Rumors have surfaced suggesting that Audi is preparing a Le Mans-inspired diesel hybrid supercar that would sit above today’s R8. Insiders have stated to Autocar that the new sports car could be badged Audi R10. The new “R10” is intended to be a road-going mirror to Audi’s Le Mans-winning R18 e-Tron quattro.
The R18 e-Tron quattro used electricity generated from a flywheel system to power one electric motor for each front wheel, improving the car’s performance, when pulling out of corners at speeds above 74mph.
Not a lot is known at this stage, but do expect a carbon fiber monocoque and a diesel no larger than a V8. The experimental R8 V12 diesel from 2008 was never built and only stayed as a concept. Audi sources judged it as ‘too heavy and having too much torque for existing transmissions’.