German carmaker Audi is gearing up its toughest race yet -- the 24 Hours Of Le Mans. This season will be the automaker's 18th participation in the race, and Audi is aiming for a major milestone this year.
Audi is looking to use less fuel this year, far less than its competitors or specified by the regulations. Audi has clinched 13 titles so far, and this year will be the toughest race because the company is aiming for victory with less fuel usage.
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, the Head of Audi Motorsport said, "We've already seen how great the challenges are this year in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). However, it would be premature to draw clear conclusions from this for the race at Le Mans. We have great respect for our strong opponents."
Audi was the first manufacturer to win the Le Mans with a diesel engine, and this year, the Audi R18 LMP will run on a 4.0-litre V6 hybrid diesel engine. The rear wheels will be powered by the diesel engine while a hybrid electric motor will power the front wheels.
Audi has also gained significant aerodynamics and perfected its light weight design. The Le Mans is a perfect testing ground for Audi's technology, which will eventually be incorporated in cars that are sold to customers.
Audi's driver line-up consists of Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer in car number 7 and di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis in car number 8. The race is to take place on July 18 and 19, 2016.