• Mar 10, 2012
As Audi shows off the new R18 e-tron Quattro, it's proving that history can be fun. In a new video, the automaker traces the origins of its 2012 Le Mans entrant back to the original Quattro that abused the space-time continuum in Group B rallying.

This isn't exactly the true return of Quattro, however, since four-wheel drive isn't allowed in LMP1. However, according to Le Mans rules you can have "500kJ (approximately 70bhp) of stored energy to be transferred to the wheels between two braking 'events at speeds above 120km/h (75mph)."

That's where the R18 e-tron's regenerative braking steps up, its flywheel unleashing stored energy at the front axle. Check it out in the video after the jump.



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      xcatchmyshadowx
      • 2 Years Ago
      i wished that every single sunday morning would start with such an epic video, just wow!
      Erik
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing car, disturbingly quiet, and sure to win Le Mans this year, barring mechanical issues or crashes. Great video! I suppose this means all Le Mans contenders will be all-wheel drive next year. Should be interesting!
        Jonathan Arena
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Erik
        But "barring mechanical issues" is everything at Le Mans... I'm sure there are a lot of other brands that would be a lot faster if they were capible of building something that could withstand 24 hours of punishment at those speeds.
      James Coulee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wonderfully devilish looks :) love it
      • 2 Years Ago
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      i3MEDIA
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hi, thought this latest release from Michelin may be of interest off the back of this. From track to street: Audi drivers and engineers explain the importance of tyres All car drivers are aware that they are black, round and keep their expensive alloy wheels off the ground but not many appreciate the benefits of choosing the right tyres for their car and style of driving. Michelin has interviewed some of the team’s drivers and race engineers to find out why they choose to fit Michelin tyres and why they feel fitting the correct tyres is important from a racing and road car point of view. And no, it’s not because the tyres are supplied free of charge as race teams pay like anyone else. Unlike Formula 1, endurance racing tyres are closely linked, in terms of size and performance characteristics, to those used on high performance road cars. Endurance racing calls for tyres that will last as long as possible while offering high levels of grip in various conditions from their first lap to their last. As a result, in last year’s Le Mans 24 hour race, the No.2 Audi R18 TDI managed to race for 750kms on one set of tyres, and at speeds of up to 330km/h with three Peugeots in hot pursuit. In 2012 Audi will field two R18 e-tron quattro’s and two R18 ultra prototypes at Le Mans – all shod with Michelin tyres. The two hybrid cars will be driven by last year’s Le Mans winning trio of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer, and Benoît Tréluyer with Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen, and Allan McNish in the other car. The R18 Ultra will see Loïc Duval joined by Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas with the other R18 Ultra driven by Marco Bonanomi, Oliver Jarvis and Mike Rockenfeller. In the video, drivers Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen, and race engineer Howden Haynes share their views and experiences of tyres and talk about how innovation in motorsport benefits drivers with better cars and tyres. Video Links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82W_ROmr1JA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-9OuXwR3Oo For all the latest news on the Le Mans 24 Hours please visit http://www.mymichelin.co.uk/race-series/24-Hours-of-Le-Mans
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Carzzz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Best promo vid I have seen in a while. gets you going like the first 20 minutes of daysof thunder. toyota needs to do this for their upcoming lemans efforts and one up audi. why? because audi annoys me, and I am partial to Japanese girs?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Primoz
      • 2 Years Ago
      "However, according to Le Mans rules you can have "500kJ (approximately 70bhp)" Wow, didn't know energy and power were the same thing... On that basis, distance, speed and acceleration are all the same as well!! :D
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      wait...since when are Joules and HP the same unit of measure?
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