Audi may be down at the moment but is still focusing on its endurance racing program.
Audi is carrying forward its new R18 Le Mans prototype project. The prototype was unveiled on Saturday at the Audi Sport Finale end-of-season event in Munich.
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The new LMP1 is billed as the company's most powerful and efficient race car. The R18 has been redesigned to bring the Four Ring brand back. Audi may have been down due to the recent diesel emissions scandal, but it’s moving forward.
“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,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.
Audi has still not revealed any of the technical details attached to the project. The latest evolution of the R18 benefits from revised aero. The R18 also has a lightweight construction. The R18 also boasts a modified hybrid system with lithium-ion batteries for energy storage.
The cherry on top is the efficiency-optimized TDI engine in the R18. Although Porsche and Toyota cars feature gasoline fuel engines Audi sticks to diesel engine. All the revisions in the latest version seem more promising than the previous model.
Last season was the third time Audi was defeated at Le Mans since 2000. It was undeniably the worst season Audi has endured. The R18 has been fundamentally re-designed for the 2016 season.
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The new LMP1 race car features innovative aerodynamics and represents the next stage in lightweight design. The R18 will compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).