Audi's first big motor sport program in 1981 was based on the quattro permanent four-wheel drive. After numerous championship wins and the banning of four-wheel drive in FIA circuit-based racing series for the 1998 season, a model from Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm with four driven wheels now returns to the race tracks -- the Audi R18 e-tron quattro.
Four-wheel drive in an LMP1 sports car: Audi, in its 30 year plus motor sport history, once again makes a pioneering step as the brand with the four rings becomes the first automobile manufacturer ever to field a diesel hybrid at Le Mans. "To develop the hybrid technology for Le Mans is at least as ambitious and challenging as our diesel project was in its early stages," explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "The first test results are very encouraging and we are intrigued to see just how this technology performs in combination with our ultra lightweight technology on the race track at Le Mans."
Follow the link to learn more about Audi's e-tron technology: http://audi.us/MP6uOA
Audi R8 LMS at Daytona
The Audi R8 GRAND-AM will make its debut on the 50th running of the Daytona 24 Hours from January 26 to 29. Teams APR Motorsport and Oryx Racing are each fielding one of the newly developed customer sport race cars in the GT class of the endurance classic.
Having tasted success in many races around the world, now it is time for the Audi R8 to compete in the U.S. Will you be watching this Saturday at 3pm EST?
Follow the link for more info on the R8 here: http://models.audiusa.com/r8
Audi 24 Hours of Le Mans 2011 Thriller
13.854 seconds - the thin line between triumph and defeat, between joy and pain, at the 2011 24 hours of Le Mans. The Audi R18 TDI reached the 10th Le Mans victory in 12 races.
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Acoustic Innovation: e-sound by Audi
Audi's future e-tron models will cover long distances powered by practically silent electric motors. To ensure that pedestrians in urban settings will hear them, the brand has developed a synthetic solution: Audi e-sound.
Sound is an especially exciting aspect of a vehicle. Although it can be described in physical terms, there is no substitute for experiencing it firsthand. A car's sound is emotional, not intellectual. Although we consciously register a car's sounds only occasionally while on the road, they are always there -- playing a crucial role in the driving experience. Sounds send signals. Low-range frequencies suggest power and composure, while mid-range frequencies emit sportiness and agility.
In a series-production Audi, a combustion engine currently supplies the music. Conversely, the motor in an electric-powered e-tron is not an option, as it is too quiet and its high frequencies are not exactly melodious. Audi's e-tron models will therefore feature a synthetic sound signature. Rudolf Halbmeir teamed up with his colleagues Axel Brombach and Dr. Lars Hinrichsen to create it.
The e-sound by Audi may be artificial, but it is authentic. In fact, the e-tron itself generates its sound by the millisecond. Dr. Lars Hinrichsen, the expert for hardware and software, explains: "Data relating to the electric motor's rotational speed, vehicle speed, loads, and other parameters is continuously supplied by the vehicle to the control unit. It then uses this data to generate sound."
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The new Audi R8 teaser
Audi has made its R8 high-performance sports car even more attractive and dynamic. The R8 V10 plus is a new top model in the model series, with a totally new 7-speed S tronic. The LED headlights and the new rear indicator lights with dynamicized display are standard equipment on all variants.
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Supercar is a term used most often to describe an expensive high end car. It has been defined specifically as "a very expensive, fast or powerful car". Stated in more general terms: "it must be very fast, with sporting handling to match", "it should be sleek and eye-catching" and its price should be "one in a rarefied atmosphere of its own".
The supercar can take many forms including limited production specials from an "elite" automaker, standard looking cars made by mainstream companies that hide massive power and performance, as well as models that appeal to "hardcore enthusiasts" from "manufacturers on the fringe of the car industry".
"Supercar" is also a label custom car retrofitters reserve for their showcase, one-of-a-kind project vehicles; typically these are very extensively-modified collectible muscle cars, sports cars or grand touring automobiles updated to the very latest "streetable" racing technology.
Occasionally, the term Hypercar is used for cars that might be considered beyond the definition of "Supercar". This is even more difficult to define.
An advertisement for the Ensign Six, a 6.7 L (410 cu in) high-performance car similar to the Bentley Speed Six, appeared in The Times for 11 November 1920 with the phrase "If you are interested in a supercar, you cannot afford to ignore the claims of the Ensign 6." The Oxford English Dictionary also cites the use of the word in an advertisement for an unnamed car in The Motor dated 3 November 1920, "The Supreme development of the British super-car." and defines the phrase as suggesting "a car superior to all others".
In the United States, the term "supercar" predates the classification of muscle car to describe the "dragstrip bred" affordable mid-size cars of the 1960s and early 1970s that were equipped with large, powerful V8 engines and rear wheel drive. The combination of a potent engine in a lightweight car began with the 1957 Rambler Rebel that was described as a "veritable supercar". "In 1966 the sixties supercar became an official industry trend" as the four domestic automakers "needed to cash in on the supercar market" with eye-catching, heart-stopping cars. Among the numerous examples of the use of the supercar description include the May 1965 issue of the American magazine Car Life, in a road test of the Pontiac GTO, and how "Hurst puts American Motors into the Supercar club with the 390 Rogue" (the SC/Rambler) to fight in "the Supercar street racer gang" market segment. The "SC" in the model name stood for "SuperCar". The supercar market segment included regular production models in different muscle market segments (such as the "economy supercar"), as well as limited edition, documented dealer-converted vehicles.
During the late 20th century, the term supercar was used to describe "a very expensive, fast or powerful car with a centrally located engine", and stated in more general terms: "it must be very fast, with sporting handling to match", "it should be sleek and eye-catching" and its price should be "one in a rarefied atmosphere of its own".
On Bedford Autodrome, tested by Evo Magazine, the R8 was faster than the Lamborghini Gallardo.
The R8 was awarded Best Handling Car and Fastest Car In The World of 2007 by Autocar magazine.
It was awarded SportsCar of the year by German magazine Autobild.
Playboy magazine awarded it Car of The Year for 2008.
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named the R8 Canadian Car of the Year, and, in addition, gave it the Best New Prestige Car and Best New Design awards for model year 2008.
Fifth Gear named the R8 both the Best fast car and the Car of the Year 2007.
Automobile Magazine awarded the R8 the 2008 Automobile of the Year.
The Audi R8 was named 2008 "MSN Car of the Year", with 42% of the votes, beating the Ferrari F430 into 2nd with 13%, and the BMW M3 into 3rd with 11%.
The JB car pages awarded the Audi R8 its maximum rating of 5 stars.
In the 2008 World Car of the Year awards, the R8 was awarded World Performance Car of the Year and World Design Car of the Year.
European Car magazine rated the R8 as Car of the Year.
Motor Klassik readers named the Audi R8 the "Classic Car of the Future 2009" in the Sports Car category.
The Ferrari California is a grand touring sports car. It is a two door "2+2" hard top convertible. The California is powered by front-mid mounted gasoline direct injection 4.3 L (260 cu in) V8 with 460 PS (338 kW; 454 hp). The car revives the "California" name used for the late-1950s Ferrari 250 GT.
Audi R18 e-Tron Hybrid LMP1 PURE SOUND!
Full HD 1080p Video By NM2255: Official Audi Sport test at Monza racetrack the brand new Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro 3.7 liter V6 TDI, the car using hybrid and four wheel drive technology and will participate in the 2012 24 hours of Le Mans.
In this video you can see and hear the car in action with lots of accelerations and fast fly bys!
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2012 Audi R18 Ultra LMP1 SOUND - Test at Monza Circuit
Today I recorded the new Audi R18 Ultra LMP1 during a test day at Monza Circuit, in Italy. Unfortunately I couldn't appreciate how this car is really fast because of the really bad weather conditions. The car is powered by a V6 turbo diesel engine which can produce more than 500 BHP.
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340 km/h Fly Bys - 2013 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro LMP1
Here you are just a short video about the 2013 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro, fitted with the bodywork they'll use for the next 24 hours of Le Mans ("long-tail" version), making some very fast fly bys at Monza Circuit. The track has been modified (the first chicane has been "cutted") for the occasion in order to allow Audi to test their car driving at high speeds for the upcoming 24 hours of Le Mans. If I've done correctly the calculations the R18 was going at about 330 km/h when there are the signs that indicate the braking point before the first chicane so I think it's quite possible to reach 340 km/h before the long turn.
Camcorder: Canon Legria HF M46 + Canon DM-100 Microphone
Event: Test Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro 2013
Where: Autodromo di Monza, Italy
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Le Mans 2012 - Nissan Deltawing debuts at Le Mans
Nissan has released a video of the test at Le Mans. This will be the only chance for entrants to this year's Le Mans 24 Hours to set their cars up for the big race on June 16/17.
For Nissan, the test represented the Company's biggest commitment to the famous French endurance race to date. Nissan will power a quarter of the entire Le Mans 24 Hours field this year, with particular dominance in the LMP2 class, in which 13 out of 20 cars will use Nissan engines. The star of the show was the radical Nissan DeltaWing which aims to complete the legendary endurance race using half the fuel and half the number of tyres of its fellow Le Mans entrants. All of Nissan's key cars performed admirably, with a top 20 place for 2011 LMP2 champion team, Greaves Motorsport, and a trouble-free day of running for the experimental Nissan DeltaWing.
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Audi Quattro Concept official promo - narrated
More confirmation that Audi will be taking the Quattro model to production has surfaced recently.
According to a recent report the Quattro Concept was spotted with design-studio license plates on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California. The car was being escorted to a photo shoot by the California Highway Patrol.
When questioned Audi employees let it slip that the car was, indeed, headed to production.
The result of the video shoot is this video fully edited.
Read more: http://www.worldcarfans.com/110112429733/audi-quattro-confirmed-for-production#ixzz16Q9yIAFC
Audi visions OLED Technology
Berlitz is one of the development engineers who have helped put Audi in the lead in modern automobile lighting technology. LED daytime running lights and headlights are development milestones; the next step forward will be OLED. Displays using this technique have already reached series production maturity in the electronic industry. Berlitz and his team cooperate closely with Audi Design on utilizing OLEDs as exterior lighting for the automobile