- Jun 8, 2012
Audi flashes us the hybrid R18 e-tron Quattro
That's what viewers of a two-minute, 21-second video Audi recently posted about its R18 e-tron Quattro racecar will be able to discern.
The German automaker, which titled the video "The evolution of racing," included interviews with Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, head of Audi Motorsport, as well as Audi factory drivers Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen, who explained the technology behind the car, which will run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race June 16. Also included are clips of the original Audi Quatrro from the 1980s, and other race and rally cars introduced since then. Check it out right below.
The car made its debut last month at the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. The powertrain includes a turbocharged diesel V6 that powers the rear wheels while a hybrid powertrain moves the front wheels.
Audi has been promoting alternative powertrains with pretty moving pictures, recently posting a video spelling out a pilot project in Colorado involving a handful of drivers testing out a battery-electric version of the A3 hatchback.