80th Le Mans will see Hybrid Drives from Audi

February 8, 2012 / No Comments

A look at racing history would reveal that Audi has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans a total of ten times since 2000 and is, as a result, the most successful brand in the recent history of the race. Audi competes in the 80th running of the 24 Hours ofLe Manson June 16 and 17, 2012 with a total of four LMP1 sports cars.

audi r18 lemans 80th Le Mans will see Hybrid Drives from Audi

Two of the four cars in action will be equipped with hybrid drive for the first time. Audi Sport Team Joest also follows this two-pronged approach in the newly created FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) during the 2012 season.

At the 80th running of the French endurance classic, Audi competes with the start numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 where the first two will be the hybrid drives.

As stipulated by the regulations, one driver per car is now nominated. Those drivers are Andre Lotterer, Allan McNish, Timo Bernhard and Oliver Jarvis.

The new Audi sports prototype with hybrid drive will be presented at the end of February.

The first competitive showcase follows in the 6-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps on May 5. For the World Championship opener at Sebring on March 17 Audi Sport Team Joest relies on the Audi R18 TDI that proved victorious at Le Mans last year.