Audi R18 e-tron quattro livery finalised

25 Mar, 2014 4:00pm George East

Audi gives Le Mans challenger updated colour scheme

Audi has revealed an updated livery on the 2014 version of its FIA World Endurance Championship challenger, the R18 e-tron quattro.

Launched in 2011 as a replacement for Audi's R15 TDi Le Mans prototype, the R18 has taken three LMP1 class victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours between 2011 and 2013.

In 2012, the Audi R18 was driven to the drivers' and manufacturers' titles in the LMP1 category of the FIA World Endurance Championship by the Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler pairing. 

Audi continued its championship winning form into 2013, and once again claimed both FIA WEC titles - this time with Allan McNish, Loic Duval and nine-times Le Mans winner, Tom Kristensen.

In January 2014, Audi launched the 2014 version of the R18 e-tron quattro with a black livery.

However, on March 25 in Le Mans' town centre, Audi again revealed the R18 e-tron quattro - this time with an updated white, black, silver and red paint scheme.

The 2014 e-tron quattro is a development of its championship winning predecessor, and features laser headlamps, a revised electric turbocharger, upgrades to the flywheel accumulator system and an exhaust heat recovery unit.

Audi has also made the latest R18 e-tron quattro five per cent narrower than the 2013 car as a result of a regulation change in the FIA WEC.

Audi continue will continue with with Kristensen, Duval and ex-Formula 1 driver, Lucas di Grassi in the #1 R18 e-tron quattro, while Treluyer, Lotterer and Fassler will drive the sister car.

The first round of the 2014 season kicks FIA WEC season kick off with the 6 Hours of Silverstone on April 20.