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Audi R18 e-tron quattro wins at Le Mans 24 Hour

Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest), Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer, Leena Gade

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AUDI AG has achieved another technological milestone in motorsport. On the 80th running of the famous Le Mans 24 Hours, a vehicle with hybrid drive – the Audi R18 e-tron quattro – has triumphed for the first time.

Around 200,000 spectators witnessed a fascinating race with the drama and incidents that are typical for Le Mans plus an impressive demonstration of “Vorsprung durch Technik.” The four Audi R18 cars from Audi Sport Team Joest were the quickest and most reliable vehicles and after 24 hours occupied positions one, two, three and five. Continue reading ‘Audi R18 e-tron quattro wins at Le Mans 24 Hour’

Gallery: 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans

Gallery: 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans | © 2012 Tertre Rouge Times

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We’ve partnered up with good friends Rusty and Joe Rae from Tertre Rouge Times to bring you this gallery featuring the beautiful Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Audi R18 ultra and the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR’s from the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans. Enjoy! Continue reading ‘Gallery: 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans’

Provisional pole for Andre Lotterer in Audi R18 e-tron quattro at Le Mans

Audi R18 ultra #4 (Audi Sport Team Joest), Marco Bonanomi, Oliver Jarvis, Mike Rockenfeller

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No disrespect to Toyota but it was somewhat of a given that Audi would be at the top in most sessions leading up to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Wednesday’s qualifying session was quite eventful and we did see the two petrol powered Toyota TS030 Hybrid on pace but it was the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro on provisional pole.

The 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Andre Lotterer, set a time of 3:25.453s late into the first qualifying session last night. This time was slower than his 3:25.163 earlier in the practice session but was .285s faster than last years pole. Lotterer will share the no1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro with Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer. Continue reading ‘Provisional pole for Andre Lotterer in Audi R18 e-tron quattro at Le Mans’

Quotes from Audi Sport on a Sebring 1-2-3 qualifying

Audi R18 TDI no1, 12 Hours of Sebring © 2012 Corey Beaman | oneighturbo.com

Marcel Fassler (Audi R18 TDI #1)

“I don’t know what Andre (Lotterer) had for breakfast. His showing was simply incredible – he just needed one lap to lay a 1m 45.8 on track. That’s a word! Well done to Andre, that was a fantastic lap.” Continue reading ‘Quotes from Audi Sport on a Sebring 1-2-3 qualifying’

Quotes from Audi Sport Team Joest before the 12 Hours of Sebring

Audi R18 TDI no1, Audi Sport Team Joest, 12 Hours of Sebring

Marcel Fassler, Audi R18 TDI #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

“We’re in for a thrilling race because the situation will be a bit tight for everyone with more than 60 cars on the track. Of course I’m expecting for us to be able to set the pace at the front of the field. I’m personally pleased to be able to battle for overall victory in an LMP car for the first time at Sebring. I’m also hoping for us to have the necessary bit of racing luck to do so.” Continue reading ‘Quotes from Audi Sport Team Joest before the 12 Hours of Sebring’

Audi testing R18H LMP1 for 2012

Audi testing R18H LMP1 at Sebring - QuattroWorld.com

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Once again Audi has shown up at Sebring, testing the next evolution of their LMP entry. However this time it wasn’t such a secret. The first hint was the exif data in the shots from Paul Ricard. Taken in November, the description read “Test Audi R18H”. Changes to the R18H are not so obvious but a lot is going on. The overall appearance seems to be smoothed out. Hard edges are gone, the nose is now piercing and suggestions of the tub structure changing. Mulsannes Corner has an excellent breakdown on the new R18H.

Look for Audi to announce full details and driver line-ups in January. Continue reading ‘Audi testing R18H LMP1 for 2012′

Dumas puts Audi R18 TDI on top during Wednesday practice

Dumas puts Audi R18 TDI on top during Wednesday practice

Photo: © 2011 Corey Beaman

Audi swings another one out of the park… or Road Atlanta we should say. For 2 hours during the beautiful afternoon, the ALMS teams set out to test the cars. They were not kidding about this years race being crowded. We could barely squeeze ourselves between the teams pit-areas.

Romain Dumas would top the charts in this practice session with a 1:09.550. He will share the no1 Audi R18 TDI with fellow Porsche driver Timo Bernard and Le Mans winner Marcel Fassler. Continue reading ‘Dumas puts Audi R18 TDI on top during Wednesday practice’

Le Mans winning Audi R18 TDI tours Ingolstadt plant

Le Mans winning Audi R18 TDI

This morning, Audi employees were treated to the sights and stealth like sounds of the Le Mans winning no2 Audi R18 TDI. As the R18 TDI circled around the plant, Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer were in A5 Cabriolets behind “Red Sonja”, waving to the crowd and later signing autographs. Continue reading ‘Le Mans winning Audi R18 TDI tours Ingolstadt plant’




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