Le Mans » Audi pace Le Mans 24 test day

Tom Kristensen: It was perfect for the whole team to complete the test day with the new car. For me it was the first time since 2003 that I've sat in a Coupe. The efficiency and the work of Audi have really impressed me. You can really feel the aerodynamics and the car is very comfortable. Already now we have gathered valuable information.

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Nanbawan - Unregistered

April 26, 2011 11:04 PM

Really tight competition so far.

I'd say Peugeot would need an edge in pace if they want to challenge the very knowledgeable Joest team management in the LM24 race.

Just Observing - Unregistered

April 27, 2011 12:44 AM

Everyone is missing the big picture... which is once again the ACO has not done enough to ensure they achieve parity between the engine formulas AND reduce the lap times...

ok the pace is some 8 seconds slower than the fastest lap last year... but its STILL 3 seconds faster than the lap time the ACO has set as its benchmark... AND the time the Audi/Peogeot set as on the test day which is never as fast as the Race weekend when the track cleans up and rubbers in...

Personally I woudn't be surprised if by Le Mans the lap times don't drop by at least another 3 seconds

nosense - Unregistered

April 27, 2011 7:04 PM

Well, we all know Audi and Pug tend to hide some horses during "preseason", until Qualifying in June I would not make any prejudge: Appart from the aparent drag parity between both Diesel Coupes...for Audi´s joy. Last season wasn´t different anyway...even if the concepts were diferent. This year with the reduced Torque... Diesel parity seems to be achievable. Petrols have proven again that disparity is written in the rules for a long long future. Is it me or I´m missing an Acura in LPM1??? Is it me or the Nissan P2 engine is on par with most P1 petrol engines??? ACO: bigger restrictors por P1!!!

Audi: impressively quick, especially in the corners where it was very smooth, and the renowned efficiency in producing a new car was apparent, but an attractive looking car! Not amongst all the guys I was with it isn't.

No doubt the vertical fin from the front of the cockpit to the rear wing could make a great advertising hoarding but in the beauty stakes it scores a resounding zero. It should be called the Yaukdi R18 TDI.

Just Observing - Unregistered

April 29, 2011 2:56 AM

The fin is designed to stop some of the aerodynamic roll overs that occurred last year when a car got sideways (monza to name one) but most question its real effectiveness..

Apparently Highcroft didn't come to the test day because there was a issue over the scheduling of the Test day against the Long Beach ALMS round... and there was some issues about when they had to confirm being at the test day and Highcroft was (at the time) still trying to put its budget together for 2011 etc etc...

the Acura didn't HAVE to be at the test day as its a development of a current car not a NEW car... same as why it doesn't need a fin..

Finally, engine restrictors for petrol engines are not enough... there was an interview with Highcroft after Sebring... and they reported (and its been independently verified) that despite the rule stating that cars should take the same amount of time to take on the same amount of energy, the diesel cars were taking up to 6 seconds less to be refueled during a "typi

K. Hayes - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 12:19 AM

Audi is doing well so far, but its been since 2006 since they have qualified 1st. Get your act together Audi! I hope and pray Audi wins and qualify 1st. Audi needs ure speed, reliability, luck and efficiency!!
I am also a fan of the GTE Pro class only because I am a BMW M3 fan as well, so good job for BMW M3 so far, lets hope they have luck, and pure speed and reliability, better year than last year, it would be awesome if BME M3 won in their class!!!

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