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The journey to competing at the Le Mans 24 Hours is a long one. Competing at a high level in order to win the race is even more impressive.
A few weeks ago, a trailer for Audi‘s Truth in 24 II: Every Second Counts documentary was unleashed onto the Internet packed with plenty of high-speed action at arguably the world’s most famous race. Now you can grab your favorite Apple device and download the film for free on iTunes.
It’s been three years since Audi’s first Truth in 24 aired to document the team’s 2008 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A sequel is now in the works, which will be a film on Audi’s 2011 Le Mans victory.
Packed with drama, the 2011 Le Mans victory was a fantastic choice to showcase the race. Two-time champ Allan McNish had his Audi demolished only just an hour into the race and at the eighth hour, the Number 1 Audi racecar careened into a guardrail, splitting it into two pieces.
It took the next 16 hours of meticulous driving by the No. 2 Audi racecar to claim the checkered flag in the fourth closest Le Mans race in 79 years.
According to a forum member on ten-tenths.com, the film should be finalized in the next eight weeks. We’ll anxiously await its debut.
After Peugeot’s Le Mans victory, many speculated that Audi would be working on a new Le Mans Prototype to regain their dominance in the race series. And here we have it, Audi’s new R18 Le Mans Prototype and gone is their traditional open-top design. Not since 1999 has Audi brought a closed coupe to Le Mans.
The race car itself is constructed of a single-piece carbon fiber monocoque but is truly highlighted by Audi’s all-LED headlights, a first in Le Mans. Audis have really made a name for themselves with the integration of their LEDs in their standard vehicles, and now we must say we’re in love with the R18′s headlights.
Powering the R18 will be a 3.7L TDI V6 powerplant that will be mated to an all new six-speed transmission.
The R18 was first tested at the end of November with Allan McNish behind the wheel. Audi plans on debuting the R18 at the Spa-Francorchamps 6 Hours in Belgium during May of next year. The prototype will also be tested on April 24th at Le Mans official test day. Audi plans on fielding three R18s at Le Mans in 2011.
GALLERY: Audi R18 LMP1
Official press release available after the break.