Audi has just revealed their new Le Mans racer, the 2010 R15 TDI, also known as the ‘R15 plus’. Audi hopes this will be the machine to beat the Peugeots at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The ORECA-Matmut team has officially unveiled their Peugeot 908 car to be raced in the Le Mans Series this season and for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Reports are saying that Audi may be working on a new range-topping supercar, something even faster than the R8 V10.
The car would use the same platform as the upcoming replacement to the Lamborghini Murcielago, known as the Jota. Unlike the Jota though, which will be using a V12, the Audi will use a V10 developing around 600hp.
This platform is expected to be based on the platform of the R8, but heavily modified. The car will have plenty of carbon fibre bits to keep the weight down, and a dual-clutch transmission for very quick shifting.
The name used may be the R10. This would be fitting, as the R8 used the name of the old R8 race car, and with the R10 TDI now out of racing, or at least out of Audi’s team, this would follow that same naming pattern.
This R10 will be longer and wider than the R8. Since the underpinnings will be from the Murcielago replacement, expect something about as big as the Murcielago. The car will come with Audi’s quattro AWD system as standard.
It is said that prototypes are already going around the Nurburgring disguised as Lamborghinis, but the car won’t be released until at least 2012.
After some changes to the rules of the Le Mans Series, reports indicate that the Nissan GT-R and Maserati MC12 will be entering the Le Mans Series next season.
Despite a great year in the ALMS, Fernandez Racing and their Acura ARX-01b LMP2 car may not be back next year. They are having issues securing a major sponsor.