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Featured Audi reveals re-designed R18 prototype

Discussion in 'World Endurance Championship' started by R.J. O'Connell, Nov 29, 2015.

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    Audi Sport's newest and most striking Le Mans challenger was revealed on Saturday at the Audi Sport Finale in Munich. The re-profiled and re-designed R18 prototype debuted at Audi's annual year-end celebration of the manufacturer's motorsport activities, and will take the track in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship.

    The refreshed, aggressive front fascia is the most striking of the 2016 R18's all-out aerodynamic reprofiling, and under the bonnet of the R18 is a new lithium-ion battery hybrid powertrain attached to Audi's latest energy-efficient 4-liter V6 TDI diesel engine. The new R18 also represents Audi's move up into the 6mJ hybrid sub-bracket, alongside newly-crowned World Endurance Manufacturers' Champions Porsche and perennial rivals Toyota.


    The other big news of the R18's launch is the consolidation of both Audi and Porsche's LMP1 programmes, as both German teams will run only two cars at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans. The decision comes as a proactive effort by Audi and Porsche, both part of the Volkswagen Audi Group, to cut costs as the group continues to fight its way out of the ongoing emissions scandal. The third Porsche LMP1 entry, driven to overall victory at last year's LM24 by Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber, and Nico Hulkenberg, will not return in 2016.

    Audi retains their full-time driver trios of three-time Le Mans winners Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer, and Marcel Fassler in one entry, and Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval, and Oliver Jarvis in the second.

    "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," said Head of Audi Motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.​

    Audi also announced that the new Audi R8 LMS is in high demand by GT teams around the world, and they are looking to increase production of the new GT3 challenger in the lead-up to its first full season in competition. They also announced the continuation of their DTM programme for the 2016 season, retaining their eight-man driver lineup from last year that won ten of the eighteen races in 2015.

    Do you believe that the changes to the R18 will help Audi move back ahead of Porsche and stay ahead of Toyota and Nissan in the WEC next season?
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  2. Azure Flare

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  3. the_sigman

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  4. Torcano



    Dear God, I think this is the first car that actually made me throw up a bit inside. I think Audi is planning on winning the next WEC by making their opponents unable to concentrate by causing them severe ocular trauma. -.-
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  5. Tobias Röhner

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    I thought this thing looks absolutely incredible. Looks like the batmobile.
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  6. Benutzername

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    Seems to be a lvoe it or hate it thing
  7. it issue is this car looks sensible in black, in their standard livery im not sure that will be the case. looks like someone bopped it on the nose.
  8. fortyfivekev


    Looks mean and with that high front-end even more like an F1 car with bodywork. I hope the increased aero sophistication in the WEC wont lead to cars that can't follow each other like in F1.
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  9. Sun Levi

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    Looks awesome!
  10. Omer Said

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    From rear, fantastic!
    Front view... Ewww...
    Livery, WOOOW!
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  11. sadly they never use the black livery while actually racing.
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  12. Jimlaad43

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    At least it has a different livery to Porsche, who still have one of the worst liveries ever in the history of motorsport.
  13. Omer Said

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    Sad to hear this. :thumbsdown:
  14. looks like an uncompromising racing car. probably not something you'd want to take granny to church in on a sunday, but every appendage there is functional.
  15. Rob

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    I'll take 2005 for $500 Alex....
    with a side of no assists...
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  16. audi r18.jpg Come on
    Bring back this car
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  17. Cristian Haba

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    The innovation on this car is out of this world. Just noticed the fins on top of the front wheels to direct air, this thing will be mega. These cars are now essentially diesel F1 cars with tire covers. This is where automotive engineering has come to flourish, and Im so happy about it.
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  18. Benutzername

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    Already looks quite outdated o.O
    Time flies
  19. I never thought VW would drop out of motor-sport over the current scandal , it not like an of the other cars makes are honest with their figures an more than VW .

    But VW is a good target being the world biggest car makers.

    Sure it will cost them money , but soon all will be forgotten Their groups cars will keep winning race's under one brand or another within the VW group.

    Sure the new Audi looks different still way to much over body aero parts to make a nice sleek shape.
    But with limited under body aero thats the way things are for now.
    At least there is more open design happening in LMP than there as been for a long time in F1.