It became a ‘tradition’ to see how Audi wins the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race and this year it seems the nothing looks unusual: Audi won the 2011 le Mans 24 Hours race. Again! For the tenth time! Thanks to the impressive Audi R18 TDI, the German manufacturer was able to win the most thrilling and dramatic 24-hour races in Le Mans history, a race that kept 250,000 spectators at the race track and millions in front of their TV sets.
Audi drivers Marcel Fässler (Switzerland), André Lotterer (Germany) and Benoît Tréluyer (France) drove the fascinating R18 TDI in order to obtain the tenth Le Mans victory in total for the brand with the four rings. The bad news is that Audi entered the Le Mans race with three R18 TDI cars, but only one managed to finish the race, as two of them were involved in accidents.
“It was a fantastic triumph of Audi ultra-lightweight technology in extreme conditions,” commented Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Management Board of AUDI AG, who had watched the captivating race himself in the pits. “After we celebrated a record victory last year primarily thanks to reliability and efficiency, we not only had the most reliable but also the quickest car this year.” Management Board Member for Development Michael Dick said, “The team as well as the entire Audi squad did a first-class job that deserves great respect. This tenth Le Mans success of our brand was no doubt the one that required the toughest battle – which perhaps also made it the most valuable one. At the same time, albeit involuntarily, we proved that our engineers design very safe cars.”