Over the past two years, Audi
as well as Peugeot
have proven conclusively that diesel-powered race cars have all the performance needed to win on the track. However, following the Laguna Seca finale
for the 2007 American Le Mans
Series, the future of Audi's LMP1 cars is cloudy. The company has yet to announce its 2008 racing plans and ALMS officials have gradually chipped away at Audi's advantage so that the LMP2 cars now regularly beat the R10. Further rule changes are on the horizon, as Le Mans organizers the ACO will be changing the rules again in 2010 and require enclosed cars. Over at Fourtitude, they have some renderings of what a new Audi LMP might look like that adheres to the new enclosed-car rule. The proposal incorporates some design elements from the road going R8
, including the road car's polarizing aluminum side scoops. Whether any of those aesthetic touches would make it to a racecar is doubtful, so we'll just have to wait and see where the Ingolstadt team ultimately decides to go with its winning ways in motorsport
Click on the Read link to view more renderings over at Fourtitude.