racing) class emerged in 2015. That this resulted in more than twenty racing series being formed within a very short period of time emphasizes that a worldwide need existed for such a class.
For the TCR class, Audi Sport offers the RS 3 LMS and, together with the Group’s Volkswagen and Cupra brands, has created synergies in development, production and service. The Audi RS 3 LMS is cost-efficient, offers high levels of safety and has a power output of up to 257 kW (350 hp). In the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, Audi Sport uses the sequential six-speed racing transmission. For customers, the double clutch transmission is available as well.