A 2015 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro from the automaker’s penultimate 12 months in the leading course at the 24 Several hours of Le Mans is up for sale at London dealership Joe Macari. No price is detailed, so if you have to ask, well, you know the rest.
Audi applied the R18 name for a sequence of race cars and trucks from the 2011 to 2016 seasons, soon after which the automaker ended its Le Mans campaign. The R18 TDI Ultra came 1st, showing in 2011 as the successor to the Audi R15 TDI. The hybrid R18 E-Tron Quattro raced alongside the TDI Ultra in 2012, and then replaced it as Le Mans rules shifted from LMP1 to LMP1-H (for hybrid) as the best class.
The automobile currently up for sale is the much-developed 2015 variation of the R18 E-Tron Quattro. It characteristics significant aerodynamic adjustments, like even bigger dive planes and significant air inlets on the entrance wheel arches that demanded the crash structure to be re-tested, in accordance to the listing. Other adjustments incorporated new aspect pods with reworked radiator openings to boost cooling, and distinct rear-stop bodywork built to minimize drag.
2015 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro (photo by way of Joe Macari)
A turbodiesel 4.-liter V-6 sends 550 hp to the rear wheels, and an electric motor sends 268 hp to the entrance wheels. That gave the R18 E-Tron Quattro all-wheel generate, but only intermittently, as the electric powered ability wasn’t normally readily available.
The car or truck up for sale is chassis 416, which was pushed by Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval, and Oliver Jarvis. We know the trio concluded fourth in general at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, which noticed Porsche acquire victory for the 1st time considering the fact that 1998. But the listing only mentions chassis 416 being entered in that year’s 6 Hrs of Fuji, 6 Several hours of Shanghai, and 6 Hours of Bahrain, which ended up also element of the FIA Earth Stamina Championship (WEC) that yr. The car or truck completed fourth at Fuji and Shanghai, and sixth at the Bahrain race.
Audi received every 24 Hours of Le Mans between 2011 and 2014, and most going back to the transform of the century, but has not won considering that. The automaker will return to Le Mans with an entry for the new LMDh class in 2023.