Audi is once again aiming for victory at the world' toughest endurance race this weekend, the 13 th and 14th of June. Since 2010 Audi have been victorious five times and this year they are battling for an amazing 14 th win in the Le Mans 24 Hours in the past 16 years.
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid sports car with Audi ultra efficiency technology will be racing this year with Le Mans being the toughest test for this vehicle, and Audi as a whole. In 2006, Audi was the first manufacturer to have ever won the race with diesel power and, in 2012, the first winner with hybrid drive. The diesel-electric powertrain is the most economical powertrain, none of the four manufacturers in the LMP1 category consumes as little fuel energy as Audi does, and has been unbeaten at Le Mans to this day.
Audi ultra follows a 'More from less' formula and the advantages provided by efficiency technology is emphasised in these kinds of competitions. The ACO, FIA and WEC officials managed to create a set of regulations that enables a thrilling contest between various efficiency concepts and no other automobile world championship features an equally diverse range of technology. Four manufacturers are competing with four different concepts – from the type of combustion technology used to the engine's configuration in the race car.
This year the Audi engineers have once again risen to the challenge. Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) won the first two races of the season at Silverstone (GB) and at Spa-Francorchamps (B). They now go on to Le Mans as the leaders of the standings. At Spa the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro was seven seconds faster in qualifying despite now having to consume 2.8% less fuel. With an updated V6 TDI engine the hybrid system now delivers twice its previous output while the overall concept of the vehicle has been optimised in respect of aerodynamics.
Audi can also rely on extraordinary team performances and the passion of its drivers. Audi are once again relying on the most successful Le Mans team of all time, Audi Sport Team Joest who have won the 24-hour race an amazing 15 times. The 83 rd running of this classic event will start on Saturday, June 13, at 3pm and will be aired live on Eurosport. We're looking forward to another thrilling event and wish Audi the best of luck!