Audi R18 e-tron Gets Le Mans Promo

Audi is promoting the brand new R18 all-wheel drive e-tron Le Mans racer as being the next big thing since the can-opener. And given the advanced technology that went into this car, it actually is.

The car has already proven itself at Spa 2012, where the hybrid all-wheel drive cars placed well on the grid and finished second, just behind an R18 Ultra.

The advancements made by the e-tron consist of a front axle that features a kinetic energy recovery braking system that stores energy via flywheel that can be reused by the electric motors on the front wheels on the straight. These motors can only power the car at speeds above 120 km/h (74 mph).

The back, meanwhile, is powered by a V6 TDI diesel engine that produces up to 375 kW (510 HP) under racing conditions.

"Audi has always consciously selected championships and categories in racing that have a close relationship to production and therefore have technical relevance for the Audi customers," explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. 

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