30 Nov '15, 3pm

Audi's R18 TDI-hybrid Racer May Be a Defeat Device - Against Competitors, That Is

With the VW Group’s diesel scandal yet making news, this does not mean TDI tech is being abandoned, but in the world of racing it may yet reign supreme. That said, many people will still sniff when they catch wind of a new Audi TDI, but this turbo-diesel-hybrid R18 comes with a big exemption clause. Audi’s newest screamer need not worry about EU and U.S. road emission rules, because this vehicle is a closed course LMP1 weapon of choice where emissions, while not utterly ignored, do take a back seat to speed. The R18 is set to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours and FIA World Endurance Championship and is not designed to cheat, but to beat other LMP1 race cars. The TDI hybrid uses li-ion batteries and two of the R18s will to be driven by Audi Sport Team Joest will run at the UK’s Silverstone on April 17. Audi said “in the interest of maximum cost efficiency, Audi and its Group ...

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