Audi as well as Porsche 2016 Le Mans bids scaled back in wake of VW Group emissions scandal
Source : Audi as well as Porsche 2016 Le Mans bids scaled back in wake of VW Group emissions scandal
Le Mans announcement made at unveiling of diesel-hybrid 2016 Audi R18 e-tron quattro
Audi as well as Porsche have scaled down their Le Mans 24 Hour racing programmes as a consequence of cost-cutting associated with the VW Group emissions scandal – as well as as a result British race winner Nick Tandy will not be able to defend his crown with Porsche.
The decision was revealed prior to an Audi event, where its next generation R18 e-tron quattro racer was unveiled (pictured).
A statement read: “inside interest of maximum cost efficiency, Audi as well as its group sister brand, Porsche, have agreed to each compete inside Le Mans 24 Hours – the WEC season’s pinnacle event – with only two instead of the most recent three cars.”
The 2016 Audi R18 e-tron quattro will compete inside LMP1 category, nevertheless right now takes advantage of the entire world Endurance Championship’s (WEC) innovative hybrid rules to compete inside six megajoule hybrid sub-class. In 2015, the item competed inside four megajoule category.
As a result, the diesel-powered R18 will no longer use a flywheel energy storage system as well as mechanical battery set-up. Instead the item will have a front-axle kinetic energy-retrieval system as well as lithium-ion battery arrangement. Petrol-powered rivals Porsche as well as Toyota will both race inside eight megajoule category.
The R18 will be driven by former champions as well as Le Mans winners Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer as well as Marcel Fassler. The second car will be led by former WEC champion Loic Duval as well as Lucas di Grassi as well as Oliver Jarvis.
The drivers of Audi’s third car at Le Mans in 2015, Filipe Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi as well as Rene Rast, have all been told they will remain with the squad as works drivers, nevertheless have no allocated programmes at present.
Porsche has yet to reveal its LMP1 racer, nevertheless has confirmed reigning WEC champions Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley as well as Timo Bernhard will stick together, as well as will be joined in a second car by Romain Dumas, Neel Jani as well as Marc Lieb.
Porsche’s decision leaves both Tandy as well as fellow Le Mans winner Earl Bamber unable to defend their crowns. Third driver Nico Hulkenberg was unlikely to have been part of the team anyway, because he features a race commitment with the Force India F1 team.
There has been no announcement as to whether Tandy or Bamber will continue to be supported in any capacity by Porsche.
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