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Old December 11th   #1
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Switching to a twin turbo diesel V6 TDI motor next year. Whole field is going back to closed cockpit prototypes and the dorsal fin has been added to combat rollovers.
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so when we be able to see it race?
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Wow. That is a very sweet machine. Will it be at Petite Lemans next year? If so, maybe I'll be getting up close and personal with it.
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I'm not sure about when/where it will be racing, but I'd LOVE to see it in person too.
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The amazing thing about the Audi prototypes at Petit Lemans was their sound. When starting and idling, they sounded like a bus. When driving around in the pits, they were pretty quiet without any distinctive sound other than the quiet rumbling of the tdi engine. And on the course, they sounded like a jet plane from all the air--that was all you heard. The c6r Corvettes would have a ground-pounding v8 rumble you could practically feel, and the Audi would fly by the Corvette with this utterly-quiet jet noise. It literally sounded like the sound outside when riding in a regular commercial jet at cruising altitude. And they were so much faster than anything out there. You could just see it.
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More info on the car from Wouter Melissen of www.ultimatecarpage.com:

"Yesterday Audi took the wraps off their highly anticipated new Le Mans challenger, the R18 TDI. Built to comply with the revised regulations, it is a drastic departure from the German manufacturer's highly successful petrol and diesel engined sports cars. The biggest news is that the R18 is a coupe just like the cars from rival Peugeot. A closer look reveals that the aerodynamics package is actually a development of the ultra-low approach of R15 plus that won Le Mans last year. There are bigger changes under the engine cover where a 3.7 litre V6 diesel is found. It may be coupled to a hybrid drive system, which are fully legal from 2011 onwards for the first time, but Audi have not officially confirmed this. Another novelty is the six-speed gearbox, which replaces the five-speed used on Audi's previous diesel cars. Along with the spectacular R18 TDI, Audi also announced their competition plans for 2011. They will race at Sebring with a modified R15 plus and debut the R18 at the Spa Six Hours race, which has become the traditional final dress rehearsal for Le Mans. It will certainly be a very exciting season as for the first time Audi and Peugeot will be fielding brand new cars.

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Audi R18 TDI
http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/car/4...i-R18-TDI.html"
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