These days, your average Le Mans prototype race car doesn’t so much resemble a car you can buy as it does a 90-million-Euro single-seater multirole fighter jet with twin turbofan engines, capable of 20,000 afterburner-propelled pounds of thrust, a 65,000-ft service ceiling, and 9 g turns, carrying eight tons of…
One can only hope that Audi’s most famous spokesman, the Transporter himself, narrated this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans for the Audi pits as traffic circulated under the safety car this morning. Everything is more fascinating when narrated by Jason Statham: fact.
Why is there so much time spent at Circuit de la Sarthe testing ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans? To avoid messy driver changes, for one. Getting in and out of the little trapdoors that go inside a top-level LMP1-class Le Mans prototype is harder than it looks.
No car in the top World Endurance Championship LMP1-H class went the entire 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps trouble-free. Fortunately, the No. 8 Audi’s biggest problem was relatively minor. Joining it in the top three was a limping Porsche and a car in the slower, non-manufacturer LMP1 class.
A single out-of-compliance part has excluded the overall winner from the World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Silverstone results, reports Sportscar365. The No. 7 Audi R18 had worn its front skid block down to less than the required 20mm minimum thickness.
Modern endurance races have gotten a bit of a reputation as “really long sprint races” due to the reliability of the cars and the skill of the drivers. Just kidding! Only one of each manufacturer LMP1-class prototype remained in contention for the win in the last hour of the 6 Hours of Silverstone.
Audi’s new R18 emerged as the fastest of the World Endurance Championship LMP1s, qualifying first and second for the 6 Hours of Silverstone. Both Porsche 919s ran almost a second behind the Audis, and they were visibly irked that they weren’t as fast in the moist conditions. Turbo problems on the Toyota TS050s held…
Audi’s latest World Endurance Championship warrior looks like the Batmobile on acid, packing over 1,000 hp into an ultra-light body with Audi’s most powerful hybrid system yet. The R18 name has been around for quite some time, but this year’s model has been completely redesigned. It’s still a nutty diesel, and that’s…
[Modern prototype race cars are tiny. Photo Credit: Audi]
If you want a good, meaty technical analysis of a Le Mans prototype, look no further than Mulsanne’s Corner. Audi just unveiled their latest R18, so it’s about time Mulsanne’s Corner mastermind Michael Fuller got his hands on the photos for a full run-down of the new changes.
Audi Sport debuted its redesigned Audi R18 for the 2016 race season on Saturday, and the new car will take over as the manufacturer’s FIA World Endurance Championship entry—but the team will only field two cars total.
If you missed the very start of the 6 Hours of Fuji, you didn’t miss much. It was so wet that they left the cars to circulate behind the safety car for about forty minutes. If you missed any part afterwards, you’re missing pure, unadulterated wet weather insanity. Marvel, for example, at this graceful twin pirouette.
It’s been derp o’clock for a while now as people really start to feel the effects of racing for an entire day. Here’s the number 9 Audi having a moment where he plowed straight into runoff and had to dodge a tire chicane as a pair of stuffed monkeys from the marshals looks on.
Let this insane three-way battle between the #8 Audi, #17 Porsche and #7 Audi LMP1-class World Endurance Championship prototypes illustrate all the fun nuances of hybrid race cars. Running out of the added electric power must hit you like a brick when you’re in the middle of a battle like this.
The Audi R18 is one of the fastest cars out there at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, and every part of its design has been optimized for speed. The aerodynamics may get a bit borked when the driver’s door flies off, though.
We’ve seen the 2015 Audi R18 before, but this is the first time we’re seeing it in its Le Mans configuration.... at 200+.
I'm not sure how this is even possible.
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro is more spaceship than race car. The tech, the sound, and the look all combine to make something that is totally different than you've ever seen. So what's it like to drive? Insane.