- World premiere on Audi MediaTV on March 22
- New LMP sports car featuring numerous innovative details
Ingolstadt, March 21, 2016 – At the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) prologue at Le Castellet (F) on March 25/26, the new Audi R18 will be meeting with its competitors for the first time. Prior to this meeting, the LMP1 sports car will celebrate its premiere on Audi MediaTV.
The latest turbodiesel LMP1 racer to carry the R18 e-tron quattro name will race in the six megajoule hybrid sub-class later this year rather than the 4MJ division in which it competed in 2015.
Audi has abandoned the flywheel energy storage or mechanical battery system used since the arrival of the first R18 hybrid in 2012 in favour of a lithium-ion battery, the same technology used by 2015 WEC champion Porsche.
The move to 6MJ should put the Audi on a par in terms of the Equivalence of Technology with petrol-powered rivals Porsche and Toyota, who will both race at 8MJ in 2016.
Christopher Reinke, head of LMP1 at Audi Sport, told Autosport: “Making the step to 6MJ is very important and puts another weapon in our hands.”
World premiere of the Audi R18 (Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 14:00, CET) www.audimedia.tv
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