The Audi R10 TDI is an LMP1 race car that ushered in a new era in endurance competition with its 5.5 Liter V12 turbo diesel power plant, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the ALMS every year it was produced from 2006 thru 2008, until it was succeeded by the Audi R15 TDI. Due to favorable regulations governing restrictors on the alternatively fueled vehicles, Audi capitalized on the opportunity and Peugeot soon followed suit with the 908 HDi making for many memorable battles.
A few months ago, we first learned that Audi was planning a new supercar inspired by the automaker’s very successful LeMans racecar, the R18, and that it would feature a hybrid powertrain. Initial rumors suggested the model could be named R20,. New rumors are now pointing toward the new supercar being called the R10, which makes more sense to us, considering it will sit right above the upcoming second-generation R8. With this new rumor comes an all-new rendering for you to enjoy (above).
The R10 is rumored to combine a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine driving the rear wheels with a pair of electric motors driving the front wheels. The total output will be in the 600-horsepower area.
Ok, so how we designed our rendering? We started with an R8 and increased the proportions to make it more hypercar-ish. The front is enhanced with design elements from the e-tron Concept and quattro Concept, while the A-pillars are inspired by the R18 racecar.
Why do we think this car will really happen? Because Audi spent lots of money on the R8 E-tron that won’t make it to production because of the current market situation and all the things they have learned designing it need to be used somewhere.
However, don’t expect to hit up your local Audi dealer for one next year, as the R10 is currently in the product-evaluation stage and likely won’t arrive until 2016 or 2017.
Click past the jump to read more on the Audi R10 and its history
At the end of November it was speculated that Audi may unveil a R10 diesel supercar, but we took that with a grain of salt. To our surprise, Audi quattro gmbh boss, Franciscus Van Meel, has confirmed that such a model is indeed under development and he offered new details on it.
According to Van Meel, the new diesel supercar will be completely different than the R8 and will help transfer Audi’s Le Mans-winning race technology to the road. The model will be "the absolute best supercar" and according to Van Meel will be "better than the forthcoming McLaren P1."
He offered no details on the engine, but we expect it to fall be somewhere around 700 horsepower and at least 737 pound-feet of torque. Depending on its weight and aerodynamics, that would give it a 0-to-60 mph sprint time in the 3-second range and top it out in the in the 200 mph range. If realized, these numbers will make the upcoming Audi diesel supercar better than three upcoming monsters: Porsche 918, Ferrari Enzo successor and McLaren P1. With all of that power means that this diesel supercar would likely come in near the €1 million mark.
When Audi unveiled the R8 V12 TDI concept at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, everyone was impressed by its imposing design and hoped that the diesel supercar would find its way into Audi’s lineup. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and the only V12 TDI model that remains is the Q7 SUV, which is only in the European market.
It looks like the idea isn’t completely off the table yet, as rumors are afloat that Audi is indeed working on a Le Mans-inspired hybrid-diesel supercar that will sit atop its lineup. Audi insiders have suggested that this new model could be called R10 and that it may be offered as a road-going version of the R18 e-Tron quattro.
While no details have been offered on the R10’s diesel engine, one thing is for sure; it won’t be the V-12, as it was deemed too heavy and its 700-plus pound-feet of torque was a little much for Audi’s existing line of transmissions.
Stay tuned for more details on this possible R10 supercar!
Audi brought forth the R8 as a competitor for the Lamborghini Gallardo, so wouldn’t it be appropriate for the Aventador LP700-4 to get its own rival? Bembli Design, a student at the Transportation Design (with Audi and Lamborghini) at the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan, Italy surely thinks so as he has gone back to the drawing board with his original R10 rendering and given it a little facelift for the occasion.
When Bembli first designed the R10, his vision was for it to be the next Audi supercar and placed above the current R8 in Audi’s line-up. It is a supercar that weighs about 2,645 lbs and was designed to be powered by a V10 engine. Bembli didn’t mention anything about a possible output, but while the R8 V10 delivers a total of 525 HP, we imagine the R10 will reach up to about 600 HP. Add in the proposed intense use of carbon fiber and the R10 should be able to hit up to about 210 mph.
Audi hasn’t bitten yet, but this facelift may just be the ticket to get their attention.
The Audi R8 has been one of the most sough-after supercars on the planet to day so you can say that the when the its time ends, the pressure is on Audi to have something that can exceed the R8’s successful run.
23-year old industrial design student Marouane Bembli recently released his own take on what Audi’s next supercar will invariably look like.
At first glance, Bembli’s take on the R10 looks like a sure winner. It doesn’t take away too much from the styling elements of the R8 with the exception of a wider and more curvaceous body. If there’s one thing that caught our attention, we felt that those doors could’ve been made a little bigger, but that’s just nit-picking on our part.
Overall, Bembli’s work is something we feel Audi should take a look at. He even outfitted it with a mid-mounted V10 engine with a dry weight of just over 1200 kilos.
At the 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours on 14/15 June, the three Audi R10 TDI prototypes entered by Audi Sport Team Joest will race for the first time with the next generation of Biofuel manufactured from Biowaste and promising a reduction in the emission of CO2 by almost 90 per cent when compared with traditional diesel.
Audi fields the 650-hp plus R10 TDI, which has already won the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans twice, in sportscar races since 2006. Shell V-Power Diesel race fuel produced by development partner Shell has been used since the very beginning. It’s a particularly powerful and efficient synthetic fuel which is created from Natural Gas in a process called Gas To Liquids (GTL). Fuels with these components are already available at the pumps.
For the third appearance of the Audi R10 TDI at Le Mans, a small amount of Biofuel of the next generation is mixed for the first time with the previously well-proven GTL components: BTL (Biomass To Liquids), as it is officially called, is extracted from Biowaste that is unfit for use in foodstuffs, for example from waste wood. BTL promises a reduction in the amount of CO2 emission by almost 90 per cent compared to traditional diesel.
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