However, the R10 racing monster with a 650hp engine is no
ordinary diesel. The 5.5 litre 12-cylinder TDI motor with bi-turbo charger is a completely new development.
Audi motor sport chief Dr Wolfgang Ullrich described the R10
project as the "biggest challenge ever by Audi Sport", taking the
TDI technology to its limits.
The chassis was designed by computers in Ingolstadt and produced
at the Dallara racing car factory in Italy.
The prototype weighs 900 kg and conforms to other regulations that include two rollover bars and more ground clearance in the flanks.
The Le Mans race is one of the most gruelling in motor sport
along with the 500 mile Indianapolis and the Formula One Grand Prix in
the streets of Monaco.
Seven-times Le Mans champion Tom Kristensen from Denmark will be
one of three drivers to steer the R10 in the race scheduled for
June 16-17, 2006.