Audi is ready to defend its title in the World Endurance Championship

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 9, 2013

Audi is set to defend its title won last year at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Silverstone. On April 14, Audi will start the “title defense” objective with the more extensively developed Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid sports car at the 6-hour race on the tradition-filled English race track. This marks the first race of the 2013 WEC season; however, this is the second sports car event for Audi Sport Team Joest in 2013.

Last March, Audi had a one-two win at the Sebring 12 Hours in Florida, a race that isn’t a part of the WEC. The two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars will be at the WEC season opener in England to race with two hybrid sports cars from rival Toyota. The defending World Endurance Champions Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F), as well as Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (F/DK/GB) will be driving the two Audi sports prototypes.

In 2012, racing fans were treated to a clash between Audi and Toyota on the 5.891-kilometer circuit at Silverstone. It was a very exciting 6-hour race all throughout with the lead changing a total of 14 times. But Audi took the win with a lead of 55.675 seconds, earning it the fourth of five season victories. In 2013, the UK fans can expect to see different new elements in the World Endurance Championship.

For the first time, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro version that received numerous improvements will be seen in a European race for the first time. The “evolution of a revolution” makes use of optimized aerodynamics, a hybrid system that was developed further plus an ultra-lightweight design that received even more optimization.

To enhance the driver’s view from the cockpit, two forward-pointing cameras were installed on the roof for the new driver assistance system. These developments signify a step forward but the regulations restrict the performance potential of the race car in a sensitive area. Because of a smaller air restrictor, the 3.7-liter V6 TDI engine now has an output of just 360 kW (490 hp), which is about 15 kW (20 hp) less than in 2012.

Topics: audi

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Mercedes-AMG finally races along with other car manufacturers in the GT4 category. Since there’s an increasing trend for this segment, we think they’ve made it just in time along with...
by - December 7, 2016
The recently held Finali Mondiali weekend event has uncovered the Ferrari 488 Challenge. The 488 Challenge now boasts a new level of performance as a result of its newly enhanced...
by - December 6, 2016
After we’ve seen the disguised prototypes several weeks ago, Hyundai at last took the wraps off its new i20 WRC at Italy’s Autodromo Nazionale Monza racing circuit. Hyundai was the...
by - December 5, 2016
Car enthusiasts will be happy to know that after 14 years of not being seen in the tracks, Cadillac is slated to make a comeback to endurance racing. Cadillac has...
by - December 2, 2016
Nico Rosberg of Mercedes-Benz was crowned as the victor of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship in a thrilling finish. The last leg of this season was the Abu...
by - November 29, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries