NEW 2014 VERSION (Photo: Audi)
2013 VERSION (Photo: Getty Images)
Meet the new Audi, which basically looks the same as the old one.
New worldwide LMP1 regulations focusing on efficiency for 2014 means manufacturers and teams have to reveal new cars, and at first glance, the 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro looks remarkably similar to the 2012 and 2013 version.
The main differences appear in the rear wing complex and air scoop above the cockpit. Headlights on the new 2014 car, which retains the same R18 e-tron quattro nomenclature, have also been altered.
Secret tests had done previously, and later this month the 2014 car will run at Sebring for the first time.
Unfortunately, Audi’s LMP1 program bid adieu to the 12 Hours of Sebring after this year’s race with the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship not accepting LMP1 machinery for 2014. Audi will instead focus on its works LMP1 program in the FIA World Endurance Championship, head-to-head with Toyota and new entrant Porsche, while supporting customer R8 GT Daytona programs in the TUDOR Championship.
That means the only chance American fans will have to see the new 2014 LMP1 prototypes on U.S. soil will be at the joint WEC/TUDOR weekend at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, slated for Sept. 18-20, 2014.
Brendon Hartley says scoring a point on his Formula 1 debut would be “a dream” after being resigned to last place on the grid for the United States Grand Prix following an engine penalty.
Porsche factory driver Hartley was drafted in by Toro Rosso to replace Pierre Gasly for the USGP when the Frenchman was ruled out due to clashing commitments in Super Formula.
Despite having not driven an F1 car since 2012, Hartley came within one-tenth of a second of making it through to Q2 on Saturday at the Circuit of The Americas, ultimately qualifying 18th.
“Obviously I’d love to be quicker but we knew we were starting at the back, so we put a lot of focus on long runs, getting the peak performance out of this Pirelli tire I didn’t get today,” Hartley told NBCSN after the race.
“In FP3 I had a good feeling. There’s a lot of quirky things to manage with these tires. Honestly I should be happy with how the weekend’s gone so far.”
The New Zealander will start last due to a 25-place grid penalty for changes made to his power unit ahead of practice on Friday, and is daring to dream of making the top 10 in his first race out of a sports car for more than five years.
“I don’t do the 24 hours completely alone!” Hartley joked. “It’s quick. It’s physical to drive. I’ll be happy to be done after an hour and a half.
“A point would be a dream starting from the back. If I can move forward and put a race together, I’ll be happy.”
The United States Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 2pm ET on Sunday.