The 24 Hours of Le Mans is nonetheless months away, but Audi Sport apparently can not wait to get started out. It has just debuted the new livery for its 2014 R18 E-tron Quattro with a public drive via the streets of the town of Le Mans, while concurrently announcing that it has a new, more substantial engine.
Factory driver Tom Kristensen piloted the prototype about 6 miles from the cathedral in the city center to the well-known race track and completed a lap of a shortened edition of the program. The car wears a new shade scheme, which is comparable to what it has raced with in the previous, using a blend of white, silver and red, plus a touch of black. Portions of the vehicle are also reflective to present up far better at night. The last time we noticed the R18, it was displayed in a black and red livery. The group has also uncovered that the 2014 will be powered by a new 4.-liter diesel V6, an improve of about 300 cubic-centimeters from last season.
Audi Sport stated that the stunt was inspired by the traditional days of the race when drivers utilized to arrive to the city in the very same vehicles they have been going to race. Even back then, it really is doubtful they arrived a number of months early, although. The 2014 R18 will make its competitors debut on April 20 at the Six Hours of Silverstone. Scroll down to view a video of it generating the drive by means of town and study the total press release.
Audi unveils the new R18 e-tron quattro
Spectacular drive in public traffic of Le Mans
Fresh graphics and far more cubic capacity for larger efficiency
Concept determination followed substantial testing
Ingolstadt, March 25, 2014 – Audi started the 2014 WEC season with a spectacular appearance. The new Audi R18 e-tron quattro did not do its original kilometers at Le Mans on the legendary race track in Western France but in public targeted traffic. Audi factory driver Tom Kristensen, with 9 victories underneath his belt the record holder of the Le Mans 24 Hrs, drove the diesel hybrid sports vehicle from the Saint-Julien du Mans cathedral in the city center to the famous race track.
Accompanied by Tv cameras and photographers, and featured in a dwell worldwide broadcast on the internet, Audi’;s new LMP1 race auto finished the close to-10-kilometer distance by way of the city in a motorcade, did a lap on the Circuit Bugatti and arrived in front of the race track’;s modern Welcome Center amid the applause of the invited worldwide journalists and visitors. “I have been competing at Le Mans given that 1997 but this was absolutely new for me, too, and really exciting,” stated Tom Kristensen, who in 2006 had driven the revolutionary Audi R10 TDI on its planet premiere – in Paris – in public site visitors as properly.
Aside from the unusual drive which brought back recollections of a Le Mans era from the distant past when the drivers would arrive in their personal race cars, Audi surprised the public with a new livery of the Le Mans automobile. While the physique of the new R18 e-tron quattro was nevertheless black with red details when the automobile made its globe debut in December, a striking color scheme now catches the eye. The new colour scheme of white, silver, red and black stands for fresh, expressive graphics. “The colours are symbolic,” explains Dirk van Braeckel, Style Manager Motorsport and Special Tasks at Audi. “Silver emphasizes the previous accomplishment in racing. As a very quiet color, it offers the base for our livery. White, as the second color, harmonizes properly with silver and seems extremely light. It stands for the hybrid drive. White is utilized asymmetrically in order to symbolize the complexity of this powertrain technology.” The contours are modeled following the conductive tracks on PCBs, but clearly featured as an abstraction.
The subsequent shade is black. It is utilized for the front and rear wings, as nicely as on sections of the fenders and sides with hugely defined geometric contours. “We opted for matt black, as it nicely contrasts with the gloss white,” says van Braeckel. “Black stands for light-fat design and style. The black seem of the huge fin on the engine cover is intended to represent something like a backbone.” A unique red – Audi’;s functionality color – completes the graphics. Unique characteristics contain the reflecting surfaces of the aspects, Audi’;s logos and inscriptions that are solely utilized to these places, as nicely as the pronounced longitudinal orientation of the shade in the general idea. “The reflective livery is notably amazing at night and supplies the spectators with an enhanced knowledge,” explains van Braeckel. “Due to its longitudinal orientation the graphics express the velocity that is so normal for Le Mans. Even the rims contain a red section. Due to the wheel rotation, it achieves a quite dynamic impact.”
Much more cubic capacity for higher efficiency
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro did not only result in a sensation on its drive through Le Mans due to its striking livery. At the starting of a fundamentally new technological era, Audi published the key technical data of the race car’;s powertrain as effectively. For instance, the cubic capacity of the V6 TDI electrical power plant was improved from 3.6 to 4 liters in purchase to additional optimize the engine that had previously been quite productive. After testing numerous energy recovery techniques, Audi determined to compete in the class of up to 2 megajoules of recuperation energy at Le Mans. The vitality solely flows by means of a motor generator unit (MGU) at the front axle and is stored in a flywheel power storage program. “We opted for this idea following in depth testing,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “In our viewpoint, it supplies the optimum balance among effective energy use, dimension, excess weight, power conversion efficiency, responsiveness, drivability and a favorable working technique – combined with durability, which is the basic prerequisite for success at Le Mans.”
On March 28 and 29, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro will be participating in the official check of the FIA Planet Endurance Championship (WEC) at Le Castellet (France) ahead of World Champions Audi begins its title defense at Silverstone in the Uk on April 20.
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