Audi says it’s ready for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, which kicks off this Sunday with the 12 Hours of Silverstone in the United Kingdom. The team has made some thorough revisions to its R18 e-tron quattro in the off season and will be looking to reclaim the championship title, which it won in 2012 and 2013 but lost out on to Toyota last season.
According to Audi, its new e-tron quattro is “more powerful and more efficient than ever before,” with double the amount of electric energy, improved aerodynamics and a revised chassis. The team completed 10,000 test kilometers (about 6,200 miles) in the new car during the off-season and also tested the car at the recent FIA WEC Prologue pre-season event held last weekend.
“Audi is ready for the 2015 season. It’ll be tougher this year than ever before,” said Head of Audi Motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “At the Prologue at Le Castellet, we met with our opponents for the first time in the 2015 season and were able to see that everyone is thoroughly prepared – even though nobody put their cards on the table there. Our aim is to win again at Silverstone, like we did in 2012 and 2013.”
Audi’s winning drivers from Silverstone in 2012, Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer, will drive the No. 7 R18 e-tron quattro at Silverstone this weekend, while Loic Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis will be behind the wheel of car No. 8. The team is pulling for a win at the track, which would add to their lengthy list of five wins there.