Audi R18 e-tron quattro

The R18 was an LMP1 car that debuted way back in 2011. It was a game changer. The car I am going to talk about is the hybrid one. It was the dawn of a new era back in 2013, with the Endurance racers going hybrid. Manufacturers all went back to the drawing board. Debuted in 2013 it went on to win the 2013 WEC Championship. More importantly, it won the LeMans Race. And the year after that.

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The LeMans is one of the many races that occur under the World Endurance Championship. If you are into racing, you probably know just how big a deal LeMans is. It is quite possibly the greatest race in the world, battled out in the greatest race track, by the very best of the best. 

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The Hybrid R18 was powered by a diesel engine. Oh god! What an engine that was! The combustion unit was assisted by a Motor Generator Unit developed by BOSCH, and the hybrid system, developed in close relations with Williams.  The car had all sorts of trick up its sleeve. Some of my favorite facts were about the engine fuel pressure, that could go all the way up to 35000bar. That means the fuel is split into really, really small droplets. Also, the Energy recovery system was a carbon flywheel based one, spinning the thing in vacuum up to 40000rpm. 
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The headlights used in the Audi R18 was so fast that they were guided by Satellite. By winning the LeMans race, Audi had also sealed its reliability factor. You see, a LeMans race is in excess of 5000 km covered in 24 hours. To put that into context, that is the distance covered by a Formula1 car in a season. IKR! It is one hell of a machine. 

It also had all the usual sparkles, that is updated aerodynamics and an extreme efficiency.

The name, R18 was used by Audi,  right up to the end of the 2016 WEC championship when Audi pulled out. But that’s a story for another day. See you soon, Audi. 
I will include a few shots of the 2015 and the 2016 Audi here as well. For your viewing pleasure, that is.

The 2015 Audi:

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The 2016 Audi:

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We were not happy about their departure. No one was. Screw the Diesel-Gate Scam. Let us just hope that they return to fight another day.
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