While there will always be skeptics and naysayers, evidence shows that more and more auto lovers are accepting the benefits of hybrid technology. Where can this proof be found? Throughout the streets of Long Beach and beyond. When the eco-friendly system first emerged, gas-electrics were a rare sight to see. Now, they've conquered suburbs, cities, highways and even motorsports.
Adding a heavy dose of hybrid cred to the automotive racing world, Audi has developed and revealed its R18 e-tron Quattro race car. Though the innovative automaker might not be the first to announce development of a gas-electric racer, Audi is the first to offer up a vehicle "designed to win the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hour Race."1
At this point in time, Circle Audi and other Audi enthusiasts haven't seen the R18 e-tron Quattro in action. But we can tell you that the turbodiesel, electric flywheel hybrid, all-wheel drive prototype is looking pretty darn good. Using its electric motors the R18 variant adds 75 kW (102 bhp) of power to each front wheel while the model's 375 kW (510 bhp) V6 TDI engine sends power to the rear.
In building the R18 e-tron Quattro prototype, Audi does more than show its competitors who's boss. The automaker demonstrates a bold risk in stepping away from the classic Quattro heritage. Of course, Circle Audi would expect nothing less from Audi. Over the years we've watched as the automaker continues to challenge automotive conventionality and produce cutting-edge new Audi vehicles.
Interested to see how the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro fairs on the race track? If so, be sure to stay tuned to Circle Audi at 1919 North Lakewood Boulevard Long Beach, CA 90815. We're dedicated to keeping you informed of all Audi news, providing you with stellar Audi vehicles and supplying whichever Audi parts you might need.