Audi are no strangers to FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) or the Le Mans 24 Hours prototype class. In fact in the last 13 years they  have only lost Le Mans twice. But each year they go away and let the Audi technicians unleash their “vorsprung der technik” on the next ultimate race car. The other teams much quake in there race boots when they hear Audi is about to unveil there latest offering, all thinking what mind blowing tech will they have this year.Audi-R18_e-tron_quattro_LMP1_Racecar_03

Audi have not disappointed them, keeping just the name the same, i’m serious thats all they kept from last year. They redeveloped the car from the ground up. The new hybrid sports car appears like a continuous further development past two winning cars. However, due to the new LMP1 regulations that will come into effect in 2014, Audi Sport factually redeveloped every single component.Audi-R18_e-tron_quattro_LMP1_Racecar_02

In the new Technical Regulations, a large number of principal definitions, which concern the powertrain, body dimensions, safety and aerodynamics, were re-determined. With the new R18, Audi Sport has opted for a similar concept as in the past – albeit with innovative detailed solutions and an additional hybrid system.

  • A further developed V6 TDI mid-engine powers the rear wheels
  • e-tron quattro hybrid system at the front axle (ERS-K – Energy Recovery System Kinetic, a system to store kinetic energy)
  • Optimized flywheel energy storage system
  • Hybrid system with an electric turbocharger in the internal combustion engine (ERS-H – Energy Recovery System Heat, a system that stores energy converted from heat)

Audi are as they say, Doing it like a Boss. Regulations may change, but they will keep developing what they see as the ultimate racecar worthy of the iconic Le Mans title.

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John Galvin (JSG)
It started at a young age with bedroom posters, the Countach of course. This slowly grew into a super car die-cast model collection, fifty five 1:18 models at the last count. At which point it had almost taken full control, the incurable Mad Car Disease ran deep though my veins all the way to the bone. And things for my loved ones just got worse as the cars where now being bought at 1:1 scale, after a BMW, HSV, and couple of Audi's, the disease reached my brain, pushing me over the edge and down the rabbits hole into the world of the bedroom poster.


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