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Audi R18 testing at Sebring – Click above to watch the video after the jump

The Audi R18 LMP1 enclosed prototype endured four days of rigorous testing at Sebring last week. Audi engineers used their time at the famed facility to test aerodynamics, fuel economy and reliability, using the R15 as a control.

You won't be able to see the R18 compete until the six-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps on May 7th, but luckily you won't have to wait that long to see the diesel-powered race car on the track.

Hit the jump to watch a two-minute clip of the R18 as it takes to Sebring like a duck takes to water. A second post-jump video is an interview with Audi Motorsport chief, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. The good doctor gives tells us about the R18, including how the 3.7-liter V6 diesel is all-new – a necessary step taken by Audi to conform to the sport's ever-changing rules. Next, Ullrich Baretzky, Head of Engine Development at Audi Sport, tells us that if Darth Vader had a car, "this would be his." We don't know about that, but dark side is definitely strong with the R18. Hat tip to Earwole1!


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      • 3 Years Ago
      QuattroWorld.com rocks... Among my "daily" pit stops. The R18 is amazing and is going to kick some Peugeot arse!
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's now Ullrich Baretzky in the second half of the interview. It's Howden Haynes.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that thing is impressive. The sensation of speed really comes through when you see it go through the corners. I cannot wait for Le Mans.
      • 3 Years Ago
      All this talk about their production cars benefiting from racing technology... OK, somebody at Audi, prove it! Please, please put a version of this engine in an R8!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sounds like the R10 ... oh wait ... am I the only one who wishes Audi hadn't named the production car "R8"?
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL! I love the way you can hear a Ferrari being started at the 2:00 mark and when it's revved hard even the Audi engineer has to look over to see what sounds so great.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Totally Darth Vader--perfectly apt description. Bad. Ass.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a stunning car.

      I remember watching the Jetta TDI cup at VIR three years ago. Granted, they were running relatively small engines, but all I could hear were the tires. Extremely quiet.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm always amazed at how quiet the diesel racers are, especially when compared to some of the GT cars that run at the same time. It's almost like they are electric.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As soon as it took if I knew I was in for a treat. What a distinct sound!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great way to start the morning.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it possible this thing employs start-stop technology to save gas in pit stops? It surprised me that the car didn't even start up until immediately before the driver pulled out of the pits.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Shutting down during pit stops (might just be refueling) and then restarting is manually done, and is mandatory.

        However, there's been rumors that Audi might do a KERS system. Interesting that the camera angle was careful to not show the front wheels very well when it was launching (to see if there was any wheelspin.) And, on the KERS systems, the cars are required to be able to go the length of pit lane on purely electric power, either from battery or flywheel storage. So, that could change how cars leave the pit - get out from pit lane on KERS, while starting the engine. However, that strategy could screw you over if the engine doesn't start...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope to do exactly this to earn my paycheck someday.
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