The attached video animation was released by Audi to better explain the changes the 2014 R18 e-tron quattro had to go through in order to meet FIA’s latest regulations concerning LMP1 cars for this year’s Le Mans race. The vehicle makes use of a V6 TDI engine working together with an energy recovery system as well as a flywheel energy storage system which combined form the e-tron quattro drive arrangement.
In order to improve the vehicle’s efficiency, Audi’s engineers created a narrower body for the 2014 R18 e-tron quattro, installed slimmer tires and also reduced the aerodynamic drag. Another change refers to a pre-defined energy usage per lap in order to meet FIA’s newest rule. Vehicle data was transmitted when passing the pit lane through a burst signal radio transmission that also provided continuous details regarding the energy consumption throughout the 24-hour endurance race.
The 2014 R18 e-tron quattro was equipped with matrix LED laser headlights featuring adaptive cornering light technology which was also implemented onto a road-going car, the limited edition R8 LMX.
We remind you Audi also released an “Honour” video in which they celebrate this year’s triumph with the car that covered 379 laps and driven the Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer trio, marking the 13th time when Audi wins the endurance race. This year’s car was 22 percent more fuel efficient than the 2013-spec model and managed to record a 214 km/h average speed, with the fastest lap of 3m 22.657s set by Andre Lotterer.