Video: 2014 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro Hits Streets of Le Mans

Just recently, the 2014 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro made its public debut in its racing livery on the city streets in Le Mans.


Now an awesome video showing the highlights from the very special and unique outing have been revealed with some on board footage also being included with well-known racer Tom Kristensen behind the wheel!

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.

While the car may look identical to last year’s model, the 2014 Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro is actually 100 mm narrower and 20 mm higher. When you combine these increased dimensions with a larger cockpit, the result is slightly less downforce when compared to the previous R18 e-Tron Quattro.

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.”

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