Ingolstadt, December 12, 2013 – The name remains unchanged but the technology is completely new.
It was a little depressing to watch Toyota and the DeltaWing fall out of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year to let Audi steamroll the race with little drama through the rest of the classes. At times, though, the beauty of the race took over.
Every win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is historic, but the Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro's 1-2 victory was especially noteworthy as the vehicles were the first hybrids to win the prestigious auto racing marathon. Let's just not confuse these with your grandma's Prius.
Someone in Ingolstadt is putting ecstasy in the water supply. It's the only way to explain how the Audi R18 Hybrid we've heard about became this diesel hybrid AWD race car. Get your glow sticks out, we're about to rave to the Audi R18 E-tron Quattro.
This isn't some video game replay, this is eight minutes of onboard footage of the Audi R18 TDi that won the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. We can tell you how quiet diesel Le Mans prototypes are and how low they rev, but you really just have to hear one for yourself.
Regardless of how well the Audi R18 does at this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi will be guaranteed to lead a few laps thanks to its role as safety car provider. Afterwards, Audi should sponsor a cop show featuring Lt. Aluminium and Sgt. Schteel.
Audi's new Le Mans LMP1 racecar will be a closed-cockpit model, like rival Peugeot's. The company's R18 debuted earlier today in Ingolstadt and is the key to Audi's bid for a 10th Le Mans 24 win.