Friday Photo – Audi R18 e-tron quattro loose on the streets

EngageSportMode might be all about BTCC this week, but then it’s not everyday you see a prototype race car driving through the city streets. However, residents of Le Mans in France are probably more familiar with it than anyone else in the world.  Le Mans Warm-up 2014 To mark the launch of its latest LMP1 challenger, this week Audi Sport decided to take the R18 e-tron quattro out on the roads from the centre of Le Mans town, to the actual race track itself. Proof that not only is it likely to be an accomplished on-track performer, it’ll also come in quite handy if someone forgets to buy the baguettes come race weekend. Le Mans Warm-up 2014 This year’s R18 e-tron features a bigger V6 TDI engine, up from 3.7 to 4.0 litres, along with an electric turbocharger and an impressive system to recover energy from the heat generated by the exhaust system. On the outside a new, predominantly gloss white colour scheme, features silver and red elements with various parts picked out in special reflective paint. Audi Sport claims that on the move at night, the R18 e-tron quattro will be “particularly impressive” to spectators. Oh, and lest us not forget those scary laser headlights! 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro 003 The 2014 R18 e-tron quattro will get its first full race outing at the World Endurance Championship (WEC) race at Silverstone on April 20th, following the official WEC test on March 28th and 29th.

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