Audi has taken all the necessary measures to be ready for the 2015 World Endurance Championship which kicks off this Sunday. They have conducted approximately 10,000 km of tests prior to the debut of the season and have brought some significant updates to the R18 e-tron quattro which will be powered by a V6 TDI 4.0-liter engine working together with an e-quattro hybrid drive setup which is now more powerful yet consumes less fuel.
The racecar has a combined output of 558 PS (410 kW) and benefits from optimized aerodynamics which allows the R18 e-tron quattro to be quicker around the track yet consumes 2.5% less fuel than before. It weighs 1,918 lbs (870 kg) and holds 700 kilojoules in the encapsulated flywheel energy storage system, representing a 17% increase compared to the previous car.
To get ready for the 2015 World Endurance Championship, Audi did a teambuilding event as well as a fitness camp in February while in the last weekend of March there was an initial meeting of the teams at the FIA WEC Prologue.
The season opener will be in United Kingdom on April 12 at Silverstone, a circuit known for providing plenty of diversity where back in 2012 drivers Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) won. They are back in the car number 7 while in car number 8 will be Loïc Duval/Lucas di Grassi/Oliver Jarvis (F/BR/GB).