[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.
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.
New regulations, new teams, new drivers, yet not unconvnentional results at the 2014 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours. Former LMP1 race engineer and current designer gets an insight of what happened this year and what to look out for next year.
Here's the thing about the Audi R18 and all the other 2014 LMP1 prototypes: they're tiny.
Every year before Le Mans, Audi rents out Monza for high speed testing. They run it without the first corner chicane. That means they run the Curva Grande at well over 200 miles an hour. It is absolutely unreal.
When it comes to Le Mans, I'm not a Toyota fan. I don't know why. I just root for everyone else. Maybe it's because I think of their cars as race Camrys. But this TS040. Damn it sounds amazing.
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro has a racing weight of 1,918 pounds, making it the lightest prototype they've ever built. This is how they do it.
The auto industry is a changin'. The move towards efficiency and consumption means the next generation of supercars will be incredibly different than anything we've seen before. But if they look like the Audi R18, it'll be more than ok.
[The first picture of Audi's 2014 WEC and Le Mans contender, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, has emerged. If it's anything like last year's model, it should go on to win big. Image courtesy Joest Racing.]
The premise for the new Audi RS 6 ad is simple - Audi shows off their Le Mans-dominating R18 prototype in everyday situations and then surprise it was an RS 6 Avant all along.
The rumored Audi R20 hypercar was supposed to be built directly from Audi's Le Mans-winning R18 E-Tron diesel hybrid race car. I never reported on it because I took one look at the design and inferred that it was never going to happen. Looks like I was right.