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2013 24 Hours of Le Mans: The heart of the R18 e-tron quattro

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In 1989 Audi developed the first TDI production engine. In 2006, 17-years after it’s invention, Audi would achieve it’s first victory of a diesel-powered sports car at Le Mans. The first aluminum cylinder block 5.5-liter V12 TDI in the R10 TDI developed more than 650HP with over 811 ft-lbs. of torque. The current 3.7-liter V6 TDI unit with a single turbocharger has 32-percent less capacity and 24-percent less power than the 5.5-lire V12. Even with the reduction in size Audi engineers have figured out how to increase lap times by 2.8-percent by better utilizing the engines potential and reducing wasted energy. The engine output per liter of displacement went up from 118-horsepower in the V12 to 146-horsepower in the V6. Engineers were also able to increase the piston area output which is the measure of output delivered by each individual cylinder by 65-percent from 54-horsepower to 90-horsepower. The 3.7-liter V6 TDI is an extreme piece of engineering and art and would not be possible without the major engineering breakthroughs developed by Audi Sport engineers and their partners.

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2013 24 Hours of Le Mans: La Grande Parade des Pilotes – Audi Sport Perspective

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Since 1995 Classic Automotive has organized the La Grande Parade des Pilotes in conjunction with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. The Parade des Pilotes takes place the Friday before the 24-Hours of Le Mans and winds it’s way through the city of Le Mans starting at the Center Center. It seems like the entire town takes to the street for the celebration with every square inch along the parade route packed with onlookers. The teams pack their cars with lots of swag to hand out along to the route to the faithful fans who make it out to to the parade. Of course the Audi drivers are the stands outs of the parade, with lots of screams of MCNISH and KRISTENSEN, as the fans scream for their attention and an autograph. 

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2013 24 Hours of Le Mans: The Audi Racing Arena 2,269 Horsepower Display

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Audi always sets up a special display in front of their  Racing Arena which is located at the start of the Ford Chicane. This year was no exception with over 2,269 Horsepower on display. All of the current RS models were on display including the RS Q3, RS 6, RS 7. Along with a Sepang Blue Matte Effect R8 V10 Plus and the new all S3 Sedan. 

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2013 24 Hours of Le Mans: Audi Sport Claims a somber 12th Victory

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 The #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish, and Loïc Duval crossed the line first ahead of the #8 Toyota and the #3 Audi R18 of Oliver Jarvis, Marc Gene and Lucas Di Grassi. This was Audi’s forth consecutive victory, and their 12th in the last 15 years and the debut of the R8R.

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2013 24 Hours of Le Mans: 18 1/2 hours passed and Audi still leads

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The good news is that the #2 Audi Sport R18 e-tron quattro is still in the lead. The bad news is that we’ve seen practically endless full course cautions at La Sarthe. People on Twitter are joking about the need for a new classification, the “recovery class”.  Thankfully we are back to green and the action and tires are heating up! What is really amazing to us is the progress that the #3 Audi R18 has made making their way back through traffic. They got bumped back to 21st place, and have clawed their way back to 5th! 

The running order at the 18:30 mark is as follows:

  1. #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro (MCNISH) 269 laps
  2. #8 Toyota RS 030 hybrid (SARAZIN) -1 lap
  3. #7 Toyota RS 030 hybrid (NAKAJIMA) – 2 laps
  4. #3 Audi R18 e-tron quattro (DI GRASSI) -3 laps
  5. #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro (FASSLER) – 11 lapts

2013 24 Hours of Le Mans: 15 hours elapsed

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There has been little change in the lead over the past 15-hours with the #2 Audi R18 continuing to lead the field. The pace through the night was very consistent for the #3 Audi R18 sitting in 4th just behind the two Toyotas. While the #1 Audi R18 continued to work it’s way through the grid and by half-time had achieved 8th, though still over 11 laps behind the leader, they will not go down without a fight. The Toyotas fuel advantage is now quite apparently as well. With the #8 Toyota pitting twice less than the leading Audi and the #7 Toyota three times less. 

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2013 24 Hours of Le Mans: 9 hours elapsed

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Le Mans is a difficult race and today she is showing her ugly side. During the 4th hour Oliver Jarvis in the #3 R18 missed a braking point before the first chicane he was able to recover without incident however he lost some time. Jarvis luck would run short again during the 7th hour he would spin again due to a tire puncture following a collision and he had to take a slow lap back to the pit. Miraculously, Jarvis was able to maintain full control of the R18 and get it back to the pits without any damage. The #3 car has since maintained the 4th spot.

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2013 24 Hours of Le Mans: Race Start and 3 hours elapsed

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During the 3rd lap the #95 Aston Martin driven by Allan Simonsen went off the track at Tertre Rouge. Unfortunately, Allan succumb to his injuries. We offer our deepest sympathies to the Simonsen family and friends. 

The 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans is off to an explosive started André Lotterer driving in the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro quickly took the lead from Allan McNish who had started the race from pole position. Then the Toyotas opened up and started charging to the front after keeping their cards close to the chests all week.

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Fan Guide: 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans

This year there will be several options for viewing this years 90th Le Man 24-Hours. As an Audi fan, this year is gearing up to be incredible with 3 Audi R18 e-tron quattros on the grid. There will be several options for keeping up with the race. We will be updating the front-page as well as our twitter and Instagram feeds as the race progresses.  Continue reading ‘Fan Guide: 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans’

2013 24 Hours of Le Mans: Day 3 – Practice, Meet the Drivers and Night Qualifying

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The Audi’s took to the track Wednesday afternoon for their first practice session since the Le Mans test day. In the typical Le Mans fashion there was a brief downpour that was gone as quickly as it arrived. While the rain was brief is caused lots of trouble for the less experienced teams, the R18s were unfazed, Lotterer, Gené, and Duval went on to set the fastest laps of the day.

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