Home » News » Audi » Audi R18 completes testing at Sebring

Audi has successfully tested their new LMP1 car, the Audi R18 at the Sunshine State's Sebring track on Sunday as part of their motorsport division preparation for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours race.

In fact the automaker has tested two Audi R18 cars and one Audi R15 TDI, with all of the nine factory drivers taking turns, and driving each of the tree sports cars. 

The Audi R18 features a closed canopy and is powered by a 3.7-litre TDI V6 that spins the wheels via a six-speed transmission. Due to its carbon fiber monocoque chassis, the Audi R18 is expected to be stiffer and weight less than the previous generation Le Mans racer.

Audi press release :

• Two new Audi R18 cars used in tests at Sebring (USA)

• Preparation for the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours

• All nine “factory” drivers shared the test tasks

Ingolstadt, January 31 – Four and a half months before the Le Mans 24 Hours, preparations for the endurance classic are in full swing at Audi. Two new Audi R18 cars and one Audi R15 TDI were used in tests at Sebring (U.S. state of Florida).



The programme planned for the tradition-steeped American circuit specified endurance runs for one of the completely re-developed LMP1 sports cars while the second Audi R18 was primarily used for development work. The Audi R15 “plus plus” that will be fielded at the 12-hour race at Sebring – the season opener of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) – completed a long run as well. In addition, the basic setup for the race in March was worked out on the vehicle.

During the tests, which ended on Saturday, the nine Audi “factory” drivers took turns at the wheel so that all of them had the opportunity to drive each of the three sports cars.

“We’re very pleased with the performance of the Audi R18 at our first outing at Sebring,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “We opted for this race track because it makes high demands on the mechanical systems of our vehicles. The temperatures are better than in Europe right now, plus the dry weather provides us with assurance that we’re able to conduct the endurance runs as

planned. On a wet track the loads would be lower and the test results therefore less conclusive.”

Related Articles

Leave a Comment

Fields marked with * are required
Name *:
Email *:
Comment *:
Code *:
  CAPTCHA
  • Email
  • YouTube
  • RSS
  • Twitter
  • facebook
  • feedburner

Related Specs

  1. 1985 Audi Sport Quattro S1

    Engine: Turbocharged Inline-4, Power: 335.6 kw / 444 bhp @ 7500 rpm, Torque: 479.96 nm / 354 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm
  2. 2008 Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro Concept

    Engine: Inline-4, Power: 167 kw / 224 bhp, Torque: 450 nm / 331.9 ft lbs
  3. 2008 Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept

    Engine: V12 TDI, Power: 372.9 kw / 500 bhp, Torque: 1000 nm / 737.6 ft lbs
  4. 2006 Audi R10

    Engine: Stressed Aluminum V12 Diesel w/Mahle Forged Pistons, Power: 484.7 kw / 650 bhp, Torque: 1100 nm / 811.3 ft lbs
  5. 1980 Audi Quattro

    Engine: Type WR Inline-5, Power: 149.1 kw / 200 bhp @ 5800 rpm, Torque: 288.79 nm / 213 ft lbs @ 3500 rpm

New Vehicles

New generation Audi A7 will be unveiled on October 19New generation Audi A7 will be unveiled on October 19
Audi has published the first teaser picture of the upcoming A7 model. The new 5-door coupe model will be officially unveiled on October 19 during a special ...

Concept Cars

2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept revealed2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept revealed
If you are producing a pick-up, then you have to create all kind of accessories that will make the truck be usable also in winter season. GMC understood ...

Custom Cars

McLaren Satin Black Gold created by MSOMcLaren Satin Black Gold created by MSO
McLaren tries to attract more clients from the Orient, so it decided to make a good impression at this year Dubai Motor Show. A unique McLaren 720S supercar ...

Future Cars

Volkswagen I.D. Buzz confirmed for productionVolkswagen I.D. Buzz confirmed for production
Volkswagen is decided to be one of the leaders in reducing its emissions in the future years. After the Dieselgate scandal, this is the right thing to ...

Market News

Lamborghini Huracan and Aventador reach new milestonesLamborghini Huracan and Aventador reach new milestones
The Gallardo was Lamborghini's most succesful model yet, with sales surpassing 14.000 units in ten years of production. The record is set to be broken ...

Gadgets

Volvo to provide autonomous cars to UberVolvo to provide autonomous cars to Uber
We are getting closer to the moment when taxi's will no longer be driven by humans. The taxi companies will use autonomous vehicles for clients. Uber ...

Various News

Opel Crossland X is now available with factory-fitted LPGOpel Crossland X is now available with factory-fitted LPG
Opel has decided to put an interesting powertrain under the hood of the Crossland X. The model can be ordered with a factory-fitted LPG. Under the hood ...

Motorsports

Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 - official pictures and detailsVolkswagen Polo GTI R5 - official pictures and details
Volkswagen has officially unveiled the 2018 Polo GTI R5. The new model is designed to compete in the WRC2 and national and regional rally championships. ...

Videos

BMW 8 Series Concept has a breathtaking promoBMW 8 Series Concept has a breathtaking promo
BMW has published the first promo video for the new BMW 8 Series Concept. The prototype was showcased durnig the Concorso d'Eleganta Villa d'Este and ...