Audi has just released this image of its 2014 LMP1 racecar which will defend its WEC title and Le Mans crown. Clearly Audi has put all the good ideas into the car itself because it’s still called the R18 e-tron quattro. That’s despite some significant changes to the LMP1 category for 2014.
The new R18 is undergoing testing at Sebring International Raceway in Florida and full details of the car will be released on 18 December.
Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, Audi Motorsport boss, says the team is aiming to get some development miles into its new R18.
“The tests are mainly focused on achieving high mileage, coordinating the highly complex hybrid drive systems and working out an efficiency-optimized total package that has never before been as complex as this one,”Â Ullrich said.
US test for new Audi R18 e-tron quattro
- Audiâ€™s new LMP1 sports car is being tested
- Further details to be published before the end of December
- Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Ullrich: â€œCrucial stage has been reachedâ€
Ingolstadt/Sebring, December 8, 2013 â€“ Only a week after the World Championship winning Audi R18 e-tron quattro race carâ€™s last run in a race, its successor is ready to hit the track. Tests of the new LMP1 sports car, which has been kept under wraps up to now, commence today on the U.S. race track at Sebring (Florida).
Audi Sport in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm has developed a fundamentally new Le Mans prototype that corresponds to the Technical Regulations for 2014 and is designed for maximum efficiency. The development started in 2012. The roll-out took place in the early fall of 2013. Starting today, the next-generation Audi R18 e-tron quattro is being tested on the race track where all new Le Mans prototypes of the Audi brand have had to prove their worth: at Sebring.
â€œWeâ€™ve reached a crucial stage in this project,â€ explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. â€œAfter building the first prototype, testing on various race tracks is now taking center-stage. The tests are mainly focused on achieving high mileage, coordinating the highly complex hybrid drive systems and working out an efficiency-optimized total package that has never before been as complex as this one.â€
Audi has won the manufacturersâ€™ and driversâ€™ classifications in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) for the second time in succession and the Le Mans 24 Hours for the twelfth time this year. Before the end of December, Audi will present the next generation of its hybrid sports car and announce further details.