There may be times in the 2016 Rolex 24 at
Daytona when fans will see a Lamborghini Huracán
leading a Huracán, a BMW M6 leading an M6 or an
Audi R8 leading an R8, but the model leading and
the one following will look rather different.
For the first time, The Rolex 24 at Daytona will
have rotating pace cars, with each taking its turn
leading the field during caution periods (which will
hopefully be few and far between). And each of
those pace cars will have its counterpart in the race
– there are GTD (GT3) versions of the M6, Huracán
and R8, and the GTLM class will feature the M6 as
well. These days, the similarities between the road
cars that will be handling pace car duties and their
racing brethren are closer than ever.
“Fifty-two percent is where we’re at with parts
that translate back to the road car,” says Tristan
Herbert, manager of Motorsport & Customer
Racing for Audi, of the R8 LMS. With IMSA
adopting the GT3 specification for the GTD class,
each car is designed to be equal, so each will vary
slightly in its similarity to the road car; but all are
built around their road car platform.
Words by Richard S. James