Pic Of The Week: Audi R18

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We generally do our best to respond to popular demand with POTW. So, after Tuesday's story about the new Audi R18 Le Mans challenger's test at Sebring precipitated a gaggle of calls for the car to be made the subject of pic of the week, that's just what we've done.

But instead of the rather unglamorous shots taken at Sebring (yes, the location is pretty exotic, but the photos don't really do it justice), we've gone for this stark but menacing studio shot, which should please the PH detail fiends no end.

The only thing we worry about is that it might seem a little scary when you're at your most delicate. So try not to spill your coffee over your keyboard when you turn your computer on first thing in the morning - which is exactly what happened to us...

It really is quite a menacing sight - you would certainly move out of the way pretty smartly if you were driving a GT2 Porsche and you saw this closing in on you down the Hunaudières straight...

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  • Parsnip 07 Feb 2011

    SimbaWC said:
    Best lap time around Silverstone by a Le Mans prototype was 1m43.475s in Qualifying by the Audi R15 TDi. Fernando Alonso drove the fastest F1 race lap and it was 1m30.874s. Vettel did a 1m29.615s in qualifying.


    http://www.lemans-series.com/data/course/2010/silv...

    http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2010/833/67...
    Round Le Sarthe I have no doubt the cars would be closer - the LMP1s would undoubtedly be slower for a lap, but due to the long periods of open throttle time, where the F1's better aero/brakes/acceleration will count for nothing, it wouldn't be as bad as a place like Silverstone, which compared to Le Sarthe is as twisty as a pile of spaghetti.

    Not to mention that the F1 car wouldn't be able to complete the distance (even if they could refuel it smile)

  • SimbaWC 06 Feb 2011

    130R said:
    Flat2theMat said:
    Would this thing lap any faster than an F1 car?
    No it will be more than 10 seconds a lap slower at somewhere like Silverstone.
    Best lap time around Silverstone by a Le Mans prototype was 1m43.475s in Qualifying by the Audi R15 TDi. Fernando Alonso drove the fastest F1 race lap and it was 1m30.874s. Vettel did a 1m29.615s in qualifying.


    http://www.lemans-series.com/data/course/2010/silv...

    http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2010/833/67...



    Edited by SimbaWC on Sunday 6th February 14:42


    Edited by SimbaWC on Sunday 6th February 14:45

  • to3m 06 Feb 2011

    I wasn't going to reply, but I'd just like to add my lone voice, since nobody else seems to have noticed: this car looks st. If I saw it in my rear view mirror, I would laugh. I actually have some difficulty believing that there were adults involved in the creation of this.

    It's like the hero's car from some nonsense film for teenage boys where the guy's like a cyborg vampire werewolf killer with a trenchcoat and he fights werewolves and sharks and authority figures with a sword and a machinegun that shoots like bullets that have fking FLAMES coming out of the back and in one bit he lights his cigarette off one.

    Not saying I wouldn't take it for a test drive... I'm sure it's awesome from behind the wheel! (Not sure about the visibility at roundabouts though...)

  • Vantagefan 06 Feb 2011

    wildman0609 said:
    Audi sport design and manufacture the car, Joest run the car on behalf of audi sport.

    you're thinking of aston using a lola chassis for 'their' lmp1
    Not any more! http://www.astonmartin.com/thecompany/news?a=cd8cb...

  • hotmelt 06 Feb 2011

    carse said:
    Not as nice as the new 908 IMO.
    But more imposing. Why F1 cars look so anonymous in comparison?

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