Audi’s 2016 R18 hybrid endurance racing car has been redesigned to the point where it has ‘almost nothing in common anymore’ with its predecessor, the 2015 R18. The new model features a more radical aerodynamics concept, including a new safety cell, and its hybrid drive system is battery operated for the first time. The V-6 turbo-diesel engine has also been revised. As a result, Audi’s LMP1 sports car is more powerful and more efficient than last year’s entry, which lost the championship to Porsche’s 919 Hybrid. ‘While the new R18 is Audi’s strongest race car to date, it consumes less fuel than any of the generations before it,’ the company said.
The Audi R18 has a new hybrid drive system with a revised V-6 turbo-diesel engine. (PHOTO: AUDI)