Since the very first organized racing contest in 1887, it’s safe to say that both racing and technology have come a long way. Cars are smarter, drivers are better, and tracks are tougher. Every racing season brings an opportunity to get faster and improve function and Audi knows this better than most.
As one of the oldest active racing competitions in history, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the hardest in the business. Cars need to be fuel efficient to eliminate stopping time, while drivers need to have superior endurance to stay focused for long periods of driving.
Audi racing has evolved with the times and is one of the most consistent 24 Hours of Le Mans winners thanks to successful designs and improvements each season.
It takes a lot to win the Le Mans, but what specific aspects of a car make it a winner in 2016? To what point have supercars evolved?
What it takes to be a winning Audi Le Mans racecar.
To win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, your car needs to be lightweight, fuel efficient, and incredibly aerodynamic.
These five design elements are the key to success at Le Mans:
- Downsized engines
- Hybrid drivetrain
- Lightweight materials
- Aerodynamic design
Over time, Le Mans results have resulted in new racing regulations that limit LM P1 cars with gasoline-powered engines to a 16.5 gallon fuel tank. Diesel-powered hybrids are limited to 13.1 gallons.
In addition to fuel tank size regulations, LM P1’s can’t exceed an overall 1,929 pounds. Audi Motorsport took this into account when they built the Audi R18 with a carbon fiber composite gearbox with titanium inserts that keep weight down and racing times up.
Models available at Audi Asheville that give you the feel of a racecar.
Unfortunately, most people will never get to experience what it’s like to drive a winning Le Mans Audi car. While this may seem like the end of the world, we here at Audi Asheville know the truth – there are still plenty of powerful Audi sport models available for everyday street driving. Stick to watching the 24 Hours of Le Mans on TV and check out our available Audi models.
The good news about the Audi R8? You won’t need to drive it for 24 hours straight. The R8 offers an extremely athletic exterior, plus an available 5.2 FSI® dual injection V10 Plus that gets up to 610 horsepower – no we’re not kidding. Audi’s quattro® all-wheel drive keeps power in all the right wheels while you’re driving laps around the competition.
If you’re interested in a more streamlined coupe silhouette, then the Audi TTS may be the right choice for you. This sporty coupe gets up to 292 horsepower with a 2.0-liter Turbocharged TFSI® 4-cylinder engine. Get the Le Mans feel thanks to ASF® aluminum hybrid body construction that gives the TTS a lightweight feel with easy handling.
No matter what type of Audi you’re looking for our dedicated sales team can help you find it. We provide unparalleled service to the Asheville, North Carolina, area as well as Greenville, South Carolina, and Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee. Call or visit to schedule your test drive today.