After completing a remarkable rookie season with tons of new hardware for the trophy case back in Ingolstadt, the Audi Sport team better make room for at least two more items. British specialist magazine Race Engine Technology just awarded the Audi R10's 650-hp V12 TDI engine its "Race Engine of the Year 2006" and "Alternative Race Engine of the Year" awards.

Hard to argue with that choice as the TDI simply dominated the competition from the drop of the flag at the 12 Hours of Sebring back in March. And they didn't let up, finishing unbeaten (though not perfect) for the season. 8 for 8 is pretty impressive for a revolutionary diesel racing powerplant.

Kudos to Audi and to Ulrich Baretzky, Audi Sport's Head of Engine Technology who accepted the "Race Engine of the Year" trophies for Audi and who picked up one of his own for the "Design Engineer of the Year 2006" at the awards ceremony during the recent Professional MotorSport World Expo in Cologne.

[Source: Audi]

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