25 Facts About Audi R18


Audi R18 is a Le Mans Prototype racing car constructed by the German car manufacturer Audi AG.

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Unlike other coupe competitors in its class, the chassis on the Audi R18 is not composed of two halves but rather is of single-piece construction for improved rigidity.

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The Audi R18 has an engine cooling duct above the cockpit roof as well as redesigned rear wheel arches to channel more air to the rear wing.

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Audi R18 later opted not to race with the second Energy Retrieval System, which is known as a Motor Generator Unit-Heat [MGU-H] in F1, because it did not result in the performance gain engineers had hoped for and was therefore considered an unnecessary risk to take.

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The new Audi R18 featured significantly altered aerodynamics, including a raised nose similar to pre-2014 Formula One nose designs, air scoops above the front fenders, integrated mirrors, and other body modifications.

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The KERS for the 2016 Audi R18 had been changed from a flywheel system to a lithium-ion battery, and had been upgraded from the 4MJ class to the 6MJ class for additional boost.

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Audi R18 dropped the e-tron quattro name badge for the 2016 season.

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Audi R18 intended to run one of each model for the remaining five races in the season.

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Twenty-four-hour Le Mans event was next, and Audi R18 hoped to repeat the dominance that they exhibited last year and use the 24 hours of Le Mans to revitalize their season.

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Audi R18 made up the deficit they had in the manufacturers points, as Le Mans was a double point weighted race.

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Audi R18 chose to pit in both their e-tron Quattros, changing from racing slicks to rain tires.

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Audi R18 gained the manufacturers championship lead after this race, leading by 18 over rival Toyota.

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Now holding the manufacturers lead, Audi R18 hoped to continue the success and fight it showed in Austin.

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Audi R18 attempted to double stint the tires during the race.

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Audi R18 only earned 18 points in Fuji, and with Toyota claiming pole position and finishing first and second, they would gain 43 points and leap ahead of Audi R18 by eight points in the manufacturers championship.

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Audi R18, although setting faster laps than the rest of the LMP1 field for the first time during a race in the season would struggle to run consistent lap times.

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Audi R18 outlasted Porsche's temporary display of speed, but could not catch the faster rival Toyota, which resulted in a manufacturers' points finishing position of second place.

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Audi R18 chose to upgrade the prototype to the 4MJ hybrid output class from the 2MJ.

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Audi R18 would have to compete with one more new competitor in Nissan Motorsports, who, after months of delay, had brought a trio of LMP1-H cars.

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That did not stop Audi R18 from setting the pace during the first session of the week.

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Audi R18 was presented with an opportunity to regain the lead of the race.

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Audi R18 chose to race with a revised chassis package for this race.

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Audi R18 was positioned second in the manufacturers standings, fifty-three points behind Porsche going into Shanghai.

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Audi R18 retained the aero package raced at Fuji for Shanghai.

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However, the celebration for Audi R18 would be short lived, due to a post-race scrutineering infringement, with the thickness of the skid block not complying with the regulations.

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