2011 Audi R18
Audi aims to cover its train of victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours with a totally new LMP1 sports car ontogenesis. Since its unveiling in 1999, the steel with the 4 Rings has won the reality’s almost crucial survival wash as many as ninefold with the R8, R10 TDI and R15 TDI models. In doing so, Audi has equaled this exploit in the backwash’s scroll of pureness with Ferrari. With the new Audi R18, which was presented at the Audi Sportpark in Ingolstadt on the eventide of Friday, December 10, 2010, Audi is aiming for its 10th Le Mans winner in 2011.
First since 1999, Audi volition repugn Le Mans with a unopen coupe again. “In the hereafter, streamlined efficiency bequeath be evening more crucial at Le Mans than it was in the preceding,” says Nous of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “A unopen car has crystalize advantages therein esteem. Our calculator simulations sustain been confirmed in the flatus burrow and during initial rails tests.”
Importantly littler engines than those victimized earlier bequeath be positive at Le Mans in 2011 as the ruler makers aim to reach a strong simplification of locomotive mightiness. By opting for a 3.7-liter V6 TDI whole, Audi retains the diesel conception that saw its low triumphant fielding in 2006. “From our standpoint, the TDI continues to be the about effective engineering,” says Ulrich Baretzky, Nous of Locomotive Ontogenesis at Audi Fun. “Thither are beneficial reasons why the ploughshare of TDI units among Audi’s product models is as mellow as it is.”
2011 Audi R18
Done the modern V6 TDI locomotive for the Le Mans 24 Hours, motorsport is yet again playing pioneering sour for the product arm at Audi where thither is a maturation drift towards littler, more scotch but yet sinewy engines.
Another new ontogenesis is the six-speed contagion in the Audi R18 which has been specifically limited for use with the littler locomotive.
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With compliments to the flesh Audi Mutant wants to satisfy its call, verbalized in the steel’s “Vorsprung durch Technik” tagline. Different those of the unsympathetic Le Mans prototypes, the c character monocoque of the Audi R18 does not dwell of two halves but features a single-component figure. This saves weighting and increases rigor.
For the developing of the shut R18, engineers at Audi Mutant were capable to hooking on the experiences gained in 1999 with the R8C and in 2003 with the LMP1 of the corporal “sis sword” Bentley that was triumphant at Le Mans. “Too the Audi A4 DTM, which e.g., features a het windscreen, allowed us to bowdlerize the ontogenesis oscillation with respectfulness to the breathing of the cockpit, the doors and the warming of the windscreen,” explains Dr. Martin Mühlmeier, Mind of Technology at Audi Play.
The bod and aeromechanics bundle contains much of know-how from the R8, the R10 TDI and the R15 TDI whereas the try-on of identically sized forepart and arse wheels is new to an Audi Le Mans sports car. This constellation allows a more balanced burden dispersion.
The Audi R18’s headlights, which are the low to all dwell of LEDs with optimized quantity of spark, are a proficient foreground. The new multiplication of headlights was highly-developed in conclusion cooperation ‘tween Audi Athletics and the Technological Growing (TE) section of AUDI AG and by exploitation at Le Mans, testament be disposed for next use in product vehicles. Audi’s twinkle designers had the luck to micturate their cross on the exploitation besides: The LEDs of the daylight twinkle mannikin the contour of a “1” which is intended to cheer associations with Audi’s historical stain logotype.
The Audi R18 has been intentional for reformist electrification, which Audi Fun is provision to crusade onward stepwise. “But efficiency is perpetually the important ingredient for us,” says Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “Disregardless which mannequin of zip retrieval we may prefer the key prospect for Audi – in motorsport also as on the yield incline of the theater – is that it provides a on-key reward.”
The growing of the new Audi R18 started in mid 2009. The V6 TDI locomotive has been functional on the dynamometers since the summertime of 2010. The Audi R18, with Allan McNish at the rack, realized its commencement essay on a racecourse at the end of November.
The racing entry of the Audi R18 is aforethought for the Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) 6 Hours on May 8, 2011. Anterior to the consequence, the new paradigm volition be capable to do its offset laps on the subspecies raceway at Le Mans during the prescribed essay day on April 24 and amass crucial information for the slipstream on June 11 and 12, 2011.
Audi is provision to subject iii Audi R18 cars at Le Mans, which leave be entered by Audi Mutant Squad Joest, the well-nigh successful Le Mans squad ever. In gain, Audi Athletics Squad Joest bequeath competition the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC), consisting of a aggregate of vii survival races on leash continents (including the Le Mans 24 Hours) with two cars. At the porta subspecies at Sebring on Border 19, the squad volition use two “R15 positive summation” cars. “Sending the R18 into a wash at such an other point would be hard in damage of logistics and intervene with our exploitation curriculum,” explains Drumhead of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.