2016 World Endurance: Audi R18 2016 new rival for Porsche

The Audi R18 e-tron quattro 2016 is the new commitment with the team World Endurance Porsche aims to beat defending champions WEC.

Audi R18 e-tron quattro 2016

Audi R18 e-tron quattro 2016

Audi R18 e-tron quattro 2016

Audi R18 e-tron quattro 2016

He Audi R18 It is facing renewed 2016 Endurance World, a prototype LMP1 with many changes and they hope to stay ahead of Porsche, reigning WEC 2015 title both brands and pilots, as well as in Le Mans, where he also earned Porsche.

Audi will fight back to regain its hegemony in recent times both the WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a Hybrid prototype renewed which now has more than 1,000 hp combined power, with a completely new body, a monocoque new invoice and the novelty of having only two cars for the whole season.

Audi R18 2016

Audi R18: revolutionary aerodynamics

In terms of design, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro 2016 takes elements of other categories as Formula 1, as the high nose which directs the air under the car. The new proportions in the German prototype they are also reproduced in the air intakes, which are nearly double the volume for greater cooling hybrid propulsion system.

He rear spoiler, It revised deeply, joins the rear side of the car (on completion of the wheel arches) and flap central shark, the latter already seen in the Audi R18 this year 2015 and that both reminiscent of carrying the cars Formula 1 a few seasons ago. In the back we can see a more square shapes than the previous prototype.

Audi R18 2016

Audi R18: Also with lithium-ion batteries

The propellant remains 4.0 turbodiesel V6 558 CV, but with an optimization of its elements in search of greater efficiency and lower weight. The hybrid system receives some changes that did sneak into the hybrid subcategory 6 Mj / rev, which means you can recover 2 megajoules more lap than in version 2015. The regulation requires this year to enter the engine a smaller amount of fuel, so that somehow is offset by the new hybrid class. This improvement was achieved thanks to the replacing the flywheel by a lithium-ion batteries They are storing energy.

The engine will also coupling a new transmission sequence, now with six speeds (less than ants), that sends power to all four wheels, thanks to System e-tron quattro. The front axle will go electric energy recovered by the two power generating motors: The front, which uses the energy generated during braking, and the rear, connected to the exhaust of the thermal engine; the latter sends its power to the rear wheels, for a combined power exceeding 1,000 hp.

Audi R18 2016

Audi R18: just two cars for 2016

One of the changes of the two brands belonging to the Volkswagen Group, Audi and Porsche, is to keep the Two prototypes by brand for each of the races of the World Endurance, without adding the third unit which it has been incorporated in recent years to run tests more important, such as Le Mans.

Audi units have as pilots André Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer Y Marcel Fässler for one of the cars and Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval Y Oliver Jarvis for the other.

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