[VIDEO] Audi R18 e-tron Quattro gets a first drive image

Audi has recently released the first official video with the R18 e-tron Quattro, where the race car gets a first drive ahead of Le Mans and Spa-Francorchamps.

After the Motorsport division of the German based automaker has revealed the new Audi R18 e-tron Quattro, the race car is once again placed into the spotlights thanks to this first official video. According to Audi, the R18 e-tron Quattro is actually the first LMP1 racer to incorporate a diesel hybrid powertrain which is sending power to the company’s Quattro all-wheel drive system. The race car is also coming with the kinetic energy recovery braking, similar to Porsche’s KERS, which is sending the electricity back into a flywheel accumulator before making its way to the electric motors. This can be used at speeds under 120 km/h (74 mph).

The V6 TDI diesel engine under the hood of the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro is developing a total output of 510 horsepower, which are being sent to the rear wheels. The racer can’t operate on electricity alone, according to the manufacturer. The Audi R18 e-tron Quattro will make its race debut on the 5th of May, in Belgium at Spa-Francorchamps, at the 6-hour race, than it will go to France at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 16-17.

  • soessex

    Battery type hybrids are poor at saving energy; and, advancements in battery technology are most likely terminally limited. Flywheel technology is here now and power-flow is shock free and as smooth as
    January 3, 2012
    Reference: US Patent 7,931,107 B2

    This recent patent enables the reduction of fuel consumption in motor vehicles by the storage of kinetic energy for reuse. This technology incorporates an infinitely variable transmission (IVT) in the form of an eddy current induction device (called a Modulator) coupled to a gear system to conquer the torque flow management problem caused by infinitely varying bi-directional energy flow between a moving vehicle mass and an associated rotating flywheel mass created by the fact that the respective mass velocities move in an inverse acceleration relationship.

  • soessex

    To continue:
    To illustrate this phenomenon, observe that as kinetic energy passes from the moving vehicle to, and is captured by, the flywheel it is caused to accelerate, however the vehicle is consequently caused to slow; but to function efficiently, the flywheel requires an ever increasing input-speed factor from a source which is ever slowing. This always changing speed dichotomy can only be effectively managed by an infinitely variable transmission, and, other than that offered by the above patent, none have been successful for the subject purpose.

    The technology reflected in this patent involves very few parts, and is therefore economical to manufacture. It is in addition, long lived, requires little maintenance, and is very durable. Importantly, this system is suitable not only for passenger car use, but also for delivery vans, trucks, and buses.

  • soessex

    To continue:
    The conservation of kinetic energy through the use of battery energy-storage technology is exceedingly inefficient while such a mechanical approach is well known to be very high in efficiency. As may be realized, existing battery hybrid technology was developed because it was a way around this, now solved, torque-management problem. As these complicated and costly battery-related electric energy arrangements only avoid, and do not solve this problem, the penalty for this has been the great loss of efficiency as compared to a mechanical storage system such as that proposed by the subject patent.

    Thank you,
    South Essex Engineering