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Audi with hybrid drive at Le Mans for the first time

Ingolstadt/Paris, February 2, 2012 - Audi competes in the 80th running of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 16-17, 2012 with a total of four LMP1 sports cars. Two of the four cars in action will be equipped with hybrid drive for the first time. Audi Sport Team Joest also follows a two-pronged approach in the newly created FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) during the 2012 season.

Following the first win for a TFSI engine (2001) and the historical first triumph for a diesel powered car (2006) the brand with the four rings targets yet another technical milestone at the world's most famous and most important endurance race. "To develop the hybrid technology for Le Mans is at least as ambitious and challenging as our diesel project was in its early stages," explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "The first test results are very encouraging and we are intrigued to see just how this technology performs in combination with our ultra lightweight technology on the race track at Le Mans. As before, we still, however, see potential with the conventional drive - just as our colleagues do in production development. This is why we are absolutely delighted that the ACO and FIA selection committee has accepted our entries and that we can join the grid with four cars at the commemorative running of the Le Mans race."

Audi Sport Team Joest has entered two cars for the new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Audi plans to field additional cars at selected races such as the 12-hour race at Sebring (USA) and in the 6-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) which doubles as a dress rehearsal for Le Mans for the Audi squad.

At the 80th running of the French endurance classic, Audi competes with the start numbers ‘1' and ‘2' (hybrid drive) as well as ‘3' and ‘4'. As stipulated by the regulations one driver per car is now nominated. Those drivers are André Lotterer, Allan McNish, Timo Bernhard and Oliver Jarvis.

The new Audi sports prototype with hybrid drive will be presented at the end of February. The first competitive outing follows in the 6-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps on May 5. For the World Championship opener at Sebring on March 17 Audi Sport Team Joest relies once again on the Audi R18 TDI that proved victorious at Le Mans last year. Audi has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans a total of ten times since the year 2000 and is, as a result, the most successful brand by far in race's recent history.

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I like that last picture. It looks like some type of evil robot or futuristic bad-guy transport vehicle or something.
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At the 80th running of the French endurance classic, Audi competes with the start numbers ‘1' and ‘2' (hybrid drive) as well as ‘3' and ‘4'. As stipulated by the regulations one driver per car is now nominated. Those drivers are André Lotterer, Allan McNish, Timo Bernhard and Oliver Jarvis.

What does that mean? One driver per car? That can't be right.

Either way it will be interesting to see it go up against the no Toyota Hybrids.
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Isnt the nominated driver just the elected man to start the race?
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Question Yes but which hybrid technology

Please editor why did you copy that press release and not ask Audi which hybrid tech they will be running?
F1 and Peugeot(RIP)run battery based systems very limited durability and Porche run flywheel base storage with succes. So Audi??
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Isnt the nominated driver just the elected man to start the race?
I don't think the elected driver is required to start the race. I recall last year's event Audi chose their starting drivers after the qualifying sessions.
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