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LaLD Car Week: 2013 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro

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.

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.

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