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.