Historic triumph: Audi achieves initial feat of a hybrid car during Le Mans

Posted on 03. Apr, 2017 by in Audi Canada

Around 200,000 spectators witnessed a fascinating competition with a play and incidents that are standard for Le Mans and an considerable proof of “Vorsprung durch Technik.” The 4 Audi R18 cars from Audi Sport Team Joest were a quickest and many arguable vehicles and after 24 hours assigned positions one, two, 3 and five.

“By achieving this serve success during a world’s many critical continuation competition a engineers demonstrated their high technological imagination in a quite considerable way,” commented Rupert Stadler, Chairman of a Board of Management of AUDI AG, who privately watched a competition on location. “With a e-tron quattro in multiple with ultra lightweight design, we put a totally new record on a grid and immediately won with it – this can't be taken for postulated by any means, quite here during Le Mans. This weekend again showed a form of things that can occur in this competition and how critical ideal credentials is.”

All 4 Audi R18 cars had a possibility to bind what amounted to a brand’s eleventh Le Mans feat in total. After 378 laps, final year’s winners Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) during a circle of a Audi R18 e-tron quattro designated as automobile series “1” were again a front runners. Dindo Capello (I), Tom Kristensen (DK) and Allan McNish (GB) as a runners-up caused a all-wheel expostulate of a destiny in that a required expostulate complement is cleverly sum with an electrically driven spindle to record a one-two result. Audi is already contrast this record in that a expostulate missile is transposed by electric cables for use in prolongation vehicles.

Le Mans rookie Marco Bonanomi (I), Oliver Jarvis (GB) and Mike Rockenfeller (D) in a best conventionally powered Audi R18 ultra finished a fourth one-two-three feat for Audi during a Le Mans 24 Hours after 2000, 2002 and 2010. Romain Dumas (F), Loïc Duval (F) and Marc Gené (E) during a circle of a second R18 ultra finished in fifth place.

Operating during a back of all 4 Audi R18 cars was a latest expansion of a compress V6 TDI engine with VTG mono turbocharger that was used during Le Mans for a initial time in 2011. The new ultra-light delivery with a CO fiber housing – a newness in a Le Mans sports automobile – reason adult to a Le Mans continuation exam covering a stretch of 5.151 kilometers in all 4 vehicles but any problems as well. Like quatto all-wheel drive, ultra-lightweight pattern is a core competency of a company.

The dual Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars consolidate these dual technologies in a quite impassioned form – and they were a protagonists during a 80th book of a continuation classical right from a beginning. They usually had to relinquish a heading position to one of a dual Toyota hybrid vehicles once for a few laps on Saturday night. After a early retirements of their fiercest rivals a dual R18 e-tron quattro cars fought a stirring duel for feat via a night until noon on Sunday during that a lead altered several times and a dual diesel hybrid sports cars were mostly distant by usually a few seconds.

An collision by Allan McNish in a discerning Porsche corners reduction than 3 hours before a finish caused a rough decision. Audi Sport Team Joest managed to scold a complicated repairs during a front of a R18 e-tron quattro in record time and to so save second place. In a early phase, automobile series “2” had mislaid scarcely a path after a large square of rubber pick-up had gotten stranded in a area of a back suspension.

The winning automobile with framework series R18-208H nicknamed “Electra” was not spared from incidents either. Marcel Fässler overwhelmed a line separator twice on Saturday morning: a initial time after spinning during high speed and a second time when he had to hedge a GT automobile that was station laterally in a Mulsanne corner. Benoît Tréluyer, who was pang from a critical cold that he had held on Friday while participating in a drivers’ march in a sleet in a core of Le Mans, spun once during a opening to a array lane.

The third-placed Audi R18 ultra – automobile series “4” – mislaid a path right during a commencement of a competition due to a check of a back suspension. On late Sunday morning a rigging got stranded twice that a motorist was means to scold any time by switching a ignition on and off. Afterward a R18 was using ideally again and authorised Marco Bonanomi and Oliver Jarvis to bind a initial lectern place during Le Mans together with Mike Rockenfeller, who returned to a lectern a year after his critical accident.

Two scarcely matching slips caused a Audi R18 ultra #3 in that Loïc Duval set a fastest path of a competition to remove a possibility for victory. On Saturday night, Romain Dumas in a initial equivocation while lapping a GT automobile strike a unwashed partial of a line and slid opposite a line barrier. The same fumble occurred to Marc Gené on Sunday noon. In both cases, Audi Sport Team Joest managed to scold a R18 in an intensely brief duration of time. In total, though, twelve laps were lost.

“This was a competition of a kind we can arguably knowledge usually during Le Mans,” pronounced Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich after his 4 Audi R18 cars had crossed a finish line. “You should never glory too early during Le Mans, that was apparent again generally on Sunday noon. The whole universe was already articulate about a one-two-three-four feat and all of a remarkable dual of a cars had accidents roughly simultaneously. That a patrol regularly managed to scold a cars so fast after a slips clearly speaks for Audi Sport Team Joest that can simply be banked on during Le Mans. On a whole, we can usually take my shawl off to a whole patrol of Audi Sport that worked intensely tough for a year to make this delight possible. It was a really large plea to rise a hybrid automobile in such a brief time that is discerning and means to reason adult for 24 hours. The fact that, as in 2001 with a TFSI engine and in 2006 with a TDI, we managed to be successful right on a initial run simply proves a turn of technological imagination that is accessible during Audi. This is a good day for Audi Sport, for Audi and for a e-tron quattro.”

With a eleventh feat during Le Mans, Audi has extended a lead in a World Endurance Championship. Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish as a runners-up recaptured a lead in a drivers’ universe championship.

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