A new era of racing at Le Mans is upon us and Audi is leading the field once again through new technology in the form of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro. Audi
has won races around the world utilizing groundbreaking technologies
such as quattro, turbocharged direct injection (TFSI) and turbo diesel
(TDI) engines. Each of these found their way into very successful
production vehicles such as the original quattro, the iconic Audi R8 and
everything from an A3 to an Q7 TDI.
Now it is time for a new
era of racing technology through the R18 e-tron quattro which uses brake
regeneration to power the front wheels while the V6 TDI engine powers
the rear. Watch the Audi Sport team explain the philosophy of
developing technologies for the track that then find their way to the
streets in this video. See the Audi R18 ultra and the R18 e-tron
quattro compete at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race on Saturday,
June 16th/17th 2012.
The Le Mans 24 Hours are a legend. They are mentioned in the same breath
as the Rallye Monte Carlo, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis
500. Since 1923, hundreds of thousands of motorsport enthusiasts have
been flocking to La Sarthe year by year to experience the one-day race.
To watch the protagonists in their sports cars battle for each place and
each meter of tarmac with bated breath. The drivers cover 4,800
kilometers in 24 hours - almost as many as the Formula One racers in a
whole year. Every Le Mans winner has gone down in history. The three
Audi drivers André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer and Marcel Fässler did so
in a special way with the triumph they achieved in 2011. The film TRUTH
IN 24 II documents the tenth and arguably most emotional triumph of the
brand with the four rings at this sports car classic. After two Audi R18
TDI cars have retired following spectacular accidents, the remaining
Audi fights a dramatic battle for overall victory with the three Peugeot
908 cars which the Audi trio ultimately decides in its favor with a
narrow margin of 13 seconds. The film captures the entire drama of the
fourth-narrowest running of the Le Mans 24 Hours with intimate insights
into the team of Audi Sport and breath-taking pictures.