Audi R18 e-tron quattro to debut in the U.S. at the 12 Hours of Sebring image

The Audi R18 e-tron quattro contests the 12-hour race at Sebring in the USA for the first time on March 16 and, in doing so, makes the legendary racetrack ‘home of quattro’.

At the same time, it is provisionally the LMP1 sports car’s final appearance in the North American endurance classic. The race at Sebring is staged under special circumstances for Audi: the merger of the two U.S. championships, the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and GRAND-AM, sees new regulations coming into force from 2014.

In the future, no Le Mans Prototypes (LMP) of the top category can compete in this race. As a result, events come full circle for Audi in Florida: in 1999, the brand’s first LMP sports car celebrated its premiere at Sebring – now two LMP1 sports cars with the four rings provisionally contest a race here for the final time.

Audi Sport Team Joest will field two Audi R18 e-tron quattro prototypes. The current World Endurance Champions and Le Mans winners Marcel Fässler (CH) and Benoît Tréluyer (F), who are supported by Oliver Jarvis (GB) at Sebring, drive an R18 from 2012. Lucas di Grassi (BR), Tom Kristensen (DK) and Allan McNish (GB) start in the new R18 e-tron quattro from 2013, which celebrates its race premiere at Sebring.