Audi has revealed the technical details of its heavily revised 2015-spec R18 e-tron quattro ahead of its race debut in next month’s FIA World Endurance Championship season-opener at Silverstone next month.
The latest generation R18 again features a 4.0-liter V6 turbo diesel, but with a notable improvement in hybrid energy, with a move from the 2 MJ to 4 MJ subclass.
The German manufacturer will enter two R18s in the entire FIA WEC season, with a third factory entry for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
Oliver Jarvis steps up to a full-season drive, replacing nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen at the wheel of the No. 7 car with Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval.
Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler will pilot the No. 8 entry, with Filipe Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi and newcomer Rene Rast set in the third car.