Along with the bodywork change that upgraded the R15 TDI to “plus” spec, Audi has a new livery in store for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Gone is last year’s predominately silver color. (Something to do with the third-place finish behind Peugeot, perhaps?) It’s replaced with red and black paint layered across the split nose fascia.
“We wanted to add a dash of surprise when the Audi leaves the pits at Le Mans. We practically opened up the bodywork and are exposing the lightweight construction,” say Audi design team members Markus Auerbach and Tobias Drews.
The livery will debut in race trim on April 11 at the Le Castellet 8 Hours, which Ralf Jüttner, Audi Team technical director, stresses is a test. “Even though it’s a difficult logistical undertaking, we wanted to gather experiences with the R15 plus at a race as early as possible. Le Castellet offers the opportunity to do this,” Jüttner said.