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Endurance Racing

The Audi team proved that it knows how to win

For the last decade and a half, Audi has dominated the World Endurance Championship racing. It would be easy to dismiss yesterday's 13th Le Mans 24 Hour Race win for the company in 16 years as "same stuff, different year." In that time, it has significantly changed the world's perception of both diesel engines and hybrid power trains. Yet yesterday's win is probably its finest achievement.  Read More

Opening its 2014 WEC campaign with back-to-back wins has been a dream start for Toyota, th...

Revamped regulations for the 2014 World Endurance Championship (WEC) have placed new emphasis on hybrid drive models and energy efficiency. This high-speed clash of cutting-edge hybrid technologies has seen all eyes fixed firmly on three mainstays of automotive engineering: a resurgent Porsche, the all-conquering Audi and hybrid trailblazer Toyota. The latest event took place on the weekend at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, with the TS040 Hybrid outperforming and outlasting its counterparts to secure the Toyota team its second victory in as many starts. The battle of the hybrids is on!  Read More

The new Audi R18 LMP1 sports car

Since its first attempt in 1999, Audi has won the Le Mans 24 hour race nine times with the R8, R10 TDI and R15 TDI, equaling Ferrari’s all-time win record. Last Friday it unveiled the new R18, a closed carbon fiber monocoque coupe specifically developed for Le Mans with a 3.7-liter V6 TDI engine and another first for endurance racing – all-LED headlights.  Read More

Peugeot's 908 HDi FAP

June 15, 2007 Since the invention of the automobile, winning on Sunday has meant selling lots of cars on Monday and beyond and this weekend’s running of the fabled Le Mans 24 hour race looks set to influence a lot of sales over the coming decade. Last year Audi’s R10 diesel race car used its frugal fuel consumption, 650 bhp and 1100 nm of torque to win every race it entered. Peugeot meanwhile have been developing a diesel car too – with 700 bhp and 1200 nm. This weekend they face each other for the first time. Astoundingly, the Peugeot has taken first and third grid positions in qualifying. Read on for the background and where you can watch the 24 Heures du Mans unfold.  Read More

BMW Motorrad ready to return to Le Mans

April 3, 2007 BMW has already shown in its short time as a Formula One constructor that it has the wherewithal to play at the ultimate level and news this week that it will begin competing in motorcycle endurance racing is hence of great significance. On 21st April 2007, the legendary "24-heures moto" races off to yet another blinding start, but with one small but significant historic difference: after an absence of 50 years from competitive road racing, a BMW Motorrad factory team will be on the grid.  Read More

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