Audi at the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 10, 2013

Audi is eager to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Le Mans 24 Hours set to take place in just a matter of weeks. No automaker can compare to what Audi has achieved in the most important endurance race in the world since 1999. With 11 wins in 14 events, Audi is unrivalled in Le Mans.

Since the inaugural event of the 24-hour race at Le Mans in 1923, there have been many innovations that were introduced here. These include the disc brakes (1953) and turbocharging (1974); the Wankel engine (1970) and the carbon brakes (1990); the Audi TFSI gasoline direct injection (2001) and the VTG turbocharger in Audi’s TDI engine (2011) and even the R18 e-tron quattro (2012).

From the moment that Audi participated in this race, it has always considered efficiency to be highly important. For the 14 events since 1999, Audi has had 11 wins, resulting to a rate of 78.6%. This means that Audi is No. 2 on the all-time winners’ list. Porsche, which ranks No. 1, has gotten 16 wins.

However, Porsche achieved this record after having participated in this race for 28 years since 1970. If these wins are included, Audi has gotten an outstanding 27 podium places at La Sarthe.

This places Audi in the second spot on the list of the best entrants of all time. Audi got all the podium positions in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010 and 2012. Meanwhile, Porsche set a distance record in 1971. Because of track conversions with new chicanes, many believed that this record would be nearly impossible to break but in 2010, Audi did just that. Audi’s R15 TDI covered a distance of 5,410.713 kilometres, exceeding Porsche’s best mark by 75.4 kilometres.

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