Audi with many fuel-efficient powertrain during Le Mans

Posted on 09. Jun, 2014 by in Audi Canada

Audi has been environment potency standards with a ultra technology. Since 2001, TFSI gasoline approach injection helped to intensely revoke fuel expenditure during Le Mans, and subsequently in Audi’s prolongation automobiles as well. Since 2006, Audi caused a prodigy with a TDI engine and 5 victories during Le Mans. Since 2012, a diesel hybrid expostulate of a R18 e-tron quattro has been dominant during La Sarthe. The subsequent vital step formula from a potency regulations in 2014. Fundamentally new manners establish that Audi and a rivals in a conflict for altogether feat have to economize on fuel – adult to 30 percent reduction is accessible this year, depending on a judgment and rating. And this requires a rarely fit foe car.

Audi has grown a essentially new sports antecedent for 2014. The heading innovations embody a Audi laser light. This pioneering record serve improves active prophesy and is concurrently introduced in a Audi R8 LMX (fuel expenditure sum in l per 100 km: 12.9; CO2 emissions sum in g/km: 299). For a powertrain, Audi, in a 25th year of a TDI engine, has grown a new 4.0-liter V6 section for Le Mans. It has been purposefully designed for potency and, together with many other optimizations of a foe car, such as aerodynamics, helps save energy. Compared with a 2006 5.5-liter V12 Audi R10 TDI, a initial TDI engine used during Le Mans,  a stream foe automobile consumes about 40 percent reduction fuel – while achieving allied path times.

In petrify terms, 138.7 megajoules of fuel appetite are accessible to a new R18 e-tron quattro per path during Le Mans. This amounts to 6.16 liters reduction per 100 kilometers than a gasoline engines of a challengers, Toyota and Porsche, are authorised to consume. If a best teams, as final was a box in a 2012 deteriorate that saw usually brief reserve automobile periods, lonesome 378 laps, afterwards Audi’s high-performance TDI engine would have 317.52 liters reduction fuel accessible in a march of 24 hours than a gasoline units. This formula in an simply distinct analogous conditions that each patron is informed with in normal highway traffic: how fit is a diesel and how fit a gasoline engine?

The conditions during Le Mans is aggravated by a sum of all ratings. A formidable set of manners assesses a several technical concepts. Through appetite allocations and fuel upsurge quantities, as good as a array stop intervals ensuing from fuel expenditure and fuel tank capacity, a regulations aim to grasp an ‘equivalence of technology.’

“Audi has arguably never before faced such a formidable charge during Le Mans as this year,” says Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of a Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development. “The stream rating means that a potency advantages formed on a element of a TDI engine no longer sufficient to also grasp an advantage opposite a racing distance. Still, we’re holding on this plea in sequence to denote a technological expertise. More than ever before, a ideal display by a cohesive group will be essential during Le Mans.”

Last year’s winners Loïc Duval (F) and Tom Kristensen (DK), who is a Le Mans record hilt with 9 victories to his credit, are pity a series 1 R18 e-tron quattro with Lucas di Grassi (BR). Car series 2 is driven by Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F), who motionless a iconic continuation foe in their preference in 2011 and 2012. At a circle of automobile series 3 is a Le Mans rookie Filipe Albuquerque (P). He is pity a cockpit with Marco Bonanomi (I) and Oliver Jarvis (GB), who have formerly been on lectern in a 24-hour race.

With that, Audi has a powerful, well-balanced patrol that combines a sum of 16 Le Mans victories. Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich and Chris Reinke, Head of LMP during Audi, can equally rest on their drivers and on Audi Sport Team Joest. Still, Audi’s 16th run during Le Mans will be some-more severe than ever before. On a exam day during Le Mans, on Jun 1, Audi successfully finished a preparations. When a 82nd book of a Le Mans 24 Hours starts during 15.00 on Jun 14, Audi, in further to sketch on a imagination and abilities, will need some racing fortune. Eurosport will be airing full-length coverage of a race. At spectators can also watch a foe from a cockpit viewpoint of a R18 e-tron quattro. Various telemetry information are accessible as well.  

Topics of a weekend

-How clever will a particular manufacturers and their foe automobile concepts be during Le Mans?
-Will Audi be means to continue a fibre of success in a iconic event?
-Will a many fuel-efficient foe automobile also be in front during a end?
-How offset are Audi’s motorist pairings?
-How many spectators will revisit a classical foe this year?

Quotes by a officials

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “With 3 manufacturers now competing in a LMP1H category, a turn of a eventuality has clearly risen once more.  This does not reduce any of a past races, as special hurdles arise each year, not always usually given of a foe yet also given of a foe itself. There have been years during Le Mans in that we were successful even yet a automobile wasn’t a fastest one. We can commend a loyal pattern usually in a race. We aim to be ideal and to conflict for feat with speed and reliability.”

Chris Reinke (Head of LMP): “The credentials time was unequivocally long, deliberation that a new regulations were combined over a duration of several years and that a judgment pattern and growth theatre was followed by a prolonged contrast proviso and a initial dual races of a season. That was a unequivocally formidable task. I’m assured that we grown a good foe car. Now we’re looking brazen to a approach comparison of all manufacturers in a race.”

Ralf Jüttner (Team Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “Le Mans 2014 will be one of a races in that we can’t means to make any mistakes. The regulations do not wish to see a foe automobile that’s higher to a competitors, for instance in terms of path times. But that’s not a usually thing. Our aim is to give a drivers a automobile that allows them to expostulate three- or four-hour stints as closely as probable to a extent though removing tired. This aspect will confirm a race. So, as a team, we need to work out a good set-up. We’ve been in allied situations before and managed to do a zero-defect pursuit afterwards as well. We wish to try and do that again this time.”

Facts and quotes by a Audi drivers

Lucas di Grassi (29/BR), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Achieved a lectern finish on his Le Mans entrance a year ago
-Contests a full FIA World Endurance Championship for a initial time this year
“A year ago we gifted my entrance during Le Mans. The lane and a whole trickery are incredible. And it’s outrageous fun to expostulate a R18 e-tron quattro for this team. In 2013, we immediately finished on lectern and was voted rookie of a year. Now I’m using with dual unequivocally gifted team-mates who, as universe champions, merit pushing automobile series 1. we wish to learn as many as probable from them. I’m anticipating for a good result.”

Loïc Duval (31/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Is returning to Le Mans as final year’s winner
-Will be 32 years aged during a Le Mans week
“Between a feat a year ago and a exam day we didn’t expostulate on this track. we unequivocally like this circuit and am looking brazen to pushing a R18 e-tron quattro on it. Hopefully, we can again grasp a good outcome with Tom and Lucas given it’s a many critical foe of a year. And it’s fun to expostulate in front of such a vast audience.”

Tom Kristensen (46/DK), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Celebrated his ninth Le Mans feat final year
-In May, finished a 24-hour towering bike foe in third place
“For a fans, for us drivers and for all a others, there’s usually one truth: a subsequent foe is a one that counts, not a prior ones. And a subsequent foe is always a hardest one. It’s good to also be competing opposite a code like Porsche this year – in gripping with a claim: ‘welcome challenges.’ We’re going to give a best during Le Mans. The exam day already showed that we can make extent final on a car. Now, if we wish to have a chance, we need to infer that for 24 hours.”

Marcel Fässler (38/CH), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-In 2011, was a initial Swiss to have won a Le Mans 24 Hours
-Has been pushing with André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer as team-mates given 2010
“Le Mans will be a tough bulb to moment this year. The prior races were perfectionist too, yet this year will even be some-more extreme. That’s a genuine plea for us drivers: a on-track foe in approach conflict is a intriguing part. And that’s what I’m intensely looking brazen to.”

André Lotterer (32/D), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)

-In 2012, was WEC Champion with Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer
-Three years ago, won a Le Mans 24 Hours for a initial time with Audi
“This will be a unequivocally stirring Le Mans this time. Toyota is a challenger for a third year now and Porsche is an additional one. Three manufacturers are competing with new cars and 3 totally opposite concepts underneath new regulatory conditions. Each code has opposite strengths yet maybe a opening turn will be flattering similar. We’ve can’t means to make any mistakes and we’ll be pushing during a limit. That’s what we’re looking brazen to. And we hope, so are a spectators.”

Benoît Tréluyer (37/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Has won a Le Mans 24 Hours twice before with Audi
-Grew adult in Alençon, 50 kilometers north of Le Mans
“The Le Mans 24 Hours is always a severe foe that’s usually over when a mottled dwindle falls. This year, totally new regulations apply. We know a intensity of a automobile and a formidable technology. We’re in a stronger position now than we final were during Silverstone or during Spa and know a automobile better. Our R18 e-tron quattro with a aerodynamics for Le Mans should be flattering good.”

Filipe Albuquerque (28/P), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Is a usually Audi motorist this year to knowledge his Le Mans debut
-Will applaud his 29th birthday one day before a foe starts
“We’re confronting one of a world’s biggest races. My entrance in this foe is a special thing and for me it’s a payoff to be means to contest for Audi. The code is committed to battling for victory. My team-mates have helped me a lot in scheming for a foe and I’m looking brazen to a corner run.”

Marco Bonanomi (29/I), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-Two years ago, in third place, immediately won a prize during Le Mans
-Drove a new R18 e-tron quattro during Spa in May
“The feeling of competing during Le Mans is always something special for a foe driver. we waited for this for a prolonged time and am ready. We’ve collected a lot of information that will assistance us. Our group has entirely prepared a car. Obviously, we’re assembly with tough rivals, so it’ll be a good challenge. And I’m looking brazen to operative with Filipe Albuquerque and Oliver Jarvis.”

Oliver Jarvis (30/GB), Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
-In 2012 and 2013, was on lectern with Audi during Le Mans
-Is contesting his initial WEC foe in a 2014 deteriorate in France
“No matter who a competitors are, and opposite that cars we’re driving, this foe is always quite tough and fascinating. Toyota is severe us with an even some-more absolute automobile than in a past and, during a same time, Porsche is returning. That’ll be a large philharmonic and a fascinating week. The atmosphere during Le Mans is singular and a circuit is one of a many pleasing ones in a world. I’ve been on lectern twice here yet we can’t usually hope. You’ve got to ready one hundred percent.”

The Audi drivers during Le Mans

Filipe Albuquerque (P): * Jun 13, 1985 in Coimbra (P); residence: Coimbra (P); singular (partner: Joana); height: 1.74 m; weight: 65 kg; Audi motorist given 2011; Le Mans victories: 0; WEC races: 1; WEC victories: 0; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 0; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: –

Marco Bonanomi (I): * Mar 12, 1985 in Lecco (I); residence: Colle Brianza (I); single; height: 1.76 m; weight: 69 kg; Audi motorist given 2011; Le Mans victories: 0; WEC races: 3; WEC victories: 0; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 0; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 3

Lucas di Grassi (BR): * Aug 11, 1984 in São Paulo (BR), residence: Monaco (MC); married to Anna; height: 1.79 m; weight: 75 kg; Audi motorist given 2012; Le Mans victories: 0; WEC races: 5; WEC victories: 0; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 3

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: 13; WEC victories: 4; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 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: 18; WEC victories: 6; WEC stick positions: 2; fastest WEC laps: 1; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 1

Oliver Jarvis (GB): * Jan 09, 1984 in Burwell (GB); residence: Burwell (GB); single; height: 1.80 m; weight: 70 kg; Audi motorist given 2008; Le Mans victories: 0; WEC races: 4; WEC victories: 0; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 0; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 3

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: 18; WEC victories: 4; WEC stick positions: 0; fastest WEC laps: 2; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 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: 18; WEC victories: 6; WEC stick positions: 4; fastest WEC laps: 5; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 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: 18; WEC victories: 6; WEC stick positions: 3; fastest WEC laps: 2; best outcome Le Mans 24 Hours: 1

All Le Mans winners (since 2000)

2000 Frank Biela/Tom Kristensen/Emanuele Pirro (Audi)
2001 Frank Biela/Tom Kristensen/Emanuele Pirro (Audi)
2002 Frank Biela/Tom Kristensen/Emanuele Pirro (Audi)
2003 Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Guy Smith (Bentley)
2004 Seiji Ara/Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen (Audi)
2005 Tom Kristensen/JJ Lehto/Marco Werner (Audi)
2006 Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro/Marco Werner (Audi)
2007 Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro/Marco Werner (Audi)
2008 Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (Audi)

2009 David Brabham/Marc Gené/Alexander Wurz (Peugeot)
2010 Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas/Mike Rockenfeller (Audi)
2011 Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (Audi)
2012 Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (Audi)
2013 Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (Audi)

Track info

Track length: 13.629 km
Race duration: 24 hours
Qualifying record on this track: Stéphane Sarrazin (Peugeot), 3m 18.513s (247.159 km/h), Jun 11, 2008
Race record on this track: Loïc Duval (Peugeot), 3m 19.074s (246.463 km/h), Jun 13, 2010
Pole position 2013: Loïc Duval (Audi), 3m 22.349s (242.474 km/h), Jun 19, 2013
Fastest path 2013: André Lotterer (Audi), 3m 22.746s (241.999 km/h), Jun 22, 2013

FIA WEC titles

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

Tom Kristensen about a lane during Le Mans

“Describing Le Mans in a few difference is roughly impossible. A series of hurdles are widespread opposite a 13.6 kilometers: comparatively delayed chicanes such as those following a start and finish and on a Hundaudières straight, unequivocally quick sections like a initial partial of Indianapolis and a Porsche corners, a dual corners in Mulsanne and Arnage, where we change all a approach down to initial gear, and a straights of course. In 4 sections we strech a speed of some-more than 300 km/h. The trade being generated when 4 categories share a margin is always a subject on such a high-speed circuit. Only partial of a lane is henceforth used for racing. The vital partial is open roads sealed to trade that simply feel opposite than a foe track. The mindfulness stays unique.”


Sunday, Jun 8
14.30–19.00     Technical and executive scrutineering

Monday, Jun 9
10.00–18.00     Technical and executive scrutineering

Tuesday, Jun 10
17.00–18.30     Autograph session

Wednesday, Jun 11
16.00–20.00     Free use
22.00–24.00     Qualifying

Thursday, Jun 12
19.00–21.00     Qualifying
22.00–24.00     Qualifying

Friday, Jun 13
10.00–20.00     Pit walk
14.00         Audi press conference
17.30–19.30     Driver parade

Saturday, Jun 14
09.00–09.45     Warm-up
14.22         Beginning of starting procedure
15.00         Start

Sunday, Jun 15
15.00         Finish
15.30         ACO press conference

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