Le Mans winning Audi TDI lead the evolution of its road cars

Audi has been using Le Mans as a test laboratory for many years now, and with the diesel-powered hybrid Audi prototypes winning the Le Mans 24-hour marathon, the pair of diesel-powered hybrids which covered over 6,300 miles, and securing themselves an eighth victory for Audi TDI Power, are sure to shape the future of our road going models.

The two Audi R18 e-tron quattro race cars which secured their one-two victory last weekend in what has to be one of the toughest races in recent Le Mans history are the ultimate champions of Audi ultra-technology, which has played a crucial role in the design and construction of Audi production cars.

Audi ultra-technology

It’s the Audi term to cover everything from lightweight construction and aerodynamics to engine efficiency, with its core principle influencing every stage of the development and has been unquestionably been accelerated by lessons learnt from each of the 379 laps of the 8.46-mile circuit made by the winning R18 e-tron quattro.

Le Mans Test Laboratory

Audi has been using Le Mans as a test laboratory to support future production line developments for many years.

TFSI petrol direct injection appeared for the first time at the 2001 race, and has since benefited millions of Audi road cars through improved fuel economy and engine response and reduced CO2 emissions.

The brand was also the first manufacturer to win the gruelling marathon with a diesel engine in 2006, winning five times overall with pure TDI power, and is viewed as a leading exponent of alternative propulsion methods in racing after introducing hybrid power with the R18 e-tron quattro in 2012.