This title "cry" is however marred was marred by the of Aston Martin pilot Allan Simonsen and bad weather that caused several minor accidents.
THE LE MANS WINNER
Nevertheless Innovation is still the big, big winner of this 82th edition of the iconic Le Mans' race. And it's an Audi hybrid that does it once again following on from last years success.
The three man winning team was Loïc Duval, (France) Allan McNish (Scotland) and last but not least Tom Kristensen, nine times winner of Le Mans six of which were consecutive (Denmark), Audi's diesel-electric hybrid race car finished the race a full lap ahead of the runner up, a Toyota TS0030 driven by Nicolas Lapierre, Kazuki Nakajima and Alexander Wurz. The R18 e-tron logged 348 laps of the Circuit de la Sarthe, which equates to roughly 3,000 miles.
The rear wheels are driven by a 3.7-liter V6 TDI turbodiesel and are not linked to the hybrid setup. Mated to a six-speed electronically-operated sequential gearbox, the oil-burner produces over 626 lb-ft. of torque and about 500 horsepower.
SUSPENSION SYSTEM AUDI-R18 e-Tron-Quattro
CREDIT TO WINNING TEAM-ENGINEERS & PILOTES FROM THE TOP...
Audi credits the hybrid setup for enabling the R18 to beat Toyota and come out on top.
“We owe the twelfth victory of our brand at Le Mans to the consistent, innovative spirit of our engineers, the unconditional commitment of the entire team and the skills and strong nerves of our drivers. On behalf of Audi, I extend my sincere congratulations on this success to all of them,” said Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler.
FROM THE WINNERS HOME PAGES
The future of AudiBegins on the track at Le Mans one learns from Audi motosport website