AWD, Turbodiesel, Hybrid Endurance Racer- Yes, please!

This just blew my mind! Audi’s contender for the 2012 LeMans Series. The Audi R18 e-tron Quattro. (Sounds like something out of ‘Transformers’).

Quoted from Autoblog: “The two are part of the same system, regenerating brake energy (similar to F1’s Kinetic Energy Recovery System) into a flywheel that is then fed back into the front wheels under acceleration,the V6 TDI engine feeds 510 horsepower to the rear wheels for a combined through-the-road all-wheel-drive system. The added weight of the hybrid powertrain is offset by a carbon-fiber gearbox housing, used for the first time in endurance racing.”

Insane! Audi is running two versions of this car, with two ‘traditional’ R18 Ultras at Spa leading to the build up for LeMans.  Toyota’s hybrid contender might want to watch out!