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2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro previewed, testing starts in Sebring

 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro previewed, testing starts in Sebring
2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro

Meets 2014 regulations

Audi Sport has released a photo of the updated R18 e-tron quattro which will compete in next year's Le Mans.

It has some big shoes to fill as the 2013 R18 e-tron quattro triumphed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in June with Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish taking turns behind the wheel. The updated variant meets the technical regulations applicable for next year and according to Audi it has been designed for "maximum efficiency."

Audi's motorsport division has already started the testing phase for the revised R18 e-tron quattro at the Sebring race track in United States. Full details about the LMP1 racer will be released before the end of the year. 

Source: Audi
  • Audi’s new LMP1 sports car is being tested
  • Further details to be published before the end of December
  • Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Ullrich: “Crucial stage has been reached”

Ingolstadt/Sebring, December 8, 2013 – Only a week after the World Championship winning Audi R18 e-tron quattro race car’s last run in a race, its successor is ready to hit the track. Tests of the new LMP1 sports car, which has been kept under wraps up to now, commence today on the U.S. race track atSebring (Florida).

Audi Sport in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm has developed a fundamentally new Le Mans prototype that corresponds to the Technical Regulations for 2014 and is designed for maximum efficiency. The development started in 2012. The roll-out took place in the early fall of 2013. Starting today, the next-generation Audi R18 e-tron quattro is being tested on the race track where all new Le Mans prototypes of the Audi brand have had to prove their worth: at Sebring.

“We’ve reached a crucial stage in this project,” explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “After building the first prototype, testing on various race tracks is now taking center-stage. The tests are mainly focused on achieving high mileage, coordinating the highly complex hybrid drive systems and working out an efficiencyoptimized total package that has never before been as complex as this one.”

Audi has won the manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) for the second time in succession and the Le Mans 24 Hours for the twelfth time this year. Before the end of December, Audi will present the next generation of its hybrid sports car and announce further details. 

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PinocchioGroenhout
Very smart move from VW, as the battle of VW and Toyota can be won by either Audi or Porsche to make VW victorious. Should regulations favor diesel powered cars then Audi is benefited and should regulations favor petrol powered cars then Porsche is in the winning seat. What makes it even more interesting is that these two are the most successful manufacturers ever in the 24 Heures Du Mans. The year 2014 could possibly turn out to be the best season of endurance racing ever.
Dec 10, 2013 7:22 am
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hunker7
Regulations favour petrol cars ever since Audi started competing with TDI.
Dec 10, 2013 9:15 am
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Homerlovesbeer
I want to see Porsche whip this Audi's arse and Webber take the win!
Dec 9, 2013 8:22 pm
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hunker7
http://assets.diylol.com/hfs/22f/f35/764/resized/morgan-freeman-god-meme-generator-good-luck-92359d.jpg
Dec 10, 2013 3:09 am
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catchmyshadow
VW lets its 2 most profitable brands directly rival each other? interesting move...
Dec 9, 2013 11:42 am
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hunker7
Quite a lot of changes in terms of aerodynamics. Can't wait to see rest of the car and full spec on 18th of December, and Porsche is revealing theirs on 14th of December.
Dec 9, 2013 10:00 am
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