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New Audi R18 Hybrid LMP1 to debut in Munich

Audi testing R18H LMP1 at Sebring - QuattroWorld.com

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Audi will present its new hybrid race car dubbed the R18 Hybrid at their annual press conference on February 29th. While we were hoping to see the Audi R18 Hybrid run at the 12 Hours of Sebring this year, it will not be. Audi will be running three of the 2011-spec R18 TDI’s at the FIA WEC season opener. Look for our full coverage leading up to the 29th.

The place and date for the world premiere of the new Audi hybrid race car for the Le Mans 24 Hours have been set. The forward-thinking LMP1 vehicle will be presented at the Munich Airport on February 29 before the Audi Annual Press Conference 2012.

Audi testing R18H LMP1 at Paul Richard

Red carpet: The Annual Press Conference on March 1 is one of the most important events in AUDI AG’s fiscal year. And exactly on this occasion Audi Sport will be presenting its major and arguably most ambitious project for the 2012 motorsport season: the new hybrid race car for the Le Mans 24 Hours. The Le Mans prototype will be celebrating its world premiere at the Munich Airport on the eve of the Annual Press Conference. The evening to which about 300 journalists from around the world have been invited is billed as “Looking to the future – tomorrow’s automotive technology.”

Six out of eight: Slightly modified Sporting Regulations are designed to add suspense to the new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). In the manufacturers’ classification of the top LMP1 category only the best-placed vehicle of one automobile manufacturer will score championship points. In addition, only the results of six of the eight races – including the Le Mans 24 Hours for which the points awarded are doubled – will be counted. In the 2012 WEC Audi is fighting with Toyota for the World Champion’s title.

Audi testing R18H LMP1 at Paul Richard


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