Five winning endurance cars made by German carmaker Audi had come together for a reunion of sorts at a rare photo shoot. The 2012 racing quintet won separate racing contests from Bathurst to Le Mans during the year, four of which were 24-hour races and one was a 12-hour race. Their coming together was a strong testament to Audi’s successes in endurance racing competitions.
As a matter of fact, the five endurance racers -- four Audi R8 LMS cars and a Le Mans winning R18 e-tron quattro -- logged a combined distance that could cover almost halfway around the globe. In five endurance racing contest at Bathurst in Australia, Le Mans in France, the Nürburgring in Germany, Zolder and Spa in Belgium, the quintet covered an total distance of 17,767.898 kilometers, which covers around 44 percent of the circumference of the earth.
The vehicles also achieved four more victories in the new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), in addition to drivers’ and manufacturers’ title wins. Audi’s winning run in endurance racing competitions is all thanks to the carmaker’s focus on technology, effectively combining high speed and maximum efficiency.
Audi was able to underscore this through two highly different race cars --the R18 e-tron Quattro that takes its innovative hybrid drive to compete against the best racers in the world. The R18 e-tron Quattro achieved four astonishing racing achievements this year: Audi’s 11th victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours; first-ever win of a sports car with hybrid drive; the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) win and; a ten-percent less fuel consumption than its predecessor.