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Old 7 Jun 2010, 15:09 (Ref:2706144)   #1
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Dessert Audi LMP1 Discussion

Murphy recently suggested Audi might leave prototype racing:
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Audi: R15+ Last of the Line?

There have been hints that Audi has decided “the way forward” in sports car racing is in GT, not prototype. If so, that continues a world-wide trend amongst manufacturers. Murphy suspects this recent “golden age of prototypes” may soon be behind us, replaced (he can hope) by a “golden age of GT.”
This is now formally denied by Audi:
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"Downsizing, energy recovery and electric mobility, as well, will play a major part in future events of the Le Mans 24 Hours,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "I can’t imagine a better platform for Audi than this unique race.”

From 2011 forward, new technical regulations prescribing smaller, even more efficient engines will come into force at Le Mans. Audi Sport has already started to work on the successor model of the current R15 TDI under the project name "R18.”
I decided to beat everybody by starting this placeholder thread for future news on the R18

Evidently the main questions are: open or closed, diesel or petrol and hybrid or not.
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Old 7 Jun 2010, 15:37 (Ref:2706161)   #2
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Surely open diesel hybrid with the Williams flywheel that Porsche uses on the GT3 R. I don't think Audi is going to go down the coupe route for this one either.
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Old 7 Jun 2010, 15:43 (Ref:2706165)   #3
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I believe the R18 will be a 6 cylinder TDI bi-turbo with a KERS style system of some sort. I hope they do a closed cockpit but doubt it...
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Old 7 Jun 2010, 15:48 (Ref:2706168)   #4
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I think that we will see Audi choosing to do like Peugeot and produce both a Petrol and Diesel hybrid, selling the slowest to others (like Peugeot and Oreca).
But i think that the Audi R18 in the end will feature a Petrol Hybrid, as, this is what has the main focus of the current world.
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Old 7 Jun 2010, 15:55 (Ref:2706171)   #5
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ACO should just ban diesels. Privateer teams will use a Judd, Zytek, or Acura V8, while the manufacturers can throw all their money at a direct injection 2 liter turbo and a state-of-the-art lithium ion battery/supercap/flywheel hybrid drive train.
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Old 7 Jun 2010, 15:57 (Ref:2706172)   #6
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R18 - great news!!!

sorry to say this but looking at the 2011 LMP1 regulations there appears to be only 1 clear route for a manufacturer in terms of the best performance advantage over the rest of the field........I expect audi and Peugeot to go down the 3.7 Litre V8 diesel route, because it will have a significant torque advantage over a 2.0 gasoline engine, but untill they announce the restrictor and boost pressures I'm just guessing.......I really dont expect any manufacturer / OEM to go down the 3.4 NA route for a significant works programme, yes there will be the likes of Judd/Zytek.......even HPD are making significant noises that they are developing a bespoke turbo V6 for IRL which will quite likley carry accross to LMP1.......well thatsmy 2 pence worth for today.......great news tho!
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Aston Martin have designed a new 3.4l V8 while WR are designing a Peugeot 3.7l V8 diesel for customers.

If Aston Martin incorporate hybrid technology they should be front runners next season.

Any manufactuer has to take full advantage of the regulations to beat Audi and Peugeot.
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VAG's future decisions will obviously be related (forget the stupid header): http://brisbanetimes.drive.com.au/mo...0519-vcy8.html

Idea of a Audi even possibly leaving is shocking but as long as some other brand (*cough* Porsche) from the family has interest in LMP racing...

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If VW enters F1, it will be as engine supplier and earliest in 2013.

In fact, you could argue that it is in their own interest to continue in LMP racing. They need to gain experience in designing a KERS system.
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Aston Martin have designed a new 3.4l V8 while WR are designing a Peugeot 3.7l V8 diesel for customers.
WR is making a big deal out of this not being a Peugeot engine, but only a Peugeot based engine, but it will be redesigned almost completely so it will be called a WR 3,7 V8.
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Reading the Autosport Le Mans Guide they seem to confirm ORECA are buiding a new factory Peugeot engined car.

For 2011 there could potentially be 3 factory Peugeot 909's, 2 ORECA Peugeots and 2 WR's with their Peugeot based engine.
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I hope, in the long run, we'll see the Le Mans EVO plans again. Maybe Audi/Porsche/Peugeot/Aston Martin are interested in cars like this Corvette LMP1 render the ACO showed few years ago... Probably it's just daydreaming but still .

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Wow, 2011 is going to be a MASSIVE year for sportscars, new cars all round! Looking forward to seeing the new Aston, espacially if it's an open car!
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Wow, 2011 is going to be a MASSIVE year for sportscars, new cars all round! Looking forward to seeing the new Aston, espacially if it's an open car!
Or a catastrophic, if all the new cars uses 4-5 hours getting repaired or don't finishes at all!
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Considering that Aston Martin and Peugeot will bring open prototypes I will guess that audi, with the R18 car, will bring a fantastic surprise:
Closed car!!!!!


who knows!!!!! something inspired in the Audi R25 EPI LE MANS
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