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Old 28 Nov 2008, 14:29 (Ref:2343293)   #1
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Audi R15 TDi - the thread

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Audi aims to demonstrate "Vorsprung durch Technik"; specifically in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Audi is just one victory behind Ferrari in the French endurance classic’s all time winners’ list following its eighth victory last June. Only Porsche has more wins at Le Mans.

Audi targets the ninth victory in probably the world’s toughest car race, in which the development of alternative and fuel-saving power concepts are the focus of attention, in June 2009 with a newly developed LMP1 sports car.

The Audi R15 TDI differs significantly from its predecessor, the R10 TDI, at first glance and features many technically innovative details with which Audi aims to maintain its supremacy in Le Mans.

The new Le Mans prototype is equipped with a smaller, lighter and even more efficient TDI engine. During the chassis and aerodynamic development Audi Sport engineers followed similar routes to those exhibited on the current Audi A4 DTM.

"It was clear to us that we must develop a new car if we wanted to continue to be successful in Le Mans," explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich.

"The Audi R15 TDI is the result. The step from R10 to R15 is significantly larger than it was from the R8 to the R10."

" Only the basic concept was carried over from the predecessor model: The R15 TDI is also powered by a TDI engine and is an open-topped roadster. Audi does not wish to release any further details at this time."

The first private tests with the new Le Mans sports car are scheduled for later this year. The R15 TDI will only be presented to the public immediately before its race debut in the 12-hour race in Sebring (USA) on 21 March 2009.

Audi Sport Team Joest will field three new R15 TDI prototypes in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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Old 28 Nov 2008, 14:32 (Ref:2343298)   #2
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"no further details at this time" - boo!

And LMS and ALMS participations (and with what car)...?
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Old 28 Nov 2008, 14:32 (Ref:2343299)   #3
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The new Le Mans prototype is equipped with a smaller, lighter and even more efficient TDI engine.
So V8 or V10 TDI.
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The R10 will be pensioned off in 2008, they confirmed that at Le Mans.
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Old 28 Nov 2008, 14:46 (Ref:2343306)   #5
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Tom Kristensen explains, that the new open car will be more agressive designed, lighter due to the fact that its an open car. The closed 908´s were so much faster at Le Mans, so the new R15 will be designed for agility and ligther weight. Those were the points, were the 908 had its supremacy, beides the better aero.

As to the LMS and the ALMS, it seems doubtful that Audi will be able to compete in both championships. But nothing has been decided. It can alos be mantioned, that Audi will cut 1 DTNM car in its field, so only 9 cars in 2009.

Tom hopes to be able to do the testwork with the R15, but nothing has been decided.
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Keeping it secret until just before Sebring? I wonder if they feel threatened by Acura's progress?
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Old 28 Nov 2008, 14:51 (Ref:2343311)   #7
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If the R15 is light and agile, it makes more sense to participate in ALMS and challenge the normally aspired Acura.
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no le mans series in 2009 for Audi, american le mans series is not fully confirmed...only Sebring.
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It can alos be mantioned, that Audi will cut 1 DTNM car in its field, so only 9 cars in 2009.
Finally they get rid of Futurecom.
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I wonder what could be so groundbreaking about the R15 that they won't let anyone see it until just before Sebring.
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no le mans series in 2009 for Audi, american le mans series is not fully confirmed...only Sebring.
It is expected that the R10 will compete in most of the ALMS this coming year, and their entry for the year has been confirmed.
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I can imagine Audi wants to hide its new aerodynamics, especially their solution for the reduced rear wing.
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Finally they get rid of Futurecom.
Well, they still need a team for the last car..

And VW had Kolles TME test their new F309 F3 racer for them, so not exactly out in the cold yet
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no le mans series in 2009 for Audi, american le mans series is not fully confirmed...only Sebring.
I guess the marketing people prefer ALMS. Better TV coverage and more market potential in USA (especially for TDI technology).
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Well, they still need a team for the last car..
They can go for Mercedes solution where one team (Phoenix or Rosberg) runs 3 cars. And the press release talks about "up to five 2008 cars".
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And VW had Kolles TME test their new F309 F3 racer for them, so not exactly out in the cold yet
VW already confirmed that the newly formed "Kolles & Heinz Union" team will run VW powered car in F3 Euro Serie
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