Monday, November 26, 2012

AUDI ~ Diesel Hybrid Supercar?

Audi is considering a diesel-electric hypercar, using technology from its Le Mans racer, to sit above the R8 in the range

Audi is considering producing a diesel-hybrid hypercar to sit above the R8 in the line-up, Auto Express has learned. It will compete with the Porsche 918 SpyderMcLaren P1 and Ferrari Enzo replacement at the very top of the supercar segment, and will provide a direct transfer of technology from the 2012 Audi R18 e-tron Le Mans-winning race car.
“There is definitely room for a super sports car above the R8,” Audi’s new boss of technical development, Wolfgang Durheimer told us. “If we made this a diesel hybrid it could be a hot-seller. What always sells is performance - if it is quick, has low consumption and looks cool, I’m sure it would be a success.”
You don’t have to look far to realise where Durheimer - who also heads up the strategic motorsport plan for the entire VW Group - took his inspiration for this radical new halo model. “This year I watched Audi win Le Mans for the 11th time, and asked myself how do we leverage this diesel-hybrid technology to the road,” he revealed. “This would deliver that transfer from track to road that I’m always looking for.”
It’s an idea that’s still firmly in the theoretical stage at this time, but things could move fast. “With this new job I have much deeper pockets for R&D, in fact I have more ideas than time or engineers to implement them. Later this week I have a planning meeting where we will set out our top three development projects in terms of priority,” Durheimer explained.

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