Audi has presented details of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro for the 2014 season.
The secret has been unveiled. The new Audi R18 e-tron quattro is not only more efficient than ever before but in 2014 will be battling to defend the title in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with laser light for the first time. Audi presented the innovative technology at the grand world premiere of the new LMP1 sports car in Ingolstadt as part of the ‘Audi Sport Finale’ on December 18. The laser light complements the main headlights and “will also open up completely new possibilities for our production models in future,” says Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Management Board Member for Technical Development of AUDI AG. The new lighting technology will be used at all eight WEC rounds that Audi will be contesting with two R18 cars. Fielding of a third R18 is planned for the Le Mans 24 Hours. Driver pairings have not been confirmed yet.
It is to continue Audi’s success story in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC): the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro for the 2014 season. The LMP1 race car has been designed according to the new regulations for 2014, which are fully focused on efficiency.
Therefore, Audi redesigned the hybrid sports car from scratch. As the R18 e-tron quattro has to do with around 30 per cent less fuel in endurance racing as of 2014 Audi Sport created a complex powertrain. The V6 TDI mid-engine features a further development. For the first time two, instead of one, hybrid systems are part of the powertrain concept. “Making more out of less: a forward-thinking approach,” explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. In addition, the new generation of the LMP1 race cars sets new benchmarks in terms of safety. The aerodynamics of the new Le Mans prototype from Audi have significantly changed as well.
On 18 December the new R18 e-tron quattro will celebrate its world debut in Ingolstadt. The first run in a race is scheduled for 20 April 2014, in the 6-hour race at Silverstone.