Audi will compete for its 14th overall victory and 6th straight win at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, held in the town of Le Mans, France from June 13 to 14. This was disclosed by Audi on June 8, 2015.
The world’s most prestigious circuit race, 24 Hours of Le Mans, is an endurance race in which drivers who complete the most laps on the 13.629km long track claim the victory. 24 Hours of Le Mans contestants reach a maximum of 400km/h straight-line speed after racing 5,000km at an average speed of 210km/h. The speed and durability of the car will determine the outcome of the race, thus all eyes are set on the drivers’ capability and carmakers’ technological competitive edge.
The returning champion Audi won a total of 13 wins after entering the race 16 times since 1999. Its very first hybrid racing car, Audi R18 e-tron quattro first entered the race in 2012 and garnered three victories ever since. This year Audi plans to continue its legend with three upgraded units of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro.
The new Audi R18 e-tron quattro doubled its hybrid energy capacity into 4MJ, which is charged during braking and cornering on the Le Mans track, and its electric motor power output was revamped to over 272hp (200kW). Its built-in 4.0L V6 diesel TDI engine was also improved to a max 558hp of power output and over 830hpof total power output from the hybrid system.
With a new lightweight design, the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro weighs only 870kg, boosting the efficiency of its diesel engine by 2.5% from the previous year.
Audi has proven its technological prowess by bringing the trophy home from the 24 Hours circuit racing with its cars harnessing a host of cutting edge technologies from the world’s very first turbo charged direct injection gasoline engine (TFSI), and diesel engine (TDI), Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG), lightweight technologies, Matrix LED headlights, and laser headlights.
The proven technologies of the race winners were directly applied to Audi’s mass production models to bolster its growth in the global market. Its first turbo charged direct injection TFSI engine, that won 5 races from 2000 to 2005, consolidated Audi’s dynamic prestige brand image. Its diesel TDI engine, that secured the following 5 victories from 2006 to 2011, played a pivotal role in landing Audi in 2nd place of global premium car sales. About 80% of Audi models in Korea are built with TDI engines.
Audi Korea will post a live stream to broadcast the 24 Hours of Le Mans Race with a brief introduction about this year’s event on its official blog (http://blog.audi.co.kr) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/audikorea.kr).