Audi, the most successful brand in terms of race wins and titles in the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC since its introduction in 2012, will start with the fundamentally re-designed Audi R18 in 2016.
Audi Sport has fundamentally re-designed the Audi R18 for the 2016 season. The LMP1 race car that competes in the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) features innovative aerodynamics, represents the next stage in lightweight design and has a modified hybrid system with lithium-ion batteries for energy storage, plus an efficiency-optimized TDI engine.
“With our new Audi R18, we’re setting a clear signal: Audi continues to put the pedal to the metal in motorsport, deliberately relying on TDI – the world’s most successful automotive efficiency technology – at Le Mans,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.
In the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) that will start at Silverstone (Great Britain) on April 17, Audi Sport Team Joest will be fielding two new Audi R18 cars. In the interest of maximum cost efficiency, Audi and its Group sister brand Porsche, have both agreed to each compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours, the WEC season’s pinnacle event, with only two instead of the most recent three cars.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the highlight of the season again in 2016. At the same time, the WEC celebrates a north american race debut: Mexico City hosts the sportscars in september.
17.04. Silverstone (GB)
07.05. Spa-Francorchamps (B)
18.06.–19.06. Le Mans (F)
24.07. Nürburgring (D)
03.09. Mexico City (MEX)
17.09. Austin (USA)
16.10. Fuji (J)
06.11. Shanghai (CN)
19.11. Bahrain (BRN)