2012 Audi R18 e-Tron Hybrid Quattro declared for Le Mans

2012 Audi R18 e Tron Hybrid Quattro 2 2012 Audi R18 e Tron Hybrid Quattro declared for Le Mans

2012 Audi R18 e Tron Hybrid Quattro 1 2012 Audi R18 e Tron Hybrid Quattro declared for Le Mans

Audi has revealed R18 e-tron Quattro, which is completely a new type of Le Mans example of racing car. Being packed with new technology, the model is among the first LMP1 car which incorporates a diesel hybrid powertrain which runs in concert with the e-tron Quattro all wheel drive system. The functioning principle of the model begins with kinetic energy revival braking system in the axle at the front and sends electricity to a flywheel accumulator before it is sent down to electric motors in the wheels at the front. Energy can be retrieved under acceleration just above 120 km/hr. In the meantime, the V6 TDI power plant delivering 510 HP transmits power to the wheels at the back. It is operationally similar to flywheel KERS system of Porsche on the 911 GT3 R Hybrid.

For the premiere event in Munich, Dr Wolfgang Ullrich drove the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro to the stage electrically almost silent. In order to compensate for its extra weight, a gearbox with carbon fibre composite housing was developed. In addition to this, an R18 Ultra will be field which is similar to the e-tron Quattro but without the hybrid. Due to this the R18 Ultra is the lightest model that has been built by Audi. The new model will make its debut in race at 6 hour race in Spa Francorchamps on the 5th of May and then to the famous 24 Hours Le Mans on 16/17 June.

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