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Audi R18 for 2017: That would have been the Le Mans racer

Audi R18 for 2017 will never be built
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I At least that remains the same for the Audi R18 for 2017 spared the sad fate of a racing car from having been built, but never being allowed to start on the racetrack. Just as the pulped VW Polo WRC will probably fare for the 2017 World Rally Championship.

Model R18 inspires fear

Audi already has its racing car in the wind tunnel for the coming season Tested by Sauber and the chassis and suspensions configured on the computer, but the new R18 will never be built in its original size. The board of directors turned off the power to the WEC project two races before the end of the 2016 season. Why the car will remain a laboratory child, whose potential and performance we will never find out.

After all, there is a 1: 7 model that Audi took a photo of and made available. It can be guessed that the R18 for 2017 would have differed in some details from its predecessor. Obviously: the color scheme. The silver disappears from the cladding, the model R18 inspires fear in black and red. The air grille is missing in the black instead of red nose tip.

In Le Mans, Audi landed on the podium in 2016, had against Porsche and Toyota but nothing to report.

It seems that the wing profile to the right and left of the nose has disappeared, which is still nibbling up to allow as much air as possible under the car to press. The R18 from 2016 still had a characteristic beard around its nose. In two versions: In the low-downforce kit for Le Mans, the beard grew together to form a wing, in the other variation the profile was divided into two parts.

The area behind the front wheel arches also looks different with the predecessor. The wheelhousesthemselves stand extremely upright in the wind. Put simply, you can imagine the purpose of the aerodynamics as follows: The R18 knocks a hole in the air with the steep wheel arches, forcing them into two paths that are particularly effective for the contact pressure. Once around the car past the front wheels into a tunnel in front of the rear wheel arch to feed the diffuser. The other part of the air flows past the nose under the fairing, flowing through the vehicle, which increases efficiency. Because the air can flow cleanly to the stern and there are no obstacles directly in the wind.

The rear wheel arch is much shorter than its predecessor. The Audi engineers cut the rear wing end plates differently. And the R18 would have looked through newly shaped headlights. Yes, if it had been built in its original size and let loose on the racetracks of the world. It's a shame.


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