Wednesday, March 4, 2015

FIA WEC: Audi Sport testing 2015 Audi R18 e-tron quattro at annual Sebring test

By Johan Laubscher 

Audi Sport has been testing the new 2015 specification Audi R18 e-tron quattro at Sebring in Florida since Monday this week. On Wednesday Audi Sport mentioned the testing* for the first time on its official twitter feed.

The preparations for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, highlighted by the Le Mans 24 Hours in June, are in full swing. Testing at Sebring has become an annual pilgrimage for the Audi Sport squad as they prepare for each season’s sportscar competition. The tough track and favourable winter conditions makes it an ideal testing ground for new race machinery.

Photos from the Sebring test have emerged online since late on Monday and these have revealed a revised Audi R18 e-tron quattro. Exact technical details have not been released, but visually it can be seen that the R18 has undergone many revisions. Most notable is that the front-end of the car has become more aggressive with new air in-take configurations and a new headlight cluster design.

All nine factory Audi Sport drivers are reportedly in Florida for the week of testing. More photos from Sebring can be seen at The Motorsport Diaries website HERE.

It has been a very busy week for Audi Sport. Three days of DTM testing has been taking place at Portimão in Portugal from Monday to Wednesday (pictured above). Two Audi RS 5 DTM cars from Audi Sport, driven by Mattias Ekström and Mike Rockenfeller, joined BMW and Mercedes-Benz for the testing in Portugal.

On Tuesday the busy week for Audi Sport continued with the reveal of the brand new Audi R8 LMS taking place during the Audi Press Conference at the Geneva Motor Show (pictured above).

Two videos featuring the Audi R18 e-tron quattro Sebring testing have been embedded bellow:

*The Audi Motorsport Blog only reports news relating to private/secret Audi Sport testing (LMP1 and DTM) once it has been mentioned by the official Audi Sport communications channels, either in the form of a press release or social media coverage.

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Audi Communications - Motorsport
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