- Audi’s new LMP1 sports car is being tested
- Further details to come before the end of December
- Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Ullrich: “Crucial stage has been reached”
Ingolstadt/Sebring, December 9, 2013: Only a week after the World Championship winning Audi R18 e-tron quattro race car’s last run in a race, its successor is ready to hit the track. Tests of the new LMP1 sports car, which has been kept under wraps up to now, commence this week in Sebring (Florida).
Audi Sport in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm has developed a fundamentally new Le Mans prototype that conforms to the 2014 Technical Regulations and is designed for maximum efficiency. The development started in 2012. The roll-out took place in the early fall of 2013. The next-generation Audi R18 e-tron quattro is being tested on the race track where all new Le Mans prototypes of the Audi brand have had to prove their worth: at Sebring.
“We’ve reached a crucial stage in this project,” explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “After building the first prototype, testing on various race tracks is now taking centre stage. The tests are mainly focused on achieving high mileage, coordinating the highly complex hybrid drive systems and working out an efficiency-optimised total package that has never before been as complex as this one.”
Before the end of December, Audi will present the next generation of its hybrid sports car and announce further details.
Audi has won the manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) for the second time in succession and the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 12th time this year.