New Audi R18 e-Tron ready for 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours

Audi first introduced the R 18 e-tron Quattro in 2012 racing season. For 2014 racing season, the R18 e-Tron diesel hybrid receives a number of updates. R18 will continue with its diesel engine with flywheel based hybrid system. The diesel engine powers its rear wheels while electric motor powers the front wheels thus allowing the car to receive all wheel drive. Competing on track, the hybrid system will result in lower fuel consumption, while electric motors with low end torque will allow better acceleration specially around corners.

New Audi R18 e-Tron ready for 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours (1)About their new R18 e-Tron, Audi says this is “The most complex race car ever built by Audi”. The power is delivered by a complex diesel hybrid system. The race car features two diesel hybrid systems and a V6 TDI with electric turbocharger (ERS-H – Energy Recovery System Heat). What this offers, is that it stores energy converted from heat in the engine. The diesel engine along with one hybrid system powers the rear wheels. Apart from this, the use of second hybrid system is to power the front wheels. It also features ERS-K (Energy Recovery System Kinetic).

Though similar to look at, the 2014 R18 e-Tron is 20 mm taller, 100 mm narrower, and has more space in the cockpit. For more information, scroll through the press release below.