Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Six years after changing the landscape of endurance racing with the diesel R10, Audi did it again with the hybrid R18 e-tron Quattro. Audi’s brace of hybrids outdueled the conventional R18s and the rest of the field to take a historic win in the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In 2013, Audi returned with 3 updated R18 e-tron Quattros. The 2013-spec car was the most advanced race car on the planet, with 500 kJ flywheel system, 4-wheel drive, and engine mapping that replicated traction control. Audi would win Le Mans for the 12th time in 14 years.

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The car depicted is the 5th-placed car of Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler, and Benoit Treluyer. The car led early but fell laps behind with a mechanical issue at sundown. This is Spark’s model in 1/43 and it is exceptionally detailed.

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Bonus crappy phone pic of the car when I went to Le Mans in 2013. Audi #1 is leading 35 minutes into the race.
Bonus crappy phone pic of the car when I went to Le Mans in 2013. Audi #1 is leading 35 minutes into the race.

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