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- Five international endurance race winners united for the first time
- Almost halfway around the earth with R18 e-tron quattro and R8 LMS
Audi unites its endurance race winning quintet. Five Audi race cars that from Bathurst to Le Mans won four 24-hour races plus a 12-hour race in the 2012 season came together for the first time at a photo shoot.
At Audi, all endurance racing competitions are centered on technology – a combination of high speed and maximum efficiency. Audi has achieved this aim with two highly different race cars: The R18 e-tron quattro, with its innovative hybrid drive, competes in top-caliber racing. Its concept stands for four top-flight achievements:
– The eleventh victory of the brand at the Le Mans 24 Hours
– The first victory of a sports car with hybrid drive
– The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) win and
– A ten-percent reduction of fuel consumption compared to its
The R18 e-tron quattro delivered 100 percent reliability, without a single retirement in the 2012 season.
The Audi R8 LMS demonstrates “Vorsprung durch Technik” as well. The ultra version launched in 2012 has become even lighter, faster and more efficient. In achieving these new levels, the GT3 race car profits from its solid genes. More than 50 percent of the car designed for customer racing is based on the Audi R8 production model.
The grand victories in 2012 endurance racing
Race, Vehicle, Drivers, Distance (km)
Bathurst 12 Hours, Audi R8 LMS, Christer Jöns/Christopher Mies/Darryl O’Young, 1,677.510
Nürburgring 24 Hours, Audi R8 LMS ultra, Marc Basseng/Christopher Haase/Frank Stippler/Markus Winkelhock, 3,933.590
Le Mans 24 Hours, Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer, 5,151.762
Zolder 24 Hours Audi R8 LMS ultra Marco Bonanomi/Anthony Kumpen/ 3,440.000
Edward Sandström/Laurens Vanthoor
FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)
Title win Manufacturers’ Championship
Title win Drivers’ Championship (Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer)