Whether it is on the race track or on the street, every car company wants it to be greener these days. Audi is also in that league as it will be releasing its r18 e-tron Hybrid Quattro at the upcoming 2012Le Mans. Audi is expecting its warrior to conquer the winning title this year and it surely looks like the Hybrid Quattro is capable of doing that.
The Audi R18 e-tron Quattro’s V6 TDI engine is developing a total output of 510 horsepower, which is sent to the rear wheels, but the racer can’t operate on electricity alone.
Audi says that a new transmission, with carbon fiber composite housing, a first in endurance racing, was developed by the company for the R18 e-tron Quattro, in order to compensate for the additional weight.
The race car will make its race debut at the Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) on the 5th of May, at the 6-hour race, than it will go toFrance, at the famous 24 Hours ofLe Manson June 16-17.
On the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, kinetic energy is recovered on the front axle during the braking phase. Then it is supplied as electric into a flywheel accumulator before being retrieved under acceleration again above at a speed of 120km/h.
Only the front axle is integrated, during this procedure. Audi Sport Team Joest will field two R18 e-tron quattro and two R18 ultra prototypes in the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 16/17.