Audi is bringing Quattro all-wheel-drive back to Le Mans – this time as a diesel-hybrid called the Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro. Audi pioneered all-wheel-drive in motorsports in 1981 and later was the first automaker to bring a diesel-engine race car to Le Mans. Now, Audi is readying the world’s first diesel-hybrid all-wheel-drive LMP1 race car: the Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro.
"To develop the hybrid technology for Le Mans is at least as ambitious and challenging as our diesel project was in its early stages," explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "The first test results are very encouraging and we are intrigued to see just how this technology performs in combination with our ultra lightweight technology on the race track at Le Mans."
Check out the nearly two-and-a-half minute teaser-trailer the German automaker created to get Le Mans fans excited for its latest racing advancements!
Source: Audi, YouTube