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Audi R18 e-tron Quattro Wins at Le Mans

Audi R18 e-tron Quattro Wins at Le Mans

After a weekend full of drama the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro won the 2013 Le Mans 24 hour race, its second consecutive win having won the 2012 Le Mans.

This win also signified Audi’s twelfth vicory at the Le Mans from its entry in 1999. The victory was clinched by the number ‘2’ Audi R18 e-tron Quattro driven by Loïc Duval (France), Tom Kristensen (Denmark) and Allan McNish (Scotland).

The victorious Audi R18 e-tron quattro started on pole position and ran for 24 hours without the slightest technical problem. Duval/Kristensen/McNish took the lead at 21:43 on Saturday night and would not relinquish it anymore up to triumphantly crossing the finish line at 15:00 on Sunday,

As mentioned this year’s Le Mans was filled with rain showers which came and went and which ultimately led to a number of incidents. As a consequence a total of eleven safety cars were deployed during the race.

The biggest incident was the fatal accident that occurred in the GT class that occurred shortly after the race started. The accident resulted in the death of Alan Simonsen.

As a number of teams rightly mentioned, the 90th anniversary of the Le Mans 24 Hours was overshadowed by this news. Aston Martin CEO, Dr Bez had this to say about the incident

“The tragedy in the opening hours of the race overshadowed the great performance of the Aston Martin Racing team.  I am proud of everybody for demonstrating great speed, professionalism and competitiveness right up to the end of 24th hour. This achievement is a truly fitting tribute to Allan Simonsen.”

Not to be forgotten is Toyota with their TS030. Toyota Racing achieved an emotional runners-up finish in the Le Mans 24 Hours after a rollercoaster race which saw drivers and team overcome immense challenges.

The number ‘8’ TS030 HYBRID of Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin finished second while the  number ‘7’ of Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima completed fourth.

To be commended was the quick repair of the number ‘7’ Toyota TS030 hybrid which was damaged when it slid off the track with just over an hour to go. Nicolas Lapierre was able to drive the car back to the pits and the crew was able to repair the heavily damaged front body work and suspension within 30 minutes.

We ultimately would like to congratulate Audi for their achievements in this year’s Le Mans 24Hour race as well as all the competitors who managed to complete the race.

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Historic Win for Audi R18 e-tron at Le Mans

Historic Win for Audi R18 e-tron at Le Mans

Audi this past weekend finished first, second, third and fifth position at the Le Mans 24 Hours. What makes it a historic win was Audi’s first and second place wins with the Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid race car. This makes Audi the first manufacturer to win the Le Mans with a hybrid vehicle.

The first place Audi R18 e-tron quattro was driven by Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer, and Benoît Tréluyer whilst the second place car was driven by Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish.

This is not the first time Audi has one the Le Mans on the first try using new technology. In 2001 Audi won the Le Mans with a turbocharged petrol engine (TFSI) and in 2006 with a diesel engine (TDI).

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “This is no doubt a historic victory for Audi. We were the first to win Le Mans with a direct-injection turbo gasoline engine and the first to be successful with a diesel engine. It’s a great result that Audi is now the first brand to have achieved victory with a hybrid vehicle – and right on the first run, as before with the two other technologies, and – what’s more – with both R18 e-tron quattro cars on the two top spots.”

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Audi A6 L e-tron

Audi A6 L e-tron

Audi unveiled its first e-tron luxury model, the A6 L e-tron concept at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show.

The A6 L e-tron is capable of an 80km pure electric range at a 60 kph constant speed, and was specifically designed to meet Chinese market needs.

The technology study is a parallel hybrid. It brings together a 2.0 TFSI that outputs 155 kW (211 hp) and an electric motor with 70 kW (95 hp) peak power.

The styling of the A6 L e-tron concept is different from the production version of the A6 L. The front features a single frame grille with slender cross bars and nearly covered air intakes. The A6 L e-tron is shod with 21 inch e-tron design rims and a bespoke rear diffuser.

In the interior of the A6 L e-tron, the controls are intuitive and the tachometer gives way for the powermeter. Meanwhile, the energy flow indicator tells the driver the current operating mode and which hybrid drive components are currently active. It can be called up from the driver information system or MMI monitor.

The Audi A6 L is said to be Audi’s best selling model in China and is produced locally at the Changchun plant in a joint venture with FAW.

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Audi developing e-sound for e-tron models

Audi developing e-sound for e-tron models

 Audi is currently developing new sound signatures for its e-tron models. To a large extent this is governed by the need to provide audible warnings so that pedestrians and cyclists will be able to hear the near-silent EVs. According to Dr. Ralf Kunkel, Head of Acoustics at Audi, “We’ll probably have to ensure audible alerts only up to 30 km/h; above that speed, the tires generate enough noise.”

Having said that Audi aims to ensure each future Audi e-tron model will have a similar and at the same time unique synthetic sound signature.

Input for the cars e-sound will be based on data relating to the electric motor’s rotational speed, vehicle speed, loads, and other parameters continuously supplied by the vehicle to the control unit. This sound will then be broadcast from a loudspeaker attached to the car’s undercarriage. A fraction of that sound signature will also enter the vehicle’s interior via airborne and structure-borne sound waves, helping enhance the unique experience of electric driving.

The Audi R8 e-tron will be first in the e-tron range to sport the new synthetic e-sound.  According to Audi, the Audi R8 e-tron certainly sounds like a sports car, but also one-of-a-kind and very futuristic.

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