There were some hopes that a privateer would pick up Audi’s R18 Le Mans prototype program where Audi left off, but that won’t be happening now. Team Penske owner Roger Penske asked Audi about running the R18 at Le Mans, but Audi won’t let be letting him or anyone else do it.
A banquet honoring Audi’s incredible 18-year-long run in top-level endurance prototype racing showed off the stillborn 2017 Audi R18 today, reports Sportscar365. This little model is our first look at the car whose development was paused when Audi withdrew from the World Endurance Championship at the end of the 2016…
Do you miss seeing the Audi R18 race already? It’s been less than a month since Audi ran its final race in the World Endurance Championship, and I’m still sad, too. But I have great news for you! You—yes, you!—can personally fix this terrible lack of Audi problem with ludicrous amounts of cold, hard cash.
All three cars on today’s 6 Hours of Bahrain podium were there to say their goodbyes. Audi Sport Team Joest, a team synonymous with top-class endurance racing for 18 years, pulled off a gut-wrenching 1-2 win in their final race in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Mark Webber, who retires after this race, won…
The 6 Hours of Bahrain is Audi Sport Team Joest’s swansong before they shut down their World Endurance Championship LMP1 effort and move into the FIA Formula E Championship. Audi seems to have gotten their groove back for their last outing, and they started off the race with a pretty incredible move.
This weekend is Audi Sport Team Joest’s last race in the World Endurance Championship’s top LMP1 class. To commemorate the occasion, they put all the ways they’ve dominated on the R18’s center fin. Now Audi has one more feat for the list: Lucas di Grassi’s new lap record of the Bahrain International Circuit.
During tonight’s 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas, the No. 66 Ford GT got into the rear of the No. 7 Audi, knocking its front end into the barriers. It happened in the turn 16-17-18 complex, a high-speed big bend of a section and the onboard view does not look fun.
There were two things No. 8 Audi R18 driver Oliver Jarvis wasn’t quite fond of in Mexico: the tequila, and the contact-prone nature of the Extreme Speed Motorsports LMP2 cars. We picked the brains of Jarvis and racing legend Allan McNish on who to watch during the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas, and here’s what…
This weekend’s pole-sitting No. 7 Audi Sport Team Joest R18. Audi locked out the front row for tomorrow’s race at Circuit of the Americas. Given that everyone here is covered in sweat right now, I think the theory that the R18 is the best LMP1 car in the heat may have something to it.
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.