- First fielding of three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars
- Premiere of a new aerodynamic variant
- Last race preparation for the Le Mans 24 Hours
We were at the preview just before the NYIAS. Here is the official unveiling.
Coming off a promising Roar Before the 24 Test early in the month the No. 24 WeatherTech Audi R8 GRAND-AM team is poised for a strong 51st running of the GRAND-AM Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona, Jan. 26-27.
Audi factory drivers, Edoardo Mortara (Italy), Filipe Alburquerque (Portugal), Oliver Jarvis (England) and American Dion von Moltke (Coral Gables, Flor.) are ready to make a run for the coveted Rolex Daytona watches awarded to the winners of the race.
Audi is entering the crucial phase of the season with the momentum of three victories achieved by the R18. At Silverstone (Great Britain), the fourth of eight rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship will be held on August 26.
Boston.com reports that Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was involved in a minor traffic accident in his R8. Ortiz somehow managed to deactivate the traction control system on his White R8 V10 Spyder sending it spiraling into the street after he pressed the accelerator pedal presumably a bit too hard. Nobody was hurt and Ortiz schedule to play tonight.
Breaking: Santa’s Sleigh is actually an @Audi S4! Who needs 8 reindeer when you have 450 horsepower? (Powered by @034Motorsport)
We are excited to throw our support behind two really great petitions aimed at lowering barriers to bringing in cars from overseas. As someone who has been through the NHTSA process of federalization (I brought in the 2001 RS4 shown above several years ago) I can tell you first hand that it is a overly bureaucratic process that is a complete waste of taxpayer money and time. All this to prevent us from getting cars in that are perfectly safe and crash tested at HIGHER STANDARDS then the NHTSA.
Enable NHTSA to accept crash testing by foreign nations that is equal to or better than US Standards.
Stop using Homeland Security funds to seize imported vehicles, and change the DOT/EPA exemption to 15 years.
hat tip to Mark Fank
Dickie Meaden from EVO recently had the chance to learn how to tackle the Italian Misano Circuit from no other than Allan McNish. It wasn’t just about learning to tackle The Misano Circuit in a street car. It’s about learning how to tackle The Misano Circuit in an Audi R18. Dickie was allowed to complete 5 laps in the R18 in the completely untouched Le Mans winning car. There’s all sorts of debris embedded in the car as Audi has a tradition of leaving the cars in the condition that they win the race in.
[Video from EVO]
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