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Audi R15 TDI to debut on March 21


Audi is ready to replace the three-peat Le Mans winning R10 TDI with an new oil burner. The R15 TDI diesel racer will make its debut on March 21st at the 12-hour race at Sebring, Florida.

Sebring is an important race by itself, but it is also the test run for the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in June. Audi is the dominant force at Le Mans. It’s taken the podium there every year since 2000 (the Bentley Bentley Speed 8 used a lot of Audi technology including the engine,) so the R15 TDI is an important car to the German manufacturer.

All Audi will say about the R15 is that it has numerous technically innovative detail solutions and differs significantly from its predecessor. "So far the R15 TDI has performed as we expected," explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "Now it must also prove itself in race conditions. Sebring is a particularly hard race and is therefore perfectly suited to reveal even the smallest of weaknesses."

Press release after the jump.

Press release

The eagerly awaited first race of the new diesel sports car from AUDI AG draws ever closer: Audi Sport Team Joest contests the notorious 12-hour race at Sebring, Florida on 21 March with two Audi R15 TDI. The US endurance classic will act as stern test and dress rehearsal for the 24 Hours of Le Mans on 13 /14 June 2009.
 
The new Audi R15 TDI is packed with numerous technically innovative detail solutions and differs significantly from its predecessor model the R10 TDI which was undefeated at Le Mans. The first tests with the new LMP1 prototype have been successfully completed.
 
"So far the R15 TDI has performed as we expected," explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "Now it must also prove itself in race conditions. Sebring is a particularly hard race and is therefore perfectly suited to reveal even the smallest of weaknesses."
 
Proven drivers sit at the wheel of the two new prototypes. One driver line-up is formed by defending Le Mans winners Dindo Capello (Italy), Tom Kristensen (Denmark) and Allan McNish (Scotland). The Germans Lucas Luhr, Mike Rockenfeller and Marco Werner take turns at the wheel of the sister R15 TDI. Audi Sport Team Joest competed last year at Sebring in this formation.
 
Every new Le Mans Prototype from AUDI AG celebrated its race debut at the race track in the heart of Florida. In Audi’s first ever sports car race in 1999
Audi Sport Team Joest claimed a podium position first time out with the Audi R8R. A year later the Audi R8 triumphed on its debut at Sebring. On the premiere of the R10 TDI in 2006 Audi landed the first victory worldwide for a diesel powered sports car in an important endurance race.
 
The brand with the four rings has won the 12-hour race at Sebring, which also forms the opening race of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), a total of eight times, the last time in 2007.



1 comments:

Despite the gearing up for the running of the Daytona 500 I could not be more apathetic towards the world of auto racing. Finding these long cold winter months bearable know that there in infact a light at the end of the tunnel; the running of the 12 hours of sebring on march 22! I can not wait for Audi to release the specs of the new generation P1 racer. Its gonna be a big year for audi with the LMR8 making its débuted in GT1 (I believe). Oh man it would be sweet if both cars finish top of their respected classes. I love the American Le Mans series, so much action on one track at a time. Not to mention how much superior of a form of auto racing its over its retarded cousin NASCAR. Never understood the draw of NASCAR a bunch of similar cars going left. Please that’s not exciting. Throw 4 different classes with cars of varying make and design on the technical road courses. Now that’s exciting. What I really look forwards to is the sebring duel between the Audi and Peugeot diesels in the P1 class. Of course we cant forget about watching the corvettes dominating in GT1, its always fun to watch a corvette spank Ferrari. The action down in GT2 between the porches and Panoz is fun to watch as well, its kind of sad to think a car powered by a ford 5.4 betting a finely tuned porches but hey that’s what makes it fun. Ok well I could ramble on for a while so I’ll stop.

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