Audi Press Release
Ingolstadt, March 6, 2015 – In 2015, René Rast competes for the first time in Audi’s LMP program after having previously been very successful in GT3 racing in the Audi R8 LMS ultra. At Le Mans, in June, he will be able to prove that he is physically fit even for the highest demands.
A math example illustrates what is involved at Le Mans: the deceleration on braking in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro can amount to as much as 3g. So, when the driver brakes on entering the chicanes of the famous Hunaudières straight at Le Mans, a massive force acts on him – the 68 kilograms of his own weight, as in the case of René Rast, briefly turns into 204 kilos that then pushes him into the harness. This is clearly more than in a GT3 race car.
The cornering forces of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro put a heavy strain on the body, so Rast has designed his strength training accordingly. “Especially the neck muscles have to be well-developed,” explains the junior driver. “These sections can be trained well by using weights.” René Rast got a taste of his new task last June when he competed in an LMP2 race car of a privateer team at Le Mans.
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