Audi starts new epoch as World Champions

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in Audi Canada

Audi has been active in racing with discerning sports prototypes given 1999, though a turn of torment this year is during an all-time high. Regulations that are new in each respect, dual clever challengers – Porsche and Toyota – and totally opposite LMP1 foe vehicle concepts by a 3 vehicle manufacturers in a margin intruigued fans and a veteran village alike. The latest epoch of a Audi R18 e-tron quattro diesel hybrid sports vehicle boasts larger potency than ever before. For a initial time, a regulations extent a accessible appetite per lap, shortening expenditure by adult to 30 percent compared to final year.  

Audi began a new pattern of a World Championship winning R18 e-tron quattro sports vehicle – that had been really fit before – in summer of 2012. In March, Audi presented a diesel hybrid sports vehicle sporting a final clothing and graphics in a illusory expostulate by a core of Le Mans. No foe vehicle from Audi has ever been as light as a stream R18 and achieved such good path times on such a tiny volume of fuel. Its e-tron-quattro expostulate combines a 4-liter TDI engine delivering some-more than 537 hp during a back spindle with a hybrid complement with an outlay of some-more than 230 hp during a front axle. Audi’s expenditure information and those of a foe are done accessible to a stewards of a public around telemetry in genuine time. Violations of a regulations outcome in penalties. All new procedures have to infer their value in racing conditions for a initial time in a deteriorate opener.

A new rating shortly before a deteriorate opener aggravates a situation. The final appetite allocation list was usually released before a deteriorate opener. Audi now has reduction fuel accessible per lap, a slight upsurge volume has been lowered, a fuel tank ability reduced by 0.5 to 54.3 liters and a estuary cross-section for refueling has turn smaller for a R18 e-tron quattro. At a same time, a parameters for a LMP1 teams regulating gasoline engines have been raised.

But this not usually poses an additional plea to a engineers and technicians this season. The drivers significantly change expenditure by their pushing character as well. Audi relies on motorist personalities who have demonstrated speed, talent and potency in 16 winning WEC races to date, as good as in many other events ensuing in good success. As World Champions, Loïc Duval (F) and a nine-time Le Mans leader Tom Kristensen (DK) will be using for a initial time together with Lucas di Grassi (BR), who has contested WEC races for Audi on 3 prior occasions. Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) – a 2012 World Champions – will be starting from a grid in vehicle array ‘2.’ Both teams have been purebred for a whole 2014 WEC season.

The initial foe between a 3 vehicle manufacturers in a LMP1 difficulty will be hold during a ancestral Silverstone venue and in an critical market. In a past dual years, Audi won a foe on a 5.891-kilometer circuit that used to be an airfield. The lane with a prolonged straights – a third-fastest one on a calendar after Le Mans (F) and Spa (B) – will be a initial exam bed for fit driving. In further to a initial World Championship points to be scored, a profitable prize will be a special prerogative in this race: Like final year, a winners of this WEC turn will be presented with a famous Tourist Trophy – one of a many tradition-steeped prizes in racing.

In a United Kingdom, Audi enjoys a high turn of prominence not usually due to a racing commitment, as final year a code with a 4 rings delivered 14.9 percent some-more automobiles there than a year before. In Europe, with 142,039 units sold, Great Britain trailed Germany as a second-largest sales marketplace of AUDI AG.

 
Topics of a weekend

-How offset will a opening of a 3 manufacturers in a LMP1 difficulty be?
-How will a new regulations impact a march of a race?
-Who has built a many fit foe car?
-Will Audi conduct to bind a third Silverstone feat in succession?

Quotes by a officials

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “The new deteriorate shows that this World Championship with 3 manufacturers in a LMP1 difficulty and a vast array of other teams in a margin is streamer in a right direction. Getting this array off a belligerent was a challenge. Now we’re feeling genuine momentum. I’ll be really happy when a deteriorate starts during Silverstone. It’s been a really complete winter due to a new regulations. The stream adjustments to a regulations make a conditions quite formidable for us.”

Chris Reinke (Head of LMP):
“We’re during a commencement of a new era. It’s a new epoch given of a technical hurdles acted by a new foe cars on a one palm and a clever foe on a other. We’re public with dual rivals that contingency be taken really seriously. This raises a turn of a foe that we’re happy to take on. Our aim is to start a new deteriorate with a victory.”

Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “The spectators can demeanour brazen to a good deteriorate opener. Following their public in Ingolstadt, a cars have finished all a roll-outs and organic tests and were also on lane in a WEC Prologue during Le Castellet, where they met with a prior challenger Toyota and, for a initial time, with Porsche. The approach a new regulations have been designed will outcome in a really tighten operation of a times set by all a manufacturers. The regulations now entrance into outcome are new for all of us. This will be really exciting.”

Facts and quotes by a Audi drivers

Lucas di Grassi (29/BR), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Is starting his initial full WEC deteriorate with Audi
-Is a new team-mate of Loïc Duval and Tom Kristensen
“Silverstone will be a really special foe for a whole WEC, for Audi and for me.  I’m during a commencement of my initial full WEC season. Now, a many fit vehicle and a many fit drivers will have an advantage. New manners and new challengers meant that things will be even some-more difficult. we courtesy myself as a rookie in this patrol and wish to learn as many as probable from Loïc Duval and Tom Kristensen.”

Loïc Duval (31/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

-Won a year ago in England, on using for a initial time with his (then) new team-mates
-Is starting a 2014 deteriorate with Tom Kristensen as World Champions
“Our World Championship starts on a ancestral track. Many fans will remember a good head-to-head foe between Benoît Tréluyer and Allan McNish in a final theatre a year ago. For me, it was a initial success with Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish. Like final year, we’ll have a possibility to win a Tourist Trophy there, one of a many tradition-steeped prizes in racing.”

Tom Kristensen (46/DK), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Laid a substructure for his World Championship pretension during Silverstone in 2013
-Is starting a new deteriorate as a record hilt with 9 Le Mans victories underneath his belt
“I’m really many looking brazen to a initial race. The clocks have been reset to zero. It’s a initial year underneath totally new conditions. Three manufacturers in a tip difficulty meant that a foe will turn even some-more thrilling. Silverstone is a ideal venue for a deteriorate opener.”

Marcel Fässler (37/CH), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Is starting his fifth corner deteriorate with André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer
-In 2012, a contingent clinched a initial WEC World Champions’ title
“I’m failing for a deteriorate opener to start given a winter, with all a tests, was really long. Now we’re finally pushing for points. The lane in England with a severe blueprint is accurately what we wish for as a foe driver. A year ago, we had a smashing conflict for feat with a sister vehicle there. It’s time for a deteriorate to start.”

André Lotterer (32/D), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Has won an extraordinary 6 WEC rounds with his team-mates to date
-Together with his team-mates, led 105 of a 197 foe laps during Silverstone final year
“It’ll be a prominence when a 3 brands accommodate in a LMP1 difficulty during Silverstone. we can frequency wait for it. That’s when a sporting partial of a deteriorate starts after all a tests and developments. Following a slight outcome final year, it would be good if we could win during Silverstone this time.”

Benoît Tréluyer (37/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

-Won during Silverstone with his team-mates dual years ago
-Was a Le Mans leader in 2011 and 2012
“A year ago, we saw a good foe during Silverstone and fought a good conflict with a team-mate Allan McNish. Now, with a new regulations and a third manufacturer, things will turn even some-more interesting, generally on a classical foe lane that we adore as drivers.” 

The Audi drivers during Silverstone

Lucas di Grassi (BR): * Aug 11, 1984 in São Paulo (BR); residence: Monaco (MC); single; height: 1.79 m; weight: 75 kg; Audi motorist given 2012; Le Mans victories: 0; WEC races: 3; WEC victories: 0; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC Silverstone: –

Loïc Duval (F): * Jun 12, 1982 in Chartres (F); residence: Genf (CH); married to Gaëlle, one son (Hugo); height: 1.78 m; weight: 70 kg; Audi motorist given 2012; Le Mans victories: 1; WEC races: 11; WEC victories: 4; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC Silverstone: 1

Marcel Fässler (CH): * May 27, 1976 in Einsiedeln (CH); residence: Gross (CH); married to Isabel, 4 daughters (Shana, Elin, Yael and Delia); height: 1.78 m; weight: 78 kg; Audi motorist given 2008; Le Mans victories: 2; WEC races: 16; WEC victories: 6; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome WEC Silverstone: 1

Tom Kristensen (DK): * Jul 07, 1967 in Hobro (DK); residence: Monaco (MC); singular (partner: Hanne), dual sons (Oliver and Oswald) and one daughter (Carla Marlou); height: 1.74 m; weight: 72 kg; Audi motorist given 2000; Le Mans victories: 9; WEC races: 16; WEC victories: 4; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 2; best outcome WEC Silverstone: 1

André Lotterer (D): * Nov 19, 1981 in Duisburg (D); residence: Tokyo (J); single; height: 1.84 m; weight: 74 kg; Audi motorist given 2010; Le Mans victories: 2; WEC races: 16; WEC victories: 6; WEC stick positions: 4; fastest WEC laps: 4; best outcome WEC Silverstone: 1

Benoît Tréluyer (F): * Dec 07, 1976 in Alençon (F); residence: Gordes (F); married to Melanie, one son (Jules); height: 1.78 m; weight: 68 kg; Audi motorist given 2010; Le Mans victories: 2; WEC races: 16; WEC victories: 6; WEC stick positions: 3; fastest WEC laps: 2; best outcome WEC Silverstone: 1

 
All Silverstone winners (since 2004)

2004 Pierre Kaffer/Allan McNish (Audi)
2005 Allan McNish/Stéphane Ortelli (Audi)
2007 Marc Gené/Nicolas Minassian (Peugeot)
2008 Dindo Capello/Allan McNish (Audi)
2009 Olivier Panis/Nicolas Lapierre (Oreca)
2010 Anthony Davidson/Nicolas Minassian (Peugeot)
2011 Simon Pagenaud/Sébastien Bourdais (Peugeot)
2012 Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (Audi)
2013 Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (Audi)

Track info

Track length: 5.891 km
Race duration: 6 hours
Qualifying record on this track: Allan McNish (Audi), 1m 43.475s (204.954 km/h), Sep 11, 2010
Race record on this track: Allan McNish (Audi), 1m 42.767s (206.366 km/h), Apr 14, 2013
Pole position 2013: Nicolas Lapierre/Alexander Wurz (Toyota), 1m 48.021s (196.328 km/h), Apr 13, 2013
Fastest path 2013: Allan McNish (Audi), 1m 42.767s (206.366 km/h), Apr 14, 2013


FIA WEC World Championship titles

2012 Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (Audi)
2013 Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (Audi)


Lucas di Grassi about a lane during Silverstone

“Silverstone is a lane with a illusory tradition, not usually in single-seater racing. Endurance races are partial of a story of this circuit as well. Everything started on a former airfield which, due to a countless prolonged straights, was an comprehensive high-speed lane for many years. Since then, a lane has altered a lot. There are some new, really slight sections in a initial sector. But fortunately, a fascinating combinations of turns such as Copse, Maggots and Becketts have remained. I’m really vehement to see how these corners following in discerning period will feel in a Audi R18 e-tron quattro. Despite a conversions that have been done to a circuit in new years we’re still achieving an normal speed of 200 km/h. It’ll be a good deteriorate opener.”

Schedule (local times; CEST –1 hour)

Friday, Apr 18
11.55–13.25     Free use 1
15.55–17.25     Free use 2

Saturday, Apr 19
09.00–10.00     Free use 3
12.35–13.00     Qualifying LMP1 and LMP2

Sunday, Apr 20
12.00–18.00     6-hour race

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