Having succeeded with the R8, R10 and R15 TDI models such as the world’s largest endurance racing no less than nine times its tenth successful Audi at Le Mans in 2011 with its 2011 Audi R18 Racecar goals. Audi provides three Audi R18 Le Mans car, the Audi Sport Team Joest, the most successful Le Mans team ever to enter the field. The Audi R18 racer enter on 24th April 2011, at Le Mans test before their first race at the 6 hour race at Spa-Francorchamps on 8th May 2011. And also was premiered at Audi Sportpark in Ingolstadt with the hope for a tenth Le Mans success in 2011.
Through the innovative race car used V6 TDI engine for the Le Mans 24 Hours, motorsport is yet again performing pioneering work for the production arm at Audi where there is a growing trend towards smaller, more economical but yet powerful engines. Another new development on the new racecar models is the six-speed transmission in the R18 which has been specifically modified for use with the smaller engine.
The 2011 Audi R18 Racecar benefits from the chassis and aerodynamics package containing a lot of know-how from the Audi R8, the Audi R10 TDI and the Audi R15 TDI whereas the fitting of identically sized front and rear wheels is new to an Audi Le Mans sports car. This configuration on this model allows a more balanced weight distribution.
The 2011 Audi R18 Racecar headlights, which are the first to completely consist of LEDs with optimized amount of light, are a technical highlight. The new generation Audi Racecar of headlights was developed in close cooperation between Audi Sport and the Technical Development (TE) division of AUDI AG and by using at Le Mans, will be prepared for future use in production vehicles.