Autosport International is underway and there are a number of great cars on show from many different corners of the world and fit for all sorts of purposes. One of the standout cars on show is the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, the car Audi have entered into the 2014 Endurance Series!
At the centre of the 2014 Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro is found a new V6 TDI diesel engine sending power to the rear wheels. The new R18 e-Tron Quattro then utilises two hybrid systems. One of those systems dubbed Energy Recovery System Heat (ERS-H) stores energy converted from heat while the second system is a more traditional KERS system which Audi calls ERS-K. This system stores energy created under braking and the power from these two hybrids is then stored in an improved flywheel energy storage system.
The most important improvement for the 2014 model is that it can achieve lap times similar to those of previous models but use 30 per cent less fuel. When discussing the new car, Head of LMP at Audi Sport Chris Reinke said, “A fundamental approach to motorsport is being abandoned. Instead of power output, energy consumption will be subject to limitations – this is in line with the spirit of our times and opens up great technical freedoms to the engineers.”