Audi R20 will be a street-legal LeMans car

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 27, 2012

New details about the Audi's upcoming diesel-electric supercar have started to come out. According to Quattro GmbH Managing Director Franciscus Van Meel, the R20 will be a street-legal LeMans car with a small single-frame grille, vertical LED headlights and rear wing that could be adjusted and function as an air brake. Before this report, the only hint we’ve had about the R20 was that it will rival the McLaren P1.

Automobile Magazine has also said that it will feature gullwing doors, active aerodynamics and a full-length tailfin that is similar to what the R18 race car uses. The interior is likely to be fitted with a "black panel center display" and active sport seats with four-point harnesses. It will be powered by a twin-turbo V6 TDI engine and two electric motors that push the front wheels.

With this setup, this model would deliver a combined 700 HP (515 kW). It’s also expected to utilize torque vectoring technology, e-quattro all-wheel drive and a limited electric-only range. This car will start production in 2016, with only 100 to 250 samples to be built. The car is scheduled to be launched at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Topics: audi, race car

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