Auto News

AutoGuide News Blog


The AutoGuide News Blog is your source for breaking stories from the auto industry. Delivering news immediately, the AutoGuide Blog is constantly updated with the latest information, photos and video from manufacturers, auto shows, the aftermarket and professional racing.
 |  Jun 09 2011, 9:37 AM

Audi fans will be able to get closer to all the race action for this year’s Le Mans by logging into the company’s internet channels.

On their Twitter and Facebook pages, you’ll be able to get real-time video and telemetry of the race as it happens, so fans can feel closer to the action, even if they weren’t able to travel to France in time for this weekend’s race. Fans can tune into www.twitter.com/Audi__Sport and www.facebook.com/AudiSport to get all the action. Plus the free “Audi Sport” iPhone app will offer a live ticker.

Audi is campaigning three all-new R18 TDI’s this year, a car that has shown much promise in testing, and given Audi’s prominence in this sport, they are the favorites to take another victory this year. The drivers running in car number “1” are last year’s winners Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Mike Rockenfeller. Car number “2” is driven by Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer. In car number “3” Dindo Capello, Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish are taking turns at the wheel.

For those who prefer to watch the race action on television, Speed TV will be broadcasting nearly 24-hours of this race live.

FIA President Jean Todt will drop the flag at 3 p.m. (France local time) this Saturday to start this year’s event. Watch it love here: http://www.audi-microsites.com/lemans/

 |  Mar 29 2011, 6:57 PM

audi_r18_le_mans_9.jpg

With the anticipation growing for Audi‘s R18 LMP1 race car to hit the track competitively, Audi is probably wishing it’ll happen sooner themselves. After losing out at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Audi may be looking forward to getting the R18 out on the track in order to replace the current R15 race cars.

Two of the R18s were first test-driven at Sebring along with an R15 as a control car and all ten Audi racing drivers were involved in the testing program. Currently they’re on their way to Europe and will be torn apart and analyzed by Audi Sport in Ingolstadt.

Their next appearance will be at the famous Le Mans racetrack and will compete for the first time in the six hour race in Spa-Francorchamps.

Official press release available after the break.

GALLERY: Audi R18

audi_r18_le_mans_1.jpg audi_r18_le_mans_12.jpg audi_r18_le_mans_7.jpg audi_r18_le_mans_3.jpg audi_r18_le_mans_2.jpg audi_r18_le_mans_5.jpg

Continue Reading…

 |  Dec 13 2010, 7:12 AM

audi_r18_1.jpg

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

audi_r18_10.jpg audi_r18_11.jpg audi_r18_12.jpg audi_r18_4.jpg audi_r18_8.jpg audi_r18_7.jpg

Official press release available after the break.

Continue Reading…