Williams is celebrating its part in Audi's latest success in the Le Mans 24 Hours having provided the hybrid system that helped the new R18 e-tron Quattro to secure a 1-2 finish at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
Williams Hybrid Power produced the innovative electric flywheel technology that was fitted to the two cars, which dominated proceedings in the 80th running of the race and led for the majority of the 24 hours.
Eventually, defending champions Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer emerged victorious to take the first win in the race for the hybrid powered car, with WHP managing director Ian Foley admitting his delight at the success.
'Because of Audi's pedigree at Le Mans there was pressure to get this project right, and to see our technology play a role in this historic triumph is immensely satisfying,” he said.
“Our flywheel technology started its life as a motorsport application and whilst it's since been adapted for a variety of other purposes, motorsport will always be close to our heart and is the ultimate proving ground for our technology. Hopefully we have shown that innovative hybrid systems not only help the environment, but give a race car a fundamental performance boost in terms of power injection and fuel saving.''