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Audi R18 e-tron quattro 2014 Review

Audi has unveiled the 2014 R18 e-tron quattro which will have its racing debut on April 20, 2014 in the six-hour race at Silverstone.

Due to the new LMP1 regulations that will come into effect in 2014, Audi Sport factually redeveloped every single component. The vehicle comes with a V6 TDI mid-engine that powers the rear wheels and an e-tron quattro hybrid system at the front axle (ERS-K – Energy Recovery System Kinetic, a system to store kinetic energy).

Audi Sport has optimized the flywheel energy storage system and worked on the hybrid system with an electric turbocharger in the internal combustion engine (ERS-H – Energy Recovery System Heat, a system that stores energy converted from heat).

For the first time, wheel tethers are prescribed. They connect the outer assemblies of the front wheel suspensions with the monocoque and the ones of the rear suspensions with the chassis structure. Another new feature is a CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) structure behind the transmission – the so-called ‘crasher’ – which absorbs energy in a collision.

The updated R18 e-tron quattro will participate at the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 14/15, 2014.

Audi R18 e-tron quattro 2014


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