• Mar 13th 2007 at 1:56PM
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Click on the photo for a high-res gallery of the 2007 Audi R10 TDi

See that? It's the rear end of a 2007 Audi R10 diesel-powered ALMS racer. The 2007 American LeMans Series kicks off this weekend with the storied Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, and judging from the first day of test sessions on Monday, this view will become quite familiar to the rest of the field.

During the first day of test sessions yesterday, one of Audi's new drivers, Tom Kristensen, beat his teammate's record setting qualifying lap from last year by a full 0.7 seconds, while fellow teammate Emanuele Pirro was just behind and almost a second ahead of the fastest LMP2 Porsche of Andy Wallace.

Last year, Audi's pair of diesel-powered R10s were unbeatable, reaching the highest platform of the podium in each one of the eight races the cars contested, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the only race of the eight not part of the ALMS Series.

[Source: American LeMans Series]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      "New driver"???

      Tom Kristensen has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans 7 times, 5 times in an Audi. He is Audi's top driver in DTM. Hell, he's won Sebring 3 times in an Audi!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I belive my next car will be a diesel sports car, most likely made by Audi. These guys are revolutionizing the whole diesel performance engines.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the new paint job. Continued improvements will make sure that the rest of the field sees the rear.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Audi has destroyed competitive prototype sportscar racing in America, if not the world. I consider myself a racing fan, and yes, I do watch all the damn races anyway, but only to see the P2, as they provide the only good competition, and even they are inconsistent. Remember Nissan, Jaguar, Toyota, Mazda, and the odd old Porsche battling it out in the old IMSA? The sight of 5 cars squeezing into space for 3 at the end of the backstretch at Portland International is one of the great racing memories of my life. Hell, I remember Dorsey Schroeder and Robby Gordon signing autographs in downtown Portland, complete with traveling a/v show. Why has the $$$ dried up for this type of racing? It was once a grand spectacle, the equal of CART, at PIR anyway, in the early 90's, a technological and auditory tour-de-force. I go every year, hoping my $50 will somehow bring it back again.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I drive a 2005 Passat GLS Wagon TDI every day to work and thoroughly enjoy the ride. For those of you contemplating buying diesel - DO IT! You'll never regret it. My car climbs the Franklin Mtn pass every day without slowing down and all conventional preconceptions about diesels should pass once you experience the TDI Power!
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