Audi is presenting a newly developed aerodynamic package tailored to the 2015 R18 e-tron quattro. It has been created specifically for the upcoming 6 Hours of Spa race and it’s basically a low downforce kit adopting modified sidepods, a revised front fairing, relocated air vents as well as a new rear wing support.
According to Jan Monchaux who is Audi Sport’s head of aerodynamics, the kit had to be developed because downforce at Le Mans is not as important in comparison to other circuits so a new body shape was necessary for the six-hour endurance race in Belgium at Spa. For this reason, Audi Sport says that all the wings, turning vanes and other similar bits and pieces are not mounted anymore so steeply in the airflow.
We remind you the 2015 R18 e-tron quattro weighs 870 kg (1,918 lbs) and is powered by a V6 4.0-liter TDI engine with 558 PS teamed up with a 272 PS electric motor. It gets matrix LED headlights with Laserlight technology while the monocoque, engine cover, hood and the front wing have been sourced from the previous version. Another change is represented by the flywheel energy storage which can now carry 700 kilojoules, up by 17% compared to its predecessor.