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Audi’s Stillborn 2017-Spec R18 Revealed

Scale model of 2017-spec Audi R18 revealed…

Photo: Filipe Albuquerque

Photo: Filipe Albuquerque

A glimpse of what could have been Audi’s most efficient prototype has been revealed, in the form of a scale model of the stillborn 2017-spec R18.

Ex-Audi LMP1 drivers Filipe Albuquerque, Oliver Jarvis and Loic Duval all posted images of the model on social media on Friday, taken during an event in Germany recognizing the German manufacturer’s 18-year run in prototype racing.

The car, which had been under development months before the axing of the program in October, was never fully built, and based on the scale model, featured significant aero updates.

Head of Audi LMP1 Stefan Dreyer proclaimed that it would have been “the car to beat.”

“Obviously it had not tested yet but it was very far in development and very far in getting it built,” Dreyer told Sportscar365.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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