Audi R18 E-tron Quattro makes race debut

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Audi R18 E-tron Quattro – First of its kind prototype race car

A hybrid vehicle from Audi’ is tipped to win the highly esteemed Le Mans 24 Hours.

The recently unveiled Audi R 18 E-tron Quattro is a brilliant all-wheel drive diesel hybrid prototype race car and is the first of its kind. Audi claims it has been working on the idea of a diesel hybrid quattro race car for quite some time now and is excited about how well it can perform on the track.

The R18 e-tron quattro pairs a V6 TDI diesel engine driving the rear axle and a flywheel-storage hybrid system on the front axle that powers the front wheels under acceleration. Unlike conventional all-wheel systems, there is no link between the front and rear wheels.

Measuring 2 meters by 4.65 meters, this Quattro manages to pack an extra front-wheel drive, plus a hybrid system into this versatile sports car. Amongst the many other superior features, Audi has also achieved a compact motor generator unit on the Quattro’s front axle courtesy of the support offered by system partners.

Between 1981 and 1997, Audi  picked up a total of four titles during the World Rally Championship, confirming Audi’s top class quality and performance in the market.

The Audi R18 has become a hybrid race car. When the R18 was first unveiled, Audi revealed that it had been engineered to take an electric powertrain, which it now has. In the future, we will see the E-tron Quattro technology on Audi road cars.

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Andrew Kirkley
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  • 23rd May 2012

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