Hot on the heels of last month’s reveal, the 2016 Audi R18 has been caught on camera undergoing testing at Sebring.
In the last 15 years, Audi has won the 24-hour Le Mans endurance race for 13 times, but this year they lost to Porsche. This gives them extra motivation to work better on next year’s car, especially since Porsche also triumphed in both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Audi Sport needs to get back in the game with the R18 and the 2016 specification promises to be the “most powerful and efficient racecar Audi has ever built”. Keep in mind the Le Mans racer still has a turbodiesel V6 4-liter engine, but it has gone through a series of upgrades. In addition, a lithium-ion battery solution has replaced the flywheel energy storage for the hybrid system, while the body has gone through some changes to improve aerodynamics.
It might not be the best time to come out with a racecar equipped with the diesel engine, but in the end that won’t matter at all if Audi Sport will take the win next year at Le Mans and in WEC. It should be mentioned they will field only two cars in 2016 at Le Mans, while the driver lineup for WEC will remain unchanged.