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2016 Audi R20 to be a street-legal LeMans car - report

 2016 Audi R20 to be a street-legal LeMans car - report
Audi R18 e-Tron hybrid quattro 29.02.2012

Could have a diesel-electric powertrain

Quattro GmbH Managing Director Franciscus Van Meel has already said Audi's upcoming diesel-electric supercar would topple the McLaren P1, but new details are starting to emerge about the mysterious model.

Automobile Magazine is reporting the car - which could be called the R20 - will be a street-legal LeMans car with a small single-frame grille, vertical LED headlights and an adjustable rear wing which could function as an air brake. It could also have gullwing doors, active aerodynamics and a full-length tailfin that mimics the one used on the R18 race car.

Inside, we can expect a "black panel center display" and active sport seats with four-point harnesses.

Power could be provided by a twin-turbo V6 TDI engine and two electric motors that drive the front wheels. This setup could give the model a combined output of roughly 700 HP (515 kW). We can also expect torque vectoring technology, e-quattro all-wheel drive and a limited electric-only range.

The car could be unveiled at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and go into production in 2016. Production is expected to be limited to just 100 to 250 units.

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Comments (13)

StewartSorensen
The only* problem/challenge i see with this is visibility - never the less it would love to see one clearing the Autobahn and everybody going WTF !. And with this kind of car you properly donĀ“t have to look much backwards except when parking and that would possible only happen in a private garage.
Dec 29, 2012 3:11 pm
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EdBacau
Why the hell do they have to make it a hybrid ? It would be a lot faster and nimbler and more fun to drive without all the added weight, and also a lot better for the environment.
Dec 22, 2012 5:41 am
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Ceramic Rabbit
"be faster and nimbler without the added weight" obviously the hybrid tech makes the car faster or they wouldn't use it in their racers, which by the way lapped faster than the same car without the system equipped. Ferrari has said multiple times it is adding electric motors to the f70 because they increase performance. Open your mind Eddie.
Dec 23, 2012 12:52 am
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EdBacau
Lets say you have a V6 engine with 400hp and two electric engines with 200hp, for a total of 600hp. Then you have the same car with a V8 engine that makes 600hp. The V8 car will be a lot lighter and faster. The hybrid car won LeMans not because it was faster, it won the race because it was more efficient and because of regulations. You don't have those regulations for a street car.
Dec 23, 2012 6:31 am
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Garais877
sorry @Edbacau, but if im right than regulations in WEC and LeMans are against Audi and always have been, even in R8 times they have to carry onboard extra 200kg to make others competitive and make race a bit interesting to watch other wise Audi race them all down, looks like you have not read regulations even just talking some scrap here.... every year they do some restrictions on diesel just to make patrol cars more competitive, for instants fuel tank???? 72l for petrol and only 60 for diesel and thats not it there is many more so stap talking about regulation if you dont now them....
Dec 27, 2012 9:05 am
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Ceramic Rabbit
You really don't know anything you're talking about do you? Not only was the R18 Etron more efficient than the regular R18 Ultra this year, it set the fastest single lap in qualifying and in the race. So yes, the hybrid racecar was faster.
Dec 26, 2012 12:29 pm
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Ivo_205
It is highly likely Audi needs the electric motors to compensate for the response delay you are always going to get when using a diesel engine, a bit like using an electric supercharger. Oh an plus they are saving the planet ; - )
Dec 28, 2012 11:34 am
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Dude von Dudenstein
How is this going to meet the new EU noise standards? Hopefully they'll bring some units to the US, which I doubt.
Dec 22, 2012 5:16 am
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VladimirMMalkin
Sounds fascinating, i would love to know how the chassis will be set up and what materials they will use.
Dec 22, 2012 3:14 am
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EMBJATI85
be sick to have id rock one for sure
Dec 22, 2012 12:33 am
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taliz
Have you heard the on board noise on these things? It's terrible to say the least.
Dec 21, 2012 6:14 pm
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hunker7
They didn't say they will put a number plate on R18
Dec 21, 2012 6:37 pm
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Garais877
i'm agree with @hunker7... and there is relesed some photos how R20 my look, i'm sure the interior will be isolated very well :)
Dec 27, 2012 8:55 am
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