TG meets the mighty Audi R18 e-tron
Up close in testing with this year’s Le Mans pretender
Posted: 11 Jun 2014
Nine-time Le Mans champ, Tom Kristensen, wandered over to explain exactly how to become a Le Mans hyper-miler. And who better?
“There are three main ways to be efficient,” says the Great Dane.
“First, you could run a lower fuel mix and engine programme. This means you’re down on power, so you’ll need to be aware in traffic and react differently.
“The second option is to run more power, but coast into corners. With coasting, you have to force your brain to lift off the throttle. But don’t think it’s relaxing. You’re straight on the brakes as hard as you can as you need to get the maximum recovery into the hybrid system to gain what you give away.
“And third, you must be smooth with the throttle and maximize grip, aero and momentum in corners.”
Tom added that these aspects are the absolute opposite of flat-out racing. He’s expecting more pressure as a driver than ever, as he’ll never be able to find a consistent zone or rhythm around the 8.5 mile Le Mans circuit. And this is coming from the most-decorated Le Mans champ in history. We pity the rookies.