Audi R20 will be a street-legal LeMans car

Article by Christian A., on December 27, 2012

New details about the Audi's upcoming diesel-electric supercar have started to come out. According to Quattro GmbH Managing Director Franciscus Van Meel, the R20 will be a street-legal LeMans car with a small single-frame grille, vertical LED headlights and rear wing that could be adjusted and function as an air brake. Before this report, the only hint we’ve had about the R20 was that it will rival the McLaren P1.

Automobile Magazine has also said that it will feature gullwing doors, active aerodynamics and a full-length tailfin that is similar to what the R18 race car uses. The interior is likely to be fitted with a "black panel center display" and active sport seats with four-point harnesses. It will be powered by a twin-turbo V6 TDI engine and two electric motors that push the front wheels.

With this setup, this model would deliver a combined 700 HP (515 kW). It’s also expected to utilize torque vectoring technology, e-quattro all-wheel drive and a limited electric-only range. This car will start production in 2016, with only 100 to 250 samples to be built. The car is scheduled to be launched at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Although it retained its name, the technology of the 2014-generation Audi R18 e-tron quattro is entirely new. Audi’s goal for the 2014 season is to accomplish three successes for the same model in the International Automobile Foundation World Endurance Championship. The company also aims for another success in the Le Mans 24 Hours through a model that was improvised from the ground up. Even if the model was entirely developed, it retained several technologies that are important to the production models.

Without looking at it carefully, the latest model seems as if it is merely an improved version of the winning automobile at the Le Mans for the past two years and the World Championship. Conversely, the company entirely developed the car’s components due to the latest Le Mans Prototype 1 regulations that will be applied in the new model. With this, the new hybrid sports car can be considered the most composite race car ever built by the company.

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport, said the 2014 model embodies an entirely new generation of LMP. Le Mans Prototype 1 regulations’ principle is essentially different. The advanced approach is to make more out of less. Its goal is to attain the same exceptional lap records as in the previous cars with significantly lesser energy consumption.

A major approach to motorsport will be put to rest. Head of LMP at Audi Sport, Chris Reinke discussed as regards forward-thinking. In keeping with the contemporary requirements, the main concern of the new approach is to limit the consumption of energy instead of power output. The approach provides significant technical freedoms to Audi engineers. Reinke said that an extensive range of concepts will be introduced at the Le Mans in 2014.

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