Audi will enter its new R18 e-tron quattro race car into its first race this weekend in preparation for its latest assault on the Le Mans 24 Hours race. The second round on the FIA World Endurance Championship arrives at Spa-Francorchamps and has been identified as an ideal opportunity to test the limitations of the company's first diesel hybrid race car.
The R18 e-tron quattro's powertrain starts with a V6 TDI power plant that produces 510 PS (375 kW/503hp) and pumps it directly to the rear wheels. Meanwhile, the energy generated from the rotating front axle is contained in a flywheel energy storage system which can be returned to provide short burst of power when the race car requires it.
The Le Mans 24 Hours race starts in six weeks time where Audi will compete with the R18 e-tron quattro as well as an R18 Ultra which is identical to its sibling except that it doesn't incorporate the hybrid technology.