Over the weekend, Audi released a teaser shot of the new-for-2014, but same-name-for-2014, R18 e-tron quattro that will compete in the LMP1 category of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Audi’s official, official reveal with driver lineup will take place next week, as the iconic German manufacturer looks to spread the news out over a long period of time.
Updated images released today makes the car look even more sinister on the outside. And technical details released about the inside add to the nature of the beast.
From Audi’s official release:
The basic elements of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro’s new configuration were defined back in 2012 and the design of all the single components started at the end of 2012. The new LMP1 sports car was rolled out in the early fall of 2013, followed by track tests of the most recent R18.
In the new Technical Regulations, a large number of principal definitions, which concern the powertrain, body dimensions, safety and aerodynamics, were re-determined. With the new R18, Audi Sport has opted for a similar concept as in the past – albeit with innovative detailed solutions and an additional hybrid system. The key details:
-A further developed V6 TDI mid-engine powers the rear wheels
-e-tron quattro hybrid system at the front axle (ERS-K – Energy Recovery System Kinetic, a system to store kinetic energy)
-Optimized flywheel energy storage system
-Hybrid system with an electric turbocharger in the internal combustion engine (ERS-H – Energy Recovery System Heat, a system that stores energy converted from heat)
You can read the rest of the details of this incredibly technical prototype there. For now, I’m just going to stop and stare at the R18.
Perhaps emerging LMP2 talent and son of Sky Sports F1 commentator Martin Brundle, Alex Brundle, sums up the R18’s new look best:
If I was 6, the new Audi R18 would make me scared of the dark.
— Alex Brundle (@AlexBrundle) December 12, 2013