Audi has recently unveiled its 2016 Le Mans contender, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro at Munich.
Audi has faced a number of problems this year with Porsche taking the World Endurance Championship cup and the popular Volkswagen dieselgate problem. But, the German manufacturer does not seem to be affected. Audi has recently unveiled the 2016 R18 e-tron quattro at the Audi Sport Finale in Munich. Audi claims that this is the most powerful and efficient race car Audi has ever built. So, it is clear that Audi aims to get the WEC crown back from the stablemate, Porsche at any cost.
The new Audi R18 e-tron quattro is powered by the same 4-liter, Hybrid, V-6 but the flywheel-based hybrid system is given up for Lithium-ion battery. It is expected to run a single, front-axle, kinetic energy-retrieval system. However, exact specifications have not been published yet. But, the race car is already being tested at Paul Ricard with Filipe Albuquerque and is expected to start testing at Sebring by December.
On the aerodynamic front, the four-ringed automaker, says that the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro has adopted ‘innovative aerodynamic.’ However, not much can be seen from the outside.
Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich says:
“WITH OUR NEW AUDI R18, WE’RE SETTING A CLEAR SIGNAL: AUDI CONTINUES TO PUT THE PEDAL TO THE METAL IN MOTORSPORT, DELIBERATELY RELYING ON TDI – THE WORLD’S MOST SUCCESSFUL AUTOMOTIVE EFFICIENCY TECHNOLOGY – AT LE MANS,”
“WE’RE PROUD ABOUT BEING ABLE TO AGAIN REPRESENT THE AUDI BRAND IN 2016 WITH SUCH AN EXTENSIVE COMMITMENT IN MOTORSPORT. THE NEW AUDI R18 MARKS A MAJOR STEP THAT WE’RE EXPECTING A LOT OF AT LE MANS AND IN THE WEC. IN THE DTM, WE ALREADY HAD THE STRONGEST CAR IN 2015. THAT’S WHAT WE’D LIKE TO BUILD UPON. PLUS, THE HIGH DEMAND FOR THE NEW AUDI R8 LMS IS EQUALLY GRATIFYING AS THE MANY YOUNG TALENTS THAT ARE INTERESTED IN THE AUDI SPORT TT CUP.”
Audi has also announced that it will enter the 24 hour La Mans race with two cars and not three. Porsche will also follow the steps of its sister company. This step will support the cost cutting initiative announced by Volkswagen after the dieselgate.