Audi R18 Audi Sport Team Joest 2016
The Audi R18 is a LMP1 class race machine developed by Audi to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championships (WEC).
The first appearance of the race machine dubbed the “R18” was in 2011. This later evolved into the “R18 Ultra” in 2012, and “R18 e-tron Quattro” from 2013-2015, continually evolving over its years in competition. The Audi R18 is the successor to this series, but while it carries over the R18 name, this was a very different machine from the past iterations, developed from scratch.
First, the aerodynamics were greatly revised. The front center section looks like a very narrow version of the high nose section of an F1 machine. Between this and the left and right fenders there is a wing, also like that of a formula car. The shapes of the front and rear fenders were also changed, with positions and sizes of the wheel housing air outlets changed as well. This car had a very different style from that of the previous R18 e-tron Quattro.
Another major difference is the engine. While still a 4L turbocharged diesel, the regenerative energy storage device was changed from an electric flywheel to a lithium-ion battery, and the amount of regenerative energy discharge was increased from 4MJ to 6MJ. The output of the front MGU was also greatly increased from 200 kW (268 HP) to 350 kW (469 HP).
In the 2016 World Endurance Championship Series, 2 cars were entered from Audi Sport Team Joest. The R18 raised constant good results by winning 2 races, placing 2nd in 5 races, and 3rd in 2 races. Ultimately they achieved a respectable 2nd place in the Constructors point rankings for the year. However Audi decided to withdraw from the World Endurance Championship Series at the end of this season.