Saturday, 18 January 2014

NEWS: Audi R18 TDi (CA24b) Audi R18 TDi
CA24b, 24h Le Mans 2011 have published some photos of the next Audi R18 TDi livery to be released, the car that ran at the 2011 Le Mans 24hr.  The R18 is a fantastic track runner as you would expect and it's nice to see releasing a track car other then the boxed LE Le Mans winner and the 'Test' livery, this ones a sure addition to my line-up.

From the Team: 'The R18 TDI is a sportscar designed in 2011 by Audi, according to the Lmp1 regulations, to be engaged in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Endurance Championship. It is a closed cockpit car, a choice made as a consequence of the rules change introduced in 2011.

Each area of this car is designed for extreme reduction of weight; the minimum value of 900 kg required by regulations is reached by using ballasts. The carbon monocoque chassis is made in a single-piece; this solution is very light, but also very safe. The gearbox is 6-speeds, electrically actuated, built with large use of carbon fibre composite material. The whole headlights are made with LEDs.

The diesel engine is a V6, 120°, 3.7 liters displacement; fuel tank capacity is 65 liters. The engine uses a single turbo and exhaust pipe situated below the fin. The maximum power is 540 hp with air restric- tions according to the rules, and the top speed about 335 kph. Audi was engaged in the 2011 Le Mans 24 hour- race with 3 R18s. The number 1 was driven by Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Mike Rockenfeller.'
From Wikipedia: 'The Audi R18 is a Le Mans Prototype (LMP) racing car constructed by the German car manufacturer Audi AG. It is the successor to the Audi R15 TDI.  Like its predecessor, the R18 uses a TDI turbocharged diesel engine but with a reduced capacity of 3.7 litres and in a V6 configuration. For the first time since the 1999 R8C, Audi's Le Mans prototype uses a closed cockpit design.  The R18 is also the first racing car from Audi to feature hybrid power.'

In 2011 and Audi introduced the all new R18, a return to closed cockpit racing - thanks goodness!

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1 comment :

Motorsport Modeller said...

Very cool looking car, details and body shape look perfect.