• Mar 5, 2009
Audi R15 - Click above to enlarge

Audi had previously announced it was pulling out of the upcoming American Le Mans Season altogether save for the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring later this month, but new reports say the German automaker has reconsidered and added the Petit Le Mans at Road America in September and the season finale race at Laguna Seca in October. This means the company's new diesel-powered Le Mans racer, the R15, will touch rubber to racing surface three times in the U.S. this year rather than just one. Audi will also race a pair of R15s in the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, which gives the R15 four chances around the globe to fill the very large shoes of its predecessors, the R8 and R10, which have both largely dominated the LMP1 class in Le Mans racing since 2000.

[Source: Bleacher Report]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank goodness! I'm too poor to blow a week in Sebring just to see the R15 but I've been going to Laguna Seca (only 3 hours away) since 2007, I'm glad to hear that they'll be there after running in PLM at Road ATLANTA. I hope Pug makes it out too.

      Those headlights are real, the accent lights are LED, the main lamp looks like halogen, but I don't know about the surround. There isn't a good shot of the front end with the lights off so it's hard to tell. Check planetlemans.com for the high-res shot (3840x2560) you can clearly see the LEDs on the running lights and evidence of a fluted (faceted?) parabolic reflector on the main (or highbeam) circular element. It's the bright stuff in between that I can't quite figure out... multiple bulbs and reflectors probably.
        • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        They still look like stickers to me in that shot. It's not like you can't take a picture of a fluted parabolic reflector. I mean, you're looking at a picture of the car! And then trying to say that what you see in it can't be a picture because a picture couldn't look like that?

        I guess we'll know more next time the car is spotted.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just wondering.... does anyone know why they call it the R15? Assuming that they use similar tech on thier road going cars, isn't that what racing is for nowadays???, the R8 cleared the way for street R8, there is no R10, but a V10 R8 for the streets, so is there some sort of super engine devlopment that woudl give the power of a V15 powered car like a 4 turbo V10 or 4 tubo V12 in an R8 street car? Where do they come up with these monikors as there is no R11, R12 etc.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Audi Le Mans cars have next to nothing to do directly with street cars....There is no such thing as a V15 motor, that's an odd number. V configuration motors have an even number of cylinders. I think you're drawing totally invalid comparisons.
        • 5 Years Ago
        FYI - The R10 has 12 cylinders, not 10.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not neccesarily an even number. VW actually had a V5 engine in production a few years back.
        • 5 Years Ago
        nah its got 3 X 5 cylenders...
      • 5 Years Ago
      They are real head lights. They use them in traffic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ok so which race are they back for, Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta or the Generac 500 at Road America?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanx Autoblog.....but the Petit Le Mans is held at ROAD ATLANTA!

      I would know, i work there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^^^ prob would only have to refuel once. ha!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm very glad to hear that Audi will run the Petite Le Mans. Hopefully that means that Peugeot will also return this year to compete.

        Went to my first Petite last year and had an absolute blast. Can't wait to go back this year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        look they're only like a 1000 miles apart in an R15 it would take like 5 hours max
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh come on... come to Mosport... PLEASE
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad to hear it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      YESSSSSSSS!!!! I was hoping for this so bad. Now where is Peugeot !?
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