Ten years ago, Audi’s TDI engine celebrated its premiere in racing. Since then, the brand with the four rings has won the 24-hour race at Le Mans eight times with such an engine. On Thursday, Ulrich Baretzky, Head of Engine Development at Audi Sport, presented the technological innovations of diesel power at a conference in England. The British Institution of Mechanical Engineers had invited renowned representatives of the automotive industry and motorsport to Coventry. Although the current V6 TDI engine of the Audi R18 uses 46.4 percent less fuel at Le Mans than the V12 TDI from 2006, today’s race car, thanks to its more efficient overall concept, achieves better lap times.
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).