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Posted: 13 Jun 2014
Audi R18 e-tron quattro
Audi’s dominance at Le Mans hit new heights in 2013 as they recorded the first-ever victory for a hybrid prototype at Le Mans.
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro ushered in a new era of endurance racing, and was the first step towards this year’s new LMP1 regulations.
Besides the diesel engine at the rear, the 2013 R18 e-tron quattro could send 200hp of electric energy to the front axle, energy recovered when braking. That made it momentarily four-wheel-drive and incredibly good at sticking its power down out of corners. Which is helpful at Le Mans
Piloted by ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen, the R18 saw the extend his own record for 24 Hours of Le Mans driver victories with a ninth win.
Can he and Audi do it again this year? We’ll find out on Sunday…