At Le Castellet, Audi has achieved another important milestone before heading to the Le Mans 24 Hours. Audi Sport Team Joest has traditionally been running a major endurance test on the high-speed track in southern France to prepare for the loads acting on the cars at Le Mans. The Le Mans specification of the latest generation of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro was used in the test, with aerodynamics designed for the high average speeds of more than 240 km/h per lap at Le Mans. All nine Audi LMP race drivers, Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer, Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval, Oliver Jarvis, Filipe Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi and René Rast, plus reserve driver Mike Rockenfeller, shared driving duties, reeling off a total of more than 6,500 test kilometers from Monday to Thursday. “Having checked off every item on our list, plus impeccably performing a 30-minute endurance run, we achieved our aims,” says Chris Reinke, Head of LMP at Audi Sport. “In addition, our drivers were able to gather a lot of driving experience at the wheel of the latest version of our race car. It’s been a successful test.”
Further information about the official fuel consumption figures and official, specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide to fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electricity consumption of new cars,” which is available free of charge from all sales outlets and from DAT (Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH), Hellmuth-Hirth-Strasse 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany (www.dat.de).