Audi’s motorsport division has unveiled a tweaked version of the R18 e-tron quattro racer, which will compete in Le Mans 24 hours next year. The reveal comes only a week after the current World Championship-winning Audi R18 e-tron quattro competed in its last race.
The 2014 racer has had to meet some tough new technical regulations and Audi has stated development work on the car began back in 2012. Testing on the next-gen R18 e-tron quattro is set to begin this week at the Sebring track in Florida.
“We’ve reached a crucial stage in this project,” explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “After building the first prototype, testing on various race tracks is now taking centre-stage. The tests are mainly focused on achieving high mileage, coordinating the highly complex hybrid drive systems and working out an efficiency-optimized total package that has never before been as complex as this one.”
Audi has had huge success at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) winning the manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications in both 2012 and 2013. The outgoing R18 e-tron quattro also triumphed at the 2013 Le Mans 24 hours back in June.
Further details on the next-gen racer will be released later this month.