SEBRING, Florida - Only a week after the World championship winning Audi R18 e-Tron quattro race car’s last race its successor is ready to hit the track.
Track-testing of the new LMP1 sports car, under wraps until now, have started at Sebring in Florida in the US, the track where all new Le Mans prototypes of the Audi brand have had to prove their worth.
Audi Sport in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm has developed a fundamentally new Le Mans prototype that corresponds to regulations for 2014 and has been designed for maximum efficiency. Development started in 2012 and the roll-out took place towards the end of 2013.TESTING NOW CENTRE STAGE
Wolfgang Ullrich, head of Audi Motorsport, said: “We’ve reached a crucial stage in this project. Testing on various tracks is now taking centre stage, focused on achieving long range, co-ordinating the highly complex hybrid drive systems and working out an efficient package that has never before been so complex.”
Audi won the Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ classifications in the World Endurance championship for the second time in succession and the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 12th time in 2013. Before the end of December 2013 Audi will present the next generation of its hybrid sports car and announce further details.