Audi R18 E-tron Quattro Long Tailed Prototype Tested for Le Mans

April 29, 2013 / No Comments

Audi R18 E-tron Quattro’s third prototype for the Le Mans tracks is designed with low downforce and sports a long-tail body. In short, it is aerodynamically modified from the older two versions. Going by the manufacturer’s words, the rear extension aka “long tail” is optimized for performance in high-speed Le Mans tracks.

audi Audi R18 E tron Quattro Long Tailed Prototype Tested for Le Mans

The third version will make a 6 hour run in the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa, Belgium this May 4. Post the test run, we guess Audi will pick all the feedback they get for the tail elongated version to assimilate the engineering decisions that they need to put into cars that are candidates to the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The Audi R18 E-tron Quattro is hybrid diesel car. The 3.7-liter V6 turbocharged TDI diesel engine has 510 horsepower with 626 lb-ft torque.

The electric unit in the vehicle comes into play after 75mph rear wheel drive up backing the front wheel with extra juice of traction.

The assessment of the long tail Le Man prototype will give the variation between the conventional models and the aerodynamically polished one. Performance analysis on Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 4.352 mile track’s different sectors is crucial for the Le Mans achievement.

Audi’s Le Mans Prototype teams have been dominating the championship with eleven wins. As Dr. Wolfgang Ulrich, head of Audi Motorsport says, the race at Spa is a “dress rehearsal” for Audi’s Le Mans 24 Hours goal.  Let’s wait.