Having lost both the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans race to Porsche in 2015 — the latter for the first time in six years — Audi has developed a new iteration of its successful R18 e-tron. Launched at the Audi Sport Finale at the Audi Training Center in Munich in late November, the race car has now been spotted while being tested at the Sebring Raceway in the United States.

The R18’s appearance at Sebring is a bit awkward given that the venue isn’t part of the World Endurance Championship, but Audi is probably using the track’s complex configuration to further tune the hybrid’s chassis. It’s important to note that the Germans are very familiar with the circuit, with several

powered taking part in the 12 Hours of Sebring on a regular basis.

Testing is likely to occur until March 2016, so chances are that we will see the R18 on other race tracks in Europe and Asia as well. This year’s WEC season debuts on April 17th with the 6 Hours of Silverstone and ends on November 19th with the 6 Hours of Bahrain. This years calendar will include one new event, the 6 Hours of Mexico City, taking the total number of races to nine. The highlight of the season, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is scheduled to take place on June 18th and 19th.

Hit "play" to watch the new Audi R18, which employs a new design and uses an updated hybrid drivetrain, in action at Sebring Raceway.

Audi R18

2016 Audi R18 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the Audi R18 here.

Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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