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Facts about Audi’s Eleventh Le Mans Victory

by on 22 June 2012 in Motorsport

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Audi has led advanced technologies to victory at LeMans yet again. Key facts after the 80th running of the 24-hour race.
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Audi R18 e-tron quattro Animation Explains Le Mans-Winning Tech

by on 22 June 2012 in Motorsport Video

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Just one day before the start of the 80th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi Sport boss Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich took the podium at the Audi Racing Arena hospitality facility in to being the 2012 Audi Sport press conference at Le Mans. Before the driver teams sat down for their usual chat, Ullrich first explained the significance of the company’s first hybrid at Le Mans.
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Honeywell Turbo Technologies Boosts Audi to Le Mans Victory

by on 22 June 2012 in Industry News

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Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Turbo Technologies, the leading global developer of automotive turbochargers, is celebrating another victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours on Sunday having provided yet another successful evolution of turbocharger technology to its long time racing partner Audi Sport. More…

The New Audi SQ5 TDI: Twin-Turbo V6 Diesel with 313 hp

by on 18 June 2012 in Audi News

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In conjunction with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi is presenting the new top model of its recently revised Q5 model series – the Audi SQ5 TDI. Boosted by two turbochargers, its 3.0 TDI produces a brawny 230 kW (313 hp) and 650 Nm (479.42 lb-ft) of torque between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm. The Audi SQ5 TDI will roll into dealerships in the first quarter of 2013 and is the first S model in the history of Audi with a diesel engine. More…

Audi Logs 1-2-3-5 Win at Le Mans plus Historic Victory with Hybrid

by on 17 June 2012 in Motorsport

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AUDI AG has achieved another technological milestone in motorsport. On the 80th running of the famous Le Mans 24 Hours, a vehicle with hybrid drive – the Audi R18 e-tron quattro – has triumphed for the first time. More…

Video Interview: Audi Sport Engine Boss Ulrich Baretzky on Hybrids, Toyota, Delta Wing & the Future

by on 17 June 2012 in Motorsport Video

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Engineering and thus engineers have always had a high profile at Audi. Audi Sport engine czar Ulrich Baretzky is one such known quantity, part of the supporting cast in Truth in 24 and essential to Audi’s efforts at Le Mans over the years. Baretzky brought FSI to the R8 and TDI to every other Audi racing at Le Mans since. The German is passionate about design and technology and was thus the perfect person with whom to inquire about the Audi e-tron quattro as compared to the competition at Toyota. While on the subject, we also inquired with Mr. Baretzky about production possibilities derived from the R18 e-tron quattro, the new 2013 rules announced by the ACO and the controversial Delta Wing.
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Video Interview: Dindo Capello ahead of the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans pt. 2

by on 17 June 2012 in On Location Video

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We caught up with Audi R18 e-tron #2’s resident Italian Dindo Capello twice during race week. By the time the second conversation happened, Dindo had more experience with this year’s lay of the land. He’d taken part in Wednesday’s practice and qualifying sessions and seen the Toyotas first hand. In this second conversation Dindo talks […] More…

Video Interview: Romain Dumas ahead of the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi R18 ultra #3

by on 17 June 2012 in Motorsport Video

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During Le Mans race week Fourtitude editors had a chance to catch up with French Audi driver Romain Dumas who pilots Audi R18 ultra #3 along with Loic Duval and Marc Gene. This driving trio won at Spa and are certainly a contender for Le Mans. We discuss with Romain the driving nuance of his R18 ultra #3 along with his view on his competition from Toyota. More…

Video Interview: Oliver Jarvis ahead of the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans

by on 17 June 2012 in Motorsport Video

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As part of our Le Mans week coverage we’ve been publishing several conversations we’ve had with key players at Audi Sport. This time around our subject is British-born driver Oliver Jarvis from the #4 Audi R18 ultra. Jarvis started his career at Audi in the DTM where he spent four years, so we start off by asking him to compare his DTM cars with the Audi R18 ultra. Jarvis also did a year at Le Mans with Kolles in an R10 TDI and so how he progressed from DTM and chose to move on to sportscar makes for interesting background. Of course there’s more and we invite you to watch it all below.
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Photographic: Sepang Blue Audi RS 4 Spotted at Le Mans

by on 16 June 2012 in Motorsport On Location PhotoGraphic

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Looking very similar to a like RS 4 on display at Worthersee several weeks ago, it may very well have been the same. Other identifiable features shared with the Worthersee car besides the Sepang Blue paint are the 20-inch rotor-style alloys more commonly seen thus far on the RS 5.
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Video Interview: Marcel Fassler ahead of the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans

by on 16 June 2012 in Motorsport Video

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As the first Swiss driver to ever win Le Mans, Marcel Fassler was greeted with a hero’s welcome last year when he and his teammates Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer pulled off one of the most thrilling Le Mans wins in history. As a result, Marcel and his teammates returned to Le Mans not only as the victors but as one of the top-billed Audi factory driver teams at the wheel of an Audi R18 e-tron quattro. While in Le Mans and following the first day of practice and qualifying, the Fourtitude team caught up with Andre at the Audi Sport paddock facility and hit him up with questions about this year’s race, Toyota and the uber fast R18 e-tron quattro. Watch it below and see more photos from the event via our photo gallery linked to the right.
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Video Interview: Tom Kristensen ahead of the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans

by on 16 June 2012 in Motorsport Video

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During Le Mans race week we caught up with Audi Sport’s Tom Kristensen. As the all-time winningest driver ever at Le Mans, Kristensen is known around these parts as “Mr. Le Mans”. It’s an understatement then to say that T.K. has plenty of experience here but nevertheless we’ll say it just the same. Tom was […] More…