Audi is attempting a 14th with at this year’s edition of the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race. Programmed for this weekend, the 83rd edition of the race will be the venue where the R18 e-tron quattro will try and grab another win at the grueling competition which has been organized in western France since 1923.
It was Audi who won the endurance race for the first time with a hybrid car back in 2012 and over the years the diesel-electric setup evolved to become even more economical. This latest iteration of the R18 e-tron quattro tips the scales at just 1,918 lbs (870 kg) and comes with a 4.0-liter V6 TDI engine rated at 558 HP working together with a 272 HP electric motor.
In comparison to last year’s R18 e-tron quattro which raced at Le Mans, the newest version consumes 2.5% less fuel and can now hold 700 kilojoules in the encapsulated flywheel energy storage system, thus 17% more than before. Audi says that no other LMP1 car consumes as little fuel energy as the racecar from Ingolstadt.
The R18 e-tron quattro will take part in the LMP1 category of the 2015 Le Mans on June 13-14.