June 1st was the official testing day for the upcoming 2014 24 Hours of LeMans, where Audi Sport tested the new generation of its R18 e-tron quattro. Traditionally, the official test day at Le Mans has been the only opportunity for all the teams to set up and drive their cars on the track before the week of events for the 24-hour race begins.
The fact that the 13.629-kilometer circuit at La Sarthe has long sections that are public roads that get closed to road traffic on the test day and during the race week, making it crucial for the teams to take advantage of the testing time to their vehicles for race day.
“This makes it particularly important to use this valuable time systematically, efficiently and thoroughly prepared,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “On June 1, we’ll have eight hours of testing available for a very extensive program. Due to the new regulations even more factors than before have to be considered this year. In addition to the previously known set-up work, the tests will be about achieving the specified consumption targets on this track for the first time.”
Two weeks after test day, Audi will be in the running for the iconic 24-hour race in the western part of France. To date, the brand has clinched twelve victories in the event.