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  • Mar 2nd 2012 at 2:45PM
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The top class of endurance racing like what we see at Le Mans tends to follow trends. Open cockpits gave way to closed ones in LMP1 racers, but while diesel engines continue to dominate, we're now entering the age of hybrid prototypes.

Peugeot was said to be working on just such a powertrain for its 908 before suddenly shut down its program. Toyota is still developing its own version for the TS030 Hybrid. And now Audi has announced its title defender, the new R18 e-tron Quattro.

Unveiled yesterday, the R18 e-tron Quattro takes the same form as the conventionally powered R18 Ultra, but with one important difference: its TDI diesel engine is assisted by a regenerative braking system that gives it not only hybrid power but (through-the-road) all-wheel drive. Now we've got our first video clip of the hybrid prototype from its track tests and press conference unveiling, which you can see for yourself after the jump.



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      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dunno. Long ways from quattro. The diagram shows electric only to front wheels, no connection to the rears.
        bhtooefr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        But the diesel drives the rear wheels. This is the closest that the regulations let Audi get to quattro, and the hybrid system is actually somewhat gimped in FWD applications (like this one) specifically to prevent Audi from abusing it.
        RS4AWLEY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        You'r not actually allowed AWD in this class, so this is the closest they can come to quattro
      • 3 Years Ago
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      RS4AWLEY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who can stop Audi now?
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the next question is: Will we get to see this televised? Or are we going to have to watch it on the internet again? Why can't Discovery sign with them and put it on Velocity?
        bhtooefr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        Might be at Petit Le Mans, and that would likely be on Speed...