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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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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Months Ago
      bit of a gay vibe. and it's not green in the slightest. although the use of kers could be a slow infestation of the tar minds that will eventually force them into electric drive. but that vehicle right there is less green than a military hummer towing a dead whale.
        Vimicus
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Bad troll is dumb
          marcopolo
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Vimicus
          @Vimicus " less green than a military hummer towing a dead whale.",... nice use of imagery though....
      Dave D
      • 2 Months Ago
      "bit of a gay vibe"??? HUH? Not sure what that means actually, but it looks pretty damn badass to me. And if it gets better mileage than it's sister car with everything the same, sans hybrid parts, then it's green in my book. If you mean ACTUALLY GREEN, then we need to stop all racing and donate all F1, NASCAR, etc ticket sells to planting trees and protecting the rain forests...and all go live in caves :-) Short of that happening, this is green for today's racing. Now I'm with you for EV racing in the next few years and I'm extremely happy to see their EV sprint races coming up.