A 2015 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro from the automaker’s penultimate calendar year in the top course at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is up for sale at London dealership Joe Macari. No price tag is stated, so if you have to check with, well, you know the relaxation.
Audi used the R18 identify for a collection of race cars from the 2011 to 2016 seasons, soon after which the automaker ended its Le Mans marketing campaign. The R18 TDI Extremely arrived very first, showing up 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 changed it as Le Mans rules shifted from LMP1 to LMP1-H (for hybrid) as the prime course.
The motor vehicle at this time up for sale is the substantially-evolved 2015 model of the R18 E-Tron Quattro. It attributes substantial aerodynamic adjustments, like larger dive planes and huge air inlets on the front wheel arches that demanded the crash structure to be re-examined, in accordance to the listing. Other modifications incorporated new aspect pods with reworked radiator openings to strengthen cooling, and distinct rear-conclusion bodywork intended to reduce drag.
2015 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro (photograph through Joe Macari)
A turbodiesel 4.-liter V-6 sends 550 hp to the rear wheels, and an electrical motor sends 268 hp to the front wheels. That gave the R18 E-Tron Quattro all-wheel generate, but only intermittently, as the electric energy wasn’t normally readily available.
The car up for sale is chassis 416, which was driven by Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval, and Oliver Jarvis. We know the trio concluded fourth general at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, which observed Porsche choose victory for the first time because 1998. But the listing only mentions chassis 416 getting entered in that year’s 6 Several hours of Fuji, 6 Hours of Shanghai, and 6 Several hours of Bahrain, which were being also portion of the FIA World Stamina Championship (WEC) that calendar year. The car or truck finished fourth at Fuji and Shanghai, and sixth at the Bahrain race.
Audi gained every 24 Hrs of Le Mans among 2011 and 2014, and most likely again to the transform of the century, but has not won considering the fact that. The automaker will return to Le Mans with an entry for the new LMDh course in 2023.