Audi did not want to see its R18 LMP1 in the hands of Roger Penske

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WEC starts a season 2017 full of changes. The
arrival of a new generation of prototypes LMP2, the return of Porsche to the
class GTE-Pro or the absence of Audi in LMP1 after nearly two decades are the three
main variations of the contest. However, there was an option to see the
Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the next edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With
all, Audi Sport rejected the offer from Penske to align their LMP1 at The Sarthe,
although the historical relationship between the american team and the brand
of Ingolstadt.

As he has revealed himself Penske, Audi refused to
see its R18 e-tron quattro at Le Mans under the management of a private team
:
“I Spoke with them about yes we could get a private effort with
some of their cars. However, with the current situation that has Audi, with
all the things that are happening, they only said that they had too many looks
large to them, and that they did not need to appear at Le Mans
. I would love to
race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but if I did I would love to do it with
a car that allows me to be up”.

As has been explained to internal sources of Audi Sport,
project of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, 2017 is not passed from be a model
scale 1:8
, so that it was not feasible to put on track the LMP1 hybrid
brand despite the offer of Penske. However, the relationship between Audi and the
team Roger Penske is fluid and while the Audi R8 LMP and the Audi R10
TDI were the cars to beat in the American Le Mans Series, Penske was the
team in charge of managing the Porsche RS Spyder that won the class LMP2
from 2006 to 2008
.