Audi preparing R18 e-tron quattro for official test day at Le Mans

Audi will be applying the finishing touches on the R18 e-tron quattro on Sunday during the official test day at Le Mans on the 13.629-km long circuit at La Sarthe. Also known as the “Circuit des 24 Heures”, the Le Mans track consists of public roads that will be closed during the test day as well as during the race week. Audi will have eight hours to fully test their racer for 2014 Le Mans and because of the new regulations they will have to take into account even more factors.

Audi’s engineers will also prioritize meeting the specified fuel consumption targets which will be the first time when they do this at Le Mans. There sports cars will be brought by Audi Sport and put to the test by Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen, Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer and Filipe Albuquerque/Marco Bonanomi. Comprehensive tests will be done on the hybrid system, suspension kinematics, as well as on the aerodynamics and tires. These tests will be spread across the three cars and the findings will be used by the entire team.

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It should be noted that the 2014 regulations for Le Mans imply every R18 e-tron quattro will have to consume only 138.7 megajoules of energy, representing the equivalent of 3.95 liters of diesel fuel. Stewards will be in charge of receiving the consumption data in real time which will give them the possibility to check out whether the LMP1 cars meet the requirements.

Two weeks after the official test, Audi will be heading to the legendary 24-hour endurance race at Le Mans in the western area of France.

Adrian Padeanu

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