Richard Meaden from EVO had the special opportunity to test drive the Audi R18 e-tron quattro. He managed to take the Le Mans-winning car for a quick spin on the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” in Italy where he did four laps with the car: one out lap, two flying laps and then an in lap. He drove the #2 R18 e-tron quattro which had more than 800 bhp of diesel-hybrid power and was used by André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer during the famous endurance race.
We remind you the 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro is equipped with laser headlights and has a mid-mounted V6 TDI engine driving the rear wheels while the front axle is powered by an e-quattro hybrid setup. Compared to its predecessor, the latest version is 30% less frugal and has been equipped with slimmer tires while the flywheel energy storage system has been thoroughly optimized.
As for the aforementioned hybrid system, it uses an electric turbocharger that has been mounted within the conventional diesel engine. Other changes compared to the 2013 specification model include a 20mm increase in height (at 1050mm) and a 100mm decrease in width. Behind the transmission there’s a carbon fiber reinforced plastic structure that can absorb the energy in the event of a crash.
Chances are Audi is cooking up further updates for the 2015-spec R18 e-tron quattro.