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The 2016 Audi R18
Audi has a new frontrunner when it comes to the racing arena – the R18 LMP1. Its striking looks are something to behold. Changes from its predecessor include a smaller rear wing that will reduce drag on the track, and developed Venturi tunnels on the sides to streamline the air getting in and increase aerodynamics.
Speed is certainly available in abundance - and the bi-turbo V6 turbodiesel engine has been fitted with a re-designed hybrid booster system featuring battery-based energy storage for instant acceleration.
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport comments, ‘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.’ He continues, ‘We're proud about being able to again represent the Audi brand in 2016 with such an extensive commitment in motorsport. The new Audi R18 marks a major step that we're expecting a lot of at Le Mans and in the WEC. In the DTM, we already had the strongest car in 2015. That's what we'd like to build upon. Plus, the high demand for the new Audi R8 LMS is equally gratifying as the many young talents that are interested in the Audi Sport TT Cup.’
How will this race car perform when it’s unleashed onto the track? Only time will tell; but with credentials like this, it’s set to be a real winner.