Sunday, December 8, 2013

FIA WEC: New 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro revealed today

By Johan Laubscher

The new Audi LMP1 challenger was revealed today. A single photo published on the official Audi Sport Facebook page revealed the new race car to the world.

Last week Sunday Audi Sport announced that they would be revealing the new car today, eight days after the final round of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship. This fact was announced along with a photo of Tom Kristensen next to the new covered LMP1 car.

Tom Kristensen teasing the new Audi LMP1 challenger

The new car will retain the name of “Audi R18 e-tron quattro” and will be Audi’s weapon for the 2014 FIA WEC season and the Le Mans 24 Hours. 

The photo that was released today is the first full clear image of the new 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro. Audi Sport teased us all on Monday with a brief split second glimpse of the new car during testing. This glimpse was at the end of the 2013 FIA WEC season highlights video from Audi, which was released via YouTube on Monday. That video can be seen HERE.

Screenshot from the 2013 FIA WEC highlights video from Audi

2014 will be a tremendous year for LMP1, with the prospects of Audi vs Porsche vs Toyota on track…only a few months to go now before these three factory heavyweights begin battle.

The new Audi R18 e-tron quattro will begin testing at Sebring today. The Audi press release can be seen HERE.

Photo credit: Audi Sport Communication / Media