The 2016 version of the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro was in fact revealed a long time ago, before the end of the last year, but outside of the car itself, no other details were clear, at least until this Tuesday (22) when the version that will race in the FIA World Endurance Championship was revealed with technical details.
Audi saw the new season and the updated regulations as an opportunity to revamp its LMP1 racer, as the R18 e-tron Quattro now features more power, going over the 1000 horsepower figure, thanks to the trusted 4.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine combined with a new energy recovery system that uses a battery that replaces the Williams-built flywheel that was the foundation of Audi's hybrid technology in the LMP1 class. Normally seen as the most conservative in the matter of hybrid subclass, The new car goes to the 6MJ subclass, a bit closer to what's expected by Porsche and Toyota.
The aerodynamics and overall shape of the car changed drastically even if compared to the 2015 season car, which is the closest to this one, and gave to the car a thinner appearance. A higher front end, revised sides that now see the wing mirrors become more incorporated into the body, just like the low downforce kit of the 2015 car that Audi used at Spa-Francorchamps, Le Mans and some other races of the FIA WEC.
Another thing that changes with the new car is the competition paint scheme they will use this season. Audi normally would go to a white base with red, gray and black details, but this year they decided to go with a black and gray base with lots of details in red, with almost and equal proportion between the three colors.
The new machine in its proper FIA WEC suit will be in action at the end of the month in the Prologue at the Circuit Paul Ricard.
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