Audi has commenced track tests of the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the Sebring race track in Florida. Audi Sport in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm has developed a new Le Mans prototype that complies with the Technical Regulations for 2014 and is designed for maximum efficiency.
The development of the new LMP1 sports car began in 2012, with the rollout occurring in the early fall of 2013. Audi is testing the next-generation R18 e-tron quattro on the Sebring race track, where the carmaker’s all new Le Mans prototypes have had to prove their worth. “We’ve reached a crucial stage in this project,” remarked head of Audi Motorsport Wolfgang Ullrich.
He said that after building the first prototype, they are now conducting tests testing on various race tracks. He added that the tests are mainly focused on achieving high mileage, coordinating the highly complex hybrid drive systems and working out an efficiency-optimized total package.
Audi has won the manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) for the second time in a row and the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 12th time this year. Before the year ends, Audi will unveil the next generation of its hybrid sports car. [source: Audi]