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2016 Audi R18 makes world debut at the Audi Training Centre in Munich

There’s a reason why Audi has the four rings branding; it’s because the new Audi R18 is the Olympic Gold jackpot. This masterpiece had its unveiling at the Audi Training Centre Munich, where it was premiered at the Audi Sport Finale on Saturday.

In the DTM race, Audi has gone with tradition and kept the driver lineup as it was. The Audi R8 LMS is having its first full racing season in the GT event. One hundred and twenty five candidates have applied for the 20 available places in the Audi Sport TT Cup 2016.

Speaking at Le Mans, Dr Wolfgan Ullrich Head of Audi Motor sports said that the company is creating a “clear signal” of its motorsport prowess as it relies on TDI, the most successful automotive efficiency technology in the world.

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2015 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro received a new design, becomes more fuel-efficient

Audi has just introduced the new R18 e-tron Quattro, an updated version of last year’s vehicle which will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The R18 e-tron Quattro will compete in the 4-megajoule class and features a twofold quantity of hybrid energy, revised aerodynamics as well as a lot of detailed work.

If you take a closer look to the previous model, you will see that the new R18 e-tron Quattro features an updated design, although its basic structure is closely akin to its predecessor. The new look includes a new way of conducting airflow around and through the front end, larger air inlets in the front wheel arches as well as redesigned headlights which feature Matrix LED technology combined with Audi Laserlight.

Audi says that it adopted the monocoque from the previous model, while the hood with the front wing and wheel arches feature a new design. The German carmaker doubled the amount of energy from 2 to 4 megajoule per race lap at Le Mans.

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Three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars complete testing for the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours

Audi fielded three R18 e-tron quattro cars on the ‘Circuit des 24 Heures’ at La Sarthe, using the event to intensively test its vehicles. In total, the cars completed a total of 284 laps for 3,870 kilometers in eight hours. During the four hours in the morning, Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen in car number 1; Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer in the car number; 2 and Filipe Albuquerque and Marco Bonanomi in car number 3, tested the set-up work for the three cars.

They were also able to test the aerodynamic configuration and the grip of the R18 e-tron quattro cars. The drive also allowed the drivers to align their race cars and their personal driving styles with the energy consumption targets that regulators set for each track.

Marco Bonanomi set a lap time of 3 minutes and 23.799 seconds to record the fastest time in the first practice session. The drivers were able to complete 125 laps (1703.625 km) in the morning and were also able to meet the requirements set by the engineers, all owing them to use the afternoon for extensive tire tests.

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Audi R18 e-tron Quattro achieves minimum weight limit for LMP1 cars

The new Audi R18 e-tron quattro diesel hybrid managed to reach the minimum weight limit of 870 kg set for LMP1 cars competing for the 2014 season. Before achieving that feat, Audi production and race car engineers had to hurdle several challenges to the stiffer safety rules while making the R18 e-tron competitive enough to take on its rivals.

New regulations have allowed the racing weight to be lowered from from 915 kg to 870 kg, and the difference 45 kg means a lot in racing. Likewise, new technical regulations carry various requirements that called new solutions that result to an increase in weight. For instance, Zylon side panels were now prescribed to better protection during lateral impacts.

Audi Sport has to redesign the monocoque to withstand the higher test loads specified starting this year. Also, eight wheel tethers are now allowed to prevent wheels from separating from the car in case of a crash. Audi Sport also had to fit the 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro with a rear crash absorbing structure made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) that absorbs energy in a rear-end collision.

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Audi is targeting a three-peat at the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) as well as another resounding success in the Le Mans 24 Hours next year -- boasting a Le Mans prototype that has been redeveloped from scratch. While the 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro seems like a continued development of the World Championship winning car and Le Mans winner of the past two years, it is almost an entirely new vehicle -- aside from the name.

This is because Audi Sport factually redeveloped every single component of the 2014 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro due to new LMP1 regulations that will come into effect next year. The basic elements of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro’s new configuration were defined in 2012 while the design of all the single components commenced later that year.  Audi rolled out the new LMP1 sports car in the early fall of 2013, followed by track tests of the latest R18.

The new Technical Regulations contain redefined powertrain, body dimensions, safety and aerodynamics -- all of which were taken into account in the new R18. Audi Sport endowed the new R18 with an improved V6 TDI mid-engine, powering its rear wheels. The e-tron quattro hybrid system -- an Energy Recovery System Kinetic (ERS-K) -- was suited at the front axle.

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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.

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Audi’s winning streak has yet to be broken this 2013 sports car season as its R18 e-tron quattro hybrid sports car has already grabbed the fourth of eight rounds in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the São Paulo 6 Hours. The fourth round of the FIA WEC in Brazil saw Audi securing a 1-2 finish over the weekend.

Finishing first is an Audi R18 e-tron quattro (car number 1) piloted by Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer, followed by another unit driven by Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish (car number 2). The top placers, who are the current World Champions, now have cut the gap between themselves and their teammates in the drivers’ standings by eight to 22 points. Le Mans winners Duval, Kristensen, McNish entered the race with a 30-point advantage over Fässler, Lotterer and Tréluyer.

The Brazil victory is the World Champions’ second WEC win of the season after the Spa in May. Fässler, Lotterer and Tréluyer crossed the finish line at Interlagos with a three-lap advantage over their sister car. In the early stages of the São Paulo 6 Hours, Audi factory driver McNish of car number 2 was dominating, until it met several disasters along the way. In a safety car period, Kristensen returned to the track behind a slower GT race car after pitting, causing him to lose around half a minute.

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LE MANS - It was a crazy weekend here at Le Mans, as Audi won the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race with its R18 e-tron Quattro a.k.a. a hybrid race car and witted with quattro drive. Victory was clinched by Loïc Duval (F), Tom Kristensen (DK) and Allan McNish (GB).

For those who don’t know, this was the twelfth triumph for Audi at Le Mans and according to the official press release it was the most difficult hardest-fought ones, as Toyota proved to be a better rival comparing it with last year’s problems. The Toyota TS030 Hybrid LPM1 driven by Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin managed to finish the race on the second place.

The third place went to the #3 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro driven by Gene/Di Grassi/Jarvis. The #7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid race driven by Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima finished the race on the fourth place. Tom Kristensen, who managed to take the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro to the finish line wanted to dedicate its win to Allan Simonsen, who died yesterday in a fatal accident just 10 minutes after the start of the race.

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New chairs normally don’t excite us but this one does. A Vorsprung durch Technik makeover was given to the household chair. It takes inspiration from the Audi sports prototype that participated in the Le Mans 24-hour race this year, leading to an overwhelming 1-2-3 finish. The R18 Ultra Chair made its global debut in early December at the Design Miami. The R18 Ultra Chair was built from the creative minds of designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram.

The most efficient and sustainable processes were used to build this chair, using a combination of carbon fibre, carbon and high-strength sheet aluminium. The chair is guaranteed to be almost feather-light to lift with its maximum stability and comfort with minimum consumption of materials. The aesthetically-pleasing chair was introduced in prototype form at the Milan Furniture Fair last April.

It featured a range of sensors that could gather data on the forces at play each time that the chair was used. About 1,500 testers got the chance to try it. The designers worked together with the engineers at the Audi Lightweight Construction Centre. They gathered data that they then used for the prototype. This enabled them to create a product that epitomizes the principles of Audi ultra lightweight construction for a total weight of just 2.2 kilograms.

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Four Audi cars snatched four of the top five positions during the first qualifying sessions of the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours. What’s even more news-worthy is that taking the pole position at the race is an Audi R18 e-tron Quattro diesel hybrid, with the number “1” designation and driven by André Lotterer. Lotterer logged 3 minutes and 25.453 seconds in the first qualifying session.

At second place is another Audi R18 e-tron Quattro having the number “2” designation and piloted by Tom Kristensen. An Audi R18 ultra car given the number “3” designation and driven by Loïc Duval is on position three, while another Audi R18 ultra car given the number “4” designation and piloted by Mike Rockenfeller is on position five. Audi Sport Team Joest marked the first practice day by focusing on preparing for the race, testing the tires as well as fine-tuning the cars based on the data obtained on the test day.

During the free practice, Lotterer logged 3 minutes 25.163 seconds, which was still below the pole position time set in 2011. All 12 Audi racers completed the mandatory laps during the qualifying night. Four Audi R18 cars managed to complete a total of 330 laps and were running without any technical problems. The team will again prepare the cars completely from scratch before the final qualifying session on Thursday night. The cars will be fitted with engines and components intended for the race.

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Audi will install digital rear-view mirrors on the closed LMP sports prototypes that will be used by the company’s factory drivers at the upcoming Le Mans 24 Hours on June 16 and 17, 2012.  The digital rear-view mirror is a special technology that enhances vision of drivers inside the cockpit as it provides them with a clear view of the rear.

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport, praised the line-up of 13 sports car drivers, saying that their work in the cockpit is “truly heavy labor." Ullrich said that quick drivers have to endure physical and mental strain in endurance racing as well as the different vision offered by a closed LMP sports car. In sharp contrast to Audi’s A5 DTM cars, the company’s closed LMP sports cars do not have rear windows and drivers are fixed on an extremely low, central seating position.

The structure of the monocoque as well as the configuration of the mid-engine in the Audi R18 do not permit for the installation of a rear window, forcing LMP drivers to rely on the outside mirrors to get a view of the rear. Dr. Ulrich cited the disadvantage of this setup, saying that the rear end and the rear wings as well as the vibrations that occur at high speeds “significantly limit the field of vision of these mirrors." 

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On June 16 and 17, Audi would be celebrating a prestigious success with a hybrid vehicle, the R18 e-tron Quattro, that could be winning the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time. The vehicle combines quattro all-wheel drive and electrified drive to create a technological synthesis made by Audi. 

Within 1981 and 1997, the automaker won four titles in the World Rally Championship with quattro models. It also had a championship win in the TRANS-AM and clinched three victories at Pikes Peak, two DTM titles and eleven national Super Touring Car Championships and a Touring Car World Cup. Now, an all-wheel drive model can compete in the FIA's circuit racing program for the first time since the ban in 1998.

However, what sounds like a simple comeback has been one of the largest endeavors ever made by Audi Sport so far. Due to space conditions, having a hybrid system and an additional front-wheel drive into a sports vehicle can be particularly difficult. With a length of 4.65 meters and a width of two meters, the vehicle has huge outer dimensions. With system partners' support, the automaker has produced a particularly compact motor generator unit (MGU) on the front axle. 

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The Audi R18 e-tron Quattro and the Audi R18 Ultra will make their racing debut on May 5 in Belgium, with the automaker to treat the 2nd FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) round at Spa-Francorchamps as a "dress rehearsal" for the Le Mans 24 Hours. This is the first time that two new automobile models will demonstrate their capability on one of the most challenging race tracks in the world. Moreover, this event is significant for Audi Sport, not only because of the double automobile debut, but also because of a race vehicle not solely run by an internal combustion engine -- a first in Audi's history.

Specifically, the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro is the first diesel hybrid sports vehicle with all-wheel drive, introducing a new era in car racing. Aside from this, there are other features that make the vehicle a catalyst for a revolutionary trend. A key requirement to make this a reality in the first place is the ultra-lightweight design, which is a core competence of Audi. The hybrid race vehicle model is founded on the Audi R18 ultra, which showcases a substantially identical design but run by a V6 TDI powerplant. This vehicle is the lightest LMP sports automobile ever created by Audi.

Two vehicles each of the two new automobile models will be making their racing debuts in Belgium. The premiers of the vehicles coincide with four other debuts. Audi Sport Team Joest is fielding four LMP1 race vehicles for the first time. It was in 1999, when Audi was last seen using four automobiles on the grid at a sports vehicle race under a factory commitment. Back then at the Le Mans, the car models were the Audi R8C and R8R, largely considered the "progenitors" of sports prototypes today, even if they were being fielded by two different teams.

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Audi AG will bring a new race car for the Le Mans race that will use its newest technology. Audi’s car is the first LMP1 car in the world to combine a highly efficient TDI with a hybrid system. The quattro drive is returning to the race track with this prototype in a totally new form. On May 5, Audi will debut its new Le Mans prototype – the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro – at the 6-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium).

It will then be brought to the 24 Hours of Le Mans (France) on June 16-17 to compete for the overall win. Audi uses two technologies in such a way as to create a new type of drive, which is undergoing testing for future use in production cars – the e-tron quattro.

This is the next generation four-wheel drive that will get the benefits of the accomplished quattro drive with the likelihood of electromobility. This is why one vehicle axle is traditionally powered while electric motors power the second one.

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Audi Sport Team Joest had a podium finish at the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC), with the Le Mans winning Audi R18 TDI at the season finale in China. Marcel Fässler and Timo Bernhard finished the six-hour race in third place. Meanwhile, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish, who are in the "sister car," had to retire because of a collision in which they were not at fault.

Just like the cases this year, Audi Sport Team Joest ran out of luck at Zhuhai after the Audi R18 TDI vehicles had been setting the pace at the start of the race. During lap one, Timo Bernhard and Allan McNish were able to overtake one of the two Peugeots, taking the positions of second and third.

On lap 18, the two Audi drivers also outperformed Sébastien Bourdais' Peugeot, which was leading until that point. However, the Audi squad was not able to keep the one-two lead for very long. Allan McNish lost a lap early on when on the first refueling stop, the Audi R18 TDI's rear bodywork had to be changed due to a contact with a GT vehicle in which he had not been at fault.

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At the end of a successful motorsport season on November 13, highlighted by the 10th victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours and the title win in the DTM, Audi will be competing at the six-hour race at Zhuhai, China. During the first week of last month, the company with the four rings was at par with the Chinese sales record from the entire year of 2010.

China has been the biggest sales market for AUDI AG. In 2011, the company anticipates sales of at least 300,000 units in the country for the first time. For Audi, the close of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) is a fitting occasion to commemorate the Chinese record.

The company's success in the country is also founded in motorsport. In 1985 and 1986, the renowned Audi quattro won the Hong Kong-Beijing Rally two consecutive times. The company competed with the A4 DTM at Shanghai twice. Moreover, on the launch of the sports prototypes at Zhuhai in 2010, viewers were pleased with the Audi R15 TDI.

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On October 1, Audi is hoping to bring in the brand’s tenth win at the “Petit Le Mans” at Road Atlanta in the state of Georgia, the U.S. counterpart of the Le Mans 24 Hours where Audi won last June. Audi had used the R18 TDI diesel race sports car, which features ultra-lightweight technology, at Le Mans to score its tenth win at the famous race.

Audi has taken the win for the U.S. race for nine times. The Petit Le Mans is the most important endurance race in North America, comparable to the Daytona 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours. Starting in 2000 to 2005, the Audi R8 has never been outperformed at this race, which spans more than 1000 miles or for a maximum of ten hours.

The Audi R10 TDI got three straight wins in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Audi won in the last two years when it had entered with the R15 TDI but the automaker is prepared to triumph at Road Atlanta with the new R18 TDI. Audi Sport Team Joest has entered two vehicles at the first overseas event of the R18 TDI. Because of the race’s length, there will be three drivers for each car.

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The new Audi R18 TDI, which is fighting to be overall champion at 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 11 and 12, 2011, is equipped with Audi connect that plays a vital responsibility in the safety of the racer. Especially at the Le Mans, communication between the pits and car is of great importance.

Audi Sport and tire partner Michelin have been working together since 2001 to develop a system that warns the motorist of a pressure loss in a tire. Each wheel of the Audi R18 TDI is fitted with a sensor to constantly monitor the pressure and this information is sent to the vehicle’s central electronic unit.

A red warning light on the innovative steering wheel illuminates once the pressure drops. In addition, the engineers in the pits are warned immediately. Ever since this innovation was introduced, tire failures caused by pressure loss and related possible accidents have been completely avoided, Joachim Hausner, who is Head of Complete Vehicle at Audi Sport, disclosed. At least 1,005 data channels are recorded on the Audi R18 TDI permanently and are monitored and transmitted to the pits by telemetry.

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Allan McNish of Scotland will drive the new Audi R18 TDI as he competes in the second round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup at Spa in Belgium on May 7, 2011, Saturday. This event will serve as the vehicle model’s important race début. The Scotsman will line up with regular co-drivers Dindo Capello of Italy and Tom Kristensen of Denmark in the diesel-engined R18 Coupé around the 4.35-mile Spa-Francorchamps track for the 1,000km race.

The Spa race will be the first and only competition for the R18 TDI before the Le Mans 24 Hours, which will be held on June 11 to 12, 2011. This means that the Audi Sport will have the approximately six-hour competition in the Ardennes region as a full, three-car “dress rehearsal” for the prominent French race.

McNish, who finished third in a related race in Belgium a year ago, stated that it is going to be essentially two races in one considering that he will be looking on the Spa race, claiming as many points as possible towards the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, while visualizing the bigger picture, which is the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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At the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, Audi will show off three R18 TDI cars that exemplify its prowess in lightweight design. But before these cars get to the grid on June 11 to 12, they are set to making their public debut last weekend at the Le Mans test day. Audi’s expertise in lightweight technology translates visually too.

Puristic carbon fibre is used extensively for the livery of the three Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 TDI cars. This black, extremely light and high-strength material also plays a vital role in developing new production cars.

Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich said that carbon fibre is ideal for lightweight design and construction. He said that Audi meant to display this material and its ultra lightweight technology visual for the Le Mans race.

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