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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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