Audi R8 LMS GT5 Simulator Debuts at Gamescom 2011

August 19th, 2011 by Jordan Greer

Though Gamescom 2011 wasn’t nearly as exciting for GT fans as it was last year, Sony and Audi did use the event to launch an impressive new GT5 simulator built around an R8 LMS race car, similar to the one found in the game.

As you can see in the videos below, the R8 sits upon a pneumatic suspension that moves the chassis in response to what’s occurring on-screen. With the exception of a slightly modified roll-cage, the authentic interior features functional gauges, a real R8 LMS steering wheel, bucket racing seats, and a Dolby Digital sound system.

The R8 replaces the GT5 Prologue-based Audi TT-R simulator (where’s it going now?) which, according to Audi, has been driven by over 15,000 people at 240 events since 2005. Thanks to all of you who sent this in!


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  1. Aug. 22, 4:05am

    Wow it’s cool! I’d like have that car to play Gran Turismo 5! but they need to upload more premium car like that Audi race car in the next patch, please Polyphony.

  2. Aug. 21, 8:23pm

    Awesome body roll… need to firm up the suspension a bit… maybe head over to for some tips. :)

    I think the driver is trying to find another hole in the wall loop to get a best lap time?! :p

    • Aug. 22, 12:49am

      The suspension is fine. (I know your joking) But you have to remember that the road tilts and elevates and such.

  3. Aug. 21, 7:58pm

    FORZA 4 SOON COME!!!!!!

    • Aug. 21, 8:24pm
      Frasier Crane

      Sentance structure for sooner come lets hope!

    • Aug. 22, 4:07am

      Forza 4 only have more cars and tracks. Gran Turismo 5 improved a lot of things of Gran Turismo 4, and for me, in a lot aspects, GT5 is better than Forza 4.

  4. Aug. 21, 4:28pm

    And so all of us, with or without trolling.

    • Aug. 21, 4:29pm


  5. Aug. 21, 10:15am

    GT5 is about dead

    • Aug. 21, 10:28am
      Magic Ayrton

      And so are you if you don’t stop trolling.

    • Aug. 23, 9:52pm

      Freedom of Opinion

  6. Aug. 21, 3:32am

    Is it just me or is the motion simulation only there in the left/right axis. I didnt see the nose lift or drop during accel and braking at all

  7. Aug. 20, 1:15pm

    I wanted to rip my hair out when I watched who ever was driving in that second video. I can’t believe that someone who actually got to try that, was driving into walls! Ahhh…

  8. Aug. 20, 8:20am

    I’m wondering if they incorporated T500RS steering assembly and their new shifter that will be showcased at the show. I don’t see any Thrustmaster logos on the car, but what else would they be using? Maybe Audi did their own FFB?

  9. Aug. 20, 7:52am

    lol @ the tiny screen!

    • Aug. 20, 8:14am

      Ya, so much for “immersion”.

  10. Aug. 20, 4:49am

    Fock the “realism”,fock the “simulation”. The gameplay must be interesting & fun,and nothing more. there is no one simulator in this world,that can compare to a real life driving. And I think,playing forza 4 will deliver more fun (like forza 3 does for me) than gt5,despite that I’m a big gt series fan

    • Aug. 20, 8:03am

      Go play Race 07 but not Forza if you want to have some good times against IA and online too. You have average but not bad looking cars and one of the best in car sound and engine sound in the entire market.
      Still i love and play GT5 but many more in PC. (simulators)

    • Aug. 21, 4:00pm
      Magic Ayrton

      Forza is a Cartoon.. but at least it has proper customisation, 4 will be a better visual treat though.. as for GT5 it needs to be sorted asap.

  11. Aug. 20, 4:08am

    Whoever was driving in that second video…I’d be so embarrassed to get out of the car after that downright horrible driving.

    • Aug. 20, 4:57am
      Slonkoo true :))

    • Aug. 20, 7:39am

      Looks like he/she/it is testing the suspension…

    • Aug. 20, 9:15am

      12 year olds have little esteem.
      I’m sure his spine would thank him though.

  12. Aug. 20, 3:30am

    Yeah,this car should be premium, GT5 has had some fails,
    what about the top gear thing? we have Forza 4 maxing out the top gear deal with clarksons voice and the actual top gear replay, i can’t believe GT5 did’nt have the top gear replay thats just crazy. I’m a huge GT fan, have been since the first instalment but i have to say, Forza 4 is looking pretty damn awesome. It will be a sad day if GT loses that crown but i can see it coming.

    • Aug. 20, 8:06am

      I wouldn’t get too hyped about Top Gear in Forza. Sure, it’s nice to try out the supercars at the test track, in the same way as it is nice to do so in GT5. Clarkson might add an extra bit of nicelyness to it, but I suspect that Tope Gear is, and will always be, best on BBC. Maybe Forza’s Top Gear will be better than GT’s, but I have a feeling that it will be a disappointment anyway, because it will not be like the Top Gear we watch on TV. But you are certainly right, they are maxing it out. 10 variations on the Top Gear test track layout… the geek factor is getting close to Yamauchi’s Skyline obsession.

    • Aug. 20, 9:15am

      Nothing can beat Kaz’s Skyline obsession, unless I change the color of a Midnight Purple edition R34 to white. MUAHAHAHA!

    • Aug. 23, 9:58am

      Forza4 is maxing out their top gear deal because keep in mind that Forza is Microsoft and Microsoft are the top leaders in marketing software… whereas Sony is the top leader in marketing televisions… there is a big difference…. just marketing!

  13. Aug. 20, 2:25am

    What would it take to get the kinetic feedback out of GT5 to make a motion simulator feasible? I swear more than 3D or better graphics or super steeringwheels I want motion simulation… that would make it SO much better…

    • Aug. 20, 2:42am

      That sir, would re-invent racing games. Probably would cost a couple grand to buy one.

    • Aug. 20, 8:13am

      Well technically it would be possible for PD to develop a external device that is connected to the PS3 expansion port, and then the user can incorporate motion shocks on their rigs, calibrate them with the device and voila.. but that’s just not going to happen.

  14. Aug. 20, 1:13am
    Isaac Espino


  15. Aug. 20, 12:41am

    Does it also replicate the small electrical problems Audi’s love to get down the road?

    Lol, jk, sweet rig.

  16. Aug. 20, 12:06am

    So they think a standard ugly car is good enough to host this. What a joke!

    • Aug. 20, 12:09am

      to add to that i mean they spend a lot of time for the premiums. Just thought the effort would go there!

    • Aug. 20, 7:37am

      So tell me, what would the difference be if they used a premium car? Would the grass be greener? Would the sky be more blue? Would the car go faster?

    • Aug. 20, 9:12am

      Well of course, only the premium grass is greener and sways in the wind!

    • Aug. 20, 1:20pm

      Yo dawg, I heard you like interiors so we put an interior in your interior so you can drive while you drive! Wait… how ridiculous would that be?

  17. Aug. 19, 11:44pm

    They should put black tinted glass :P

  18. Aug. 19, 10:11pm

    I’d like this in my basement. With an extremely large screen in front and back. Would be awesome.

    • Aug. 20, 9:11am

      Mancave much?

    • Aug. 20, 8:32pm

      I hope you have a large enough basement to fit a car of that size in it.

  19. Aug. 19, 9:41pm

    they should have the actual rear view mirrors have screens so that you could actually look behind through them in the game

    • Aug. 19, 10:11pm

      Why not just use the real mirrors to look at the rear view screen behind the car?

    • Aug. 20, 9:11am

      Along with maybe catching a glimpse of a photographer somehow “moving” 200 mph and following your car up Mulsanne – oh now, he’s getting closer!

  20. Aug. 19, 9:40pm
    Cruden anyone?

    Ever heard about Cruden Simulators? GT today is everything AROUND a second class videogame or “simulator” if you dare…

    • Aug. 20, 7:34am

      OMG lol ure so rite and the dvd player of the ps3 is so second class compared to the IMAX movie theatre in Sydney, Australia.

      On a serious note, Cruden Simulators is not a video game company, they are building simulators. I am pretty sure that a PS3 and GT5 is a bit cheaper than buying a simulator from Cruden.

    • Aug. 20, 1:54pm
      Cruden anyone?

      You forgot to add an R8 to the mix… LOL, you are so right…

    • Aug. 21, 6:22am

      Cruden? That’s the 120.000 bucks simulator for real life teams. It’s not a videogame

    • Aug. 21, 2:09pm
      Cruden anyone?

      And an R8 race car is video game hardware?

      My point is, for the price of this “simulator” I’d rather get the “cheapest” Cruden, by far…

  21. Aug. 19, 7:45pm

    Yo dawg i herd you liked interior views…


    • Aug. 19, 11:42pm

      so I put an interior in your interior so you can enter your inter.

  22. Aug. 19, 5:35pm

    i don’t get it when ppl comment on the game version of the car being standard. why would you need the interior view if your sitting in the flipping simulator car!.. with a Hydraulic system, “authentic interior” andd functional gauges. lol sooo you want an interior in the interior? stupid. the hood camera is perfect since your sitting in your interior view.

    • Aug. 19, 5:57pm

      nice. Those comments were just jokes but you just made a great point. Very smart.

    • Aug. 19, 6:11pm

      That’s what I was saying!! Great point.

    • Aug. 20, 3:21am

      LOL, you wont find that Audi Race Car sitting in your bedroom with the next patch, it’s just there to promote the brand Gran Turismo, but if the car is a standard one in GT5 it’s an epic fail. LOL!!!

  23. Aug. 19, 5:31pm

    That car is one of the best things i have ever seen in my life.
    It aint even tha expensive, it only 2,9 mil
    I dont know bout all of u but im definately buyin one.

  24. Aug. 19, 5:20pm
    The drifter

    I just bought that car in the game 3 days ago.

  25. Aug. 19, 5:07pm

    Booooooo! This is so last year.
    At least put the car as premium for the event.
    I hope to hear something cool about GT5, soon. They are a year delayed with this!

  26. Aug. 19, 4:46pm

    Why are they even at Gamescom?
    It’s not like GT5 is new, been out for what 1 year and a half?

    Ea should show us the new Madden 2009.


    Also, since its standard, you can only sit on the roof and play, there’s no interior in that car.

    • Aug. 19, 5:43pm

      I’d really like to see that! As for other views: Lay in front of the car (bumperview) and hang about 4 feet in the air right behind the car (“3rd Person” view) That would be the ultimate GT5 experience :D

    • Aug. 19, 5:56pm

      hahahahahahahahaha morons

    • Aug. 19, 6:07pm

      GT5 has been out for 9 months…. How did you get your so early?

    • Aug. 19, 8:18pm

      I’m cool. I got my copy last February so Im not sure when it came out exactly. Still a long time ago though

    • Aug. 20, 1:14am

      February ? really? ..
      weird we didnt see anything from you on the site .. earliest we saw were a couple weeks before it released

  27. Aug. 19, 4:46pm

    Just placed my order for one, although they said they would need a complete new R8 to strip down and build it up from there, but I said its only money so do what you gotta do, they said cool, it’ll be ready next weekend, I said ring me when its done.

  28. Aug. 19, 4:46pm

    i bought this car min before this was announced lol FUNNY

  29. Aug. 19, 4:20pm

    Needs a bigger screen!!!

  30. Aug. 19, 4:10pm

    Yeah,I agree. They could have done something with a slightly higher “WOW” factor. I’d say screens in place of the windshield,side mirrors,rear view mirror,side windows,and rear window would have really taken the cake.
    However,I must say this. The hydraulic suspension action is pretty freakin’ awesome!
    Amazing how far the gaming industry has come. A hell of a long way since the days of Caleco vision and Atari. Hey,who had a Commodore 64? Old-school!!!!

    • Aug. 20, 12:28pm
      C.A. Williams

      Lol I was born in 1988 and played my moms old intelivision does anybody remember that system it was 10x better then Atari 2600 lol

    • Aug. 21, 11:28pm
      SKOT Free

      @C.A. Williams……Surely you jest!?! Intellivision was Garbage! Never forget that Horrible Baseball Game, you could bunt a homerun over 3rd base.

  31. Aug. 19, 3:46pm

    Please tell me the guy in the second video got punched in the face upon exiting the car.

  32. Aug. 19, 3:38pm

    If you wondering what the german guy is talking about. His name is Christopher Mies, runner up in a R8 LMS in 2010s 24h Nürburgring race. And he says the simulator is funh and quite realistic. I doubt that is true although, he is a audi employee after all.

    • Aug. 20, 7:01am

      He looks about 12 years old too..

    • Aug. 20, 7:58am

      Unfortunately for you he’s a 22 yr. old.

    • Aug. 20, 1:18pm

      Don’t exactly see how that’s unfortunate for him, seeing as what he said still stands.

    • Aug. 20, 9:21pm

      At least someone agrees with me.

  33. Aug. 19, 3:37pm

    All that money spent on the car, and the couldnt get a bigger screen? Or swap out front window with a screen?

    • Aug. 20, 3:26am
      big ron


      Looks ridiculous, how small the screen is and how far it is away from the car.

    • Aug. 20, 9:07am

      Yeah, that just kills the whole feel doesn’t it.

  34. Aug. 19, 3:32pm

    This means that the R8 LMS is going to be premium. Fantastic.

    • Aug. 19, 3:36pm


    • Aug. 20, 12:41pm

      No it doesn’t you idiot.

    • Aug. 20, 6:14pm

      Atleast your optimistic!

      Wouldn’t be to much of a challenge. The R8 has an interior model. Work off it. :)

  35. Aug. 19, 3:29pm

    standard car For the loss!

    • Aug. 23, 8:57am
      I mad, bro

      standard car Like a boss.

  36. Aug. 19, 3:25pm

    Lol, a simulator of a standard car.

  37. Aug. 19, 3:20pm

    Funny how that actual car in the game is a Standard model!!! lol

    • Aug. 19, 3:33pm

      PD LOL!!!! LOL Simply LOL

    • Aug. 19, 4:21pm
      D X S O

      Yea, LMAO.

    • Aug. 19, 9:00pm

      Yeah I was thinking the same thing. Huge PD fail not to have a premium version of official playstation cars like this

    • Aug. 20, 7:20am

      What do you mean “standard”? If this is not cockpit view, then what is?

      And frankly it doesn’t matter at all in this case, because you don’t need the cockpit view when you have this thing, and you’re not seeing the exterior either…

    • Aug. 20, 5:04pm

      People lough because they are promoting the game with a standard car. I hope you understand there’s no chances to have that real Audi R8 at home, your GT5 blue ray has only an ugly standard model.

    • Aug. 22, 10:04am

      possible dashboard update soon. this standard model is already very detailed.

    • Aug. 22, 10:51pm
      Tenacious D

      My Standard model looks just fine on my 47″ HDTV, thank you. I drive it quite often.

  38. Aug. 19, 3:16pm

    To much money..

  39. Aug. 19, 3:16pm

    Wow who ever is driving in that second video is horrible!

    • Aug. 19, 5:08pm

      i was just thinking the same…..

    • Aug. 21, 12:52am
      FORZA=Arcade casual

      I was LOLing my ass off. It had to be some casual who has NEVER played a racing game before. They should start out with Forza. NO. I take that back. BURNOUT.

    • Aug. 21, 11:12am

      I’m pretty sure he was meaning to play bad so he could feel the hydraulics moving side to side… Kids these days

  40. Aug. 19, 3:16pm
    Midnight Snacks

    …Is it downloadable?

    • Aug. 19, 5:19pm

      bahhahhahahaa #thumbsupgifplz anything is possible #winkeyegifplz

    • Aug. 21, 1:52am

      LMAO Simply the funniest comment I’ve ever read for one of these GTP News Posts

  41. Aug. 19, 3:09pm
    Stig Jr

    Amazing !!!

    • Aug. 20, 9:06am

      What would be amazing is what would happen if someone rolled over in the game, what would the car do…

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