Audi officially reveals 2014 R18 e-tron quattro

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NEW 2014 VERSION (Photo: Audi)

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2013 VERSION (Photo: Getty Images)

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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.

IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama final practice report

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Will Power posted the fastest lap in the third practice session for the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. with a speed of 122.953 mph.

Rookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.

Scott Dixon (122.237), Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.231) and Alexander Rossi (122.106) rounded out the top five.

The practice was interrupted several times for incidents. 

Ed Jones spun off track in turn five after locking up his brakes with 30 minutes remaining in practice three. He was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

With 20 minutes still on the clock, Jordan King took a trip into the fence after posting a fastest lap of 121.753 mph. He sustained substantial left side damage to his car and came back to the pits on the hook.

“I’m annoyed really,” King said afterward on the live stream at IndyCar.com. “I slightly locked the inside front, then just stayed off onto the grass and that was it. But I wasn’t really even pushing that hard.”

With two minutes remaining, Charlie Kimball lost power and pulled off the track, bringing an end to the practice session.

Dixon also had an off-road excursion.