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Audi R18 Le Mans Prototype

  • 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans Prototype race car

    The Audi R18 e-tron quattro continued the four-ringed brand's dominance of the Le Mans prototype division in 2013, and with a new batch of updates and improvements, Audi is looking to repeat again for the 2014 season. With Porsche joining the LMP1 fray, and Toyota likely to bring improvements as well, it will be an interesting year. So what has changed with the newest R18? It's more efficient, it's lighter, and it should be faster. DON'T MISS: 2015 Ford Mustang's Secret Feature Is Burnout Control: Exclusive Further developments to the V-6 TDI engine driving the rear wheels--including an...

  • Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the 2013 WEC season opener at Silverstone
    Audi Looks Forward To Testing For 24 Hours Of Le Mans

    Audi will soon start official testing for the 81st running of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, which will be taking place on the weekend starting June 22. The works team is hoping to achieve its 12th victory at the event since 1999. Audi plans to compete with three of its R18 e-tron quattro...

  • Audi Le Mans prototypes, lightness through carbon fiber
    Audi Le Mans Prototypes: Lightness Through Gorgeous Carbon

    Lightness is a highly sought-after attribute in a race car. Even when adding complex, often heavy systems like hybrid drive and large, powerful engines, there's a focus on saving weight. That's usually done through carbon fiber these days. Audi appears to have perfected the art. The carbon fiber...

  • Audi R18-inspired A1 - 2013 Wörthersee Tour
    Audi Reveals R18-Inspired A1 At 2013 Wörthersee Tour

    Audi’s A1 and R18 couldn’t be more different, though for this week’s 2013 Wörthersee Tour the brand with the four rings revealed an A1 hatch that was inspired by the highly successful R18 race car. The R18 is the most extreme vehicle produced by Audi, and in its latest e-tron...

  • 2013 Audi R18 e-tron quattro long-tail prototype
    Audi Starts Tests Of Long-Tail R18 e-tron quattro Ahead Of Le Mans

    Audi has rolled out a long-tail version of its R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans prototype, which it will be using for evaluation purposes in the second road of the 2013 World Endurance Championship, the Spa 6 Hours race in Belgium. The brand with the four rings will be campaigning three of its R18...

  • Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the 2013 WEC season opener at Silverstone
    Audi And Aston Martin Take Home Wins In 2013 WEC Season Opener

    The 2013 World Endurance Championship started off with a bang, with the season-opening race at the Silverstone circuit in the UK seeing Audi come out on top in the premier LMP1 class and Aston Martin take home the victory in both the professional and amateur categories of the GTE class. Audi...

  • Audi R18 e-tron quattro

    Lightweight cars aren't just good for better gas mileage: they're also faster. Audi's race technology has been well-known to flow toward its production cars, but the level of devotion to lightweight construction shown with the latest R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans racer isn't likely to make the crossover any time soon. The new R18 e-tron quattro had to shed even more weight than the already light R18 ultra due to the addition of the hybrid drive system. To do so, the design of the Motor Generator Unit (MGU) integrates two electric motors, two planetary transmissions and two...

  • Action footage from Audi's 'Truth In 24 II'
    Truth In 24 Documents Audi's 2011 Le Mans Effort

    You win the Indianapolis 500 or the Monaco Grand Prix; if you’re lucky, you survive the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That thought was the premise behind Audi’s 2009 documentary, entitled Truth in 24, which is still available as a free download on iTunes. The film captured the story of...

  • Audi R18 TDI Le Mans car
    Audi Wins Le Mans 2011, R18 TDI Withstands Huge Crashes

    Audi Sport has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the La Sarthe circuit in Northern France in one of the closest races in many years, but were it not for the strength and safety of the R18 TDI sports prototype, the weekend could have been very different. Less than an hour into the race, star driver...

  • Alan McNish crashes his Audi R18 at Le Mans
    Alan McNish Suffers Violent Crash In Audi R18 At 24 Hours Of Le Mans: Video

    This weekend is the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race at the famous Circuit de la Sarthe in France, and just one hour into the race driver Allan McNish suffered a violent crash in his Audi R18 race car after coming into contact with a Ferrari 458 Italia near Dunlop curve. McNish is a...

  • Le Mans Live On-Board with Audi
    Don't Get The Le Mans 24 Hours On TV? Get An Audi Eye View

    As we speak the Le Mans 24 Hour sports car race at Le Mans in France has been underway for just under an hour. If you're not lucky enough to be enjoying a beer by the side of the circuit or at least don't have access to a television feed for the race, fear not. Front-running team Audi has their own...

  • Audi R18 TDI Le Mans car
    LED Lights For This Year's Audi R18 TDI Le Mans Racer

    Audi is at the forefront of LED lighting on road cars, and the German maker is now ready to reap the benefits in racing too. The company has announced that it intends to use LED lighting technology on its 2011 Le Mans contender, the R18 TDI. The new closed-cockpit racer, designed with the intention...

  • Audi R18 Le Mans Prototype

    Audi's dominance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and its attendant series has been reduced through rules and new competition since its initial foray into diesel power, but it still cuts a dramatic figure in any endurance race it enters, including a surprise win at this year's race after the failure of both Peugeots. The new Audi R18 prototype racer does so even more radically, with the addition of a hardtop enclosure to the cockpit. Previous Audi prototype racers, from the R8 to the most recent R15 TDI, have been open-cockpit affairs. But Audi is aiming for its tenth 24 Hours of Le Mans victory...

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