Audi Unveils “Radical New R18” for 2016 WEC Campaign

Audi R18 2016 (c) Audi Communications Motorsport

Audi R18 2016 (c) Audi Communications Motorsport

LMP1 manufacturer and driver runners-up Audi Sport have unveiled their 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship challenger at their end-of-year gala.

The 2016 version of the R18 e-tron quattro sports a notably higher front nose, with an assembly that looks notably different to all of the other LMP1s on the grid. The rear of the car also looks somewhat more aggressive than the predecessor.

Audi move up from the 4 mega-joule hybrid subclass to 6MJ for 2015 but will retain the unique diesel-powered engine, in an attempt to make up some of the power deficit to the Porsche 919 Hybrid, which was significantly more powerful.

Head of Audi Motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, said: “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.”

In terms of drivers, the crews of both the #7 and the #8 car remains unchanged. However there will not be a third car at Le Mans for either Audi or Porsche, one would suspect in the wake of the ongoing Volkswagen emissions scandal and possible cost cuts to the motor racing programmes of each team, leaving those who drove the #9 at Le Mans this year without a seat for the famed 24 hour event.

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