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Posted: 13 Jun 2014
Audi began a decade and a half of dominance at Le Mans in 2000 with this R8. To date, the firm has won all but two races in the new century. No other automobile manufacturer shaped the sports-prototype scene in the last decade like Audi.
The R8 was powered by a 3,600cc twin-turbo V8 petrol engine and made 610bhp. But it wasn’t a winner from the off: when Audi tackled Le Mans for the first time in 1999, they could only scramble third and fourth at La Sarthe.
The next year the domination began. In 2000, Audi ended with a one-two-three victory, followed by a one-two the year after. A one-two-three victory after that. And a first, third and fourth places the year after that. You get the picture.