Icon – R18 e-tron quattro

Audi's new Le Mans prototype hybrid roller looks set to turn more than a few heads in France this year

Okay. That, looks awesome

A fitting summary indeed, but don't let Audi's shiny new R18 e-tron quattro fool you with its slick looks – it's more than just a pretty face.

What's it packing??

Audi's new roller is its lightest prototype yet and is the world's first Le Mans Prototype to combine a TDI engine with a hybrid system. The R18's rear axle is powered conventionally but the front axle utilises two water-cooled 75kW electric motors which use juice created from braking to power them. A nifty tick we think you'll agree.

 

When can I see it in action?

The R18 will make its debut on May 5 at the Spa-Francorchamps six hour race before competing in the 24 hours Le Mans race on June 16-17, where it looks set to turn more than a few heads. In the meantime, the video below will have to do for the time being.

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