In Competition: Audi presents a R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 highly modified for 2016

The gala dinners of the German brands always serve to present the novelties of face to the next season and the Audi Sport was no exception. The Ingolstadt took advantage of the occasion to to reveal the version 2016 of its LMP1, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro with which Audi hopes to win back the crown at Le Mans. But to do this there are many changes in the project, both in the car and on the philosophy.

The new R18 e-tron quattro maintained a diesel engine, but happens face-to-2016 to a higher level of energy recovery: 4 MJ, clearly lacking in the struggles that have been maintained during the second half of 2015 with the 8 MJ for the Porsche 919 hybrid, to 6 MJ. In addition, the system employed will be a flywheel, now using batteries to store the energy.

Aesthetically the changes in the front of the R18 they are very clear, as its central part has been high. The comparisons are most appropriate for those who understand least of aerodynamics I believe are the headlands high that have been imposed gradually in single-seaters and the concept of two other LMP1: Aston Martin AMR-One and Nissan GT-R LM NISMO. What a madness? Let us remember that in both, the more the aerodynamics failed mechanics. And both came from an approach that is very interesting: to reduce the drag by generating aerodynamics inside and under the car, using the pipes as you can see in the front of this R18. Maybe that’s why the rear seems to be more downloaded in the last few years.

on the other hand, the great novelty sports is that Audi Sport announced a deal with Porsche Motorsport to attend both with only two LMP1 to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, keeping Audi its six riders in the WEC 2015. Is extinguished and a classic way to tackle Le Mans, as Nissan also aims to tackle the big race of the Endurance World with two cars, and Toyota has spent years terrorising the partridge with a third car that never arrives. But it may work for another article.