This year, within the World Endurance Championship, we'll have the opportunity to admire the new jewelry piece Audi R18 e-tronquattro. Being a hybrid vehicle, the latest R18 has a single front-axle kinetic energy recovering system and a fly wheel mechanical battery to store the energy left.
According to Cristopher Reinke, Audi LMP1 technical project leader, it was more convenient for the company to run in the 4MJ class with a hybrid car model. Audi driver Andre Lotterer declared that in his run with the Audi R18 there was no such thing as technical issues. His own words are to be mentioned "You can really feel the benefit of the four-wheel-drive now". As competitors seem to get stronger since Toyota and Porche ran in the 6MJ last season, they will announce their hybrid class models next week. We may also be surprised by Nissan's future choice since they have to decide which class their GT-R LM NISMO would fit better in.
With a strong fight between big names and companies, we will see if Audi will manage to get people's attention. Even though, R18 ran just in the 4MJ class, its potential might inspire a better model in the future. Maybe even one based just on electricity. Is Audi following the right path to maintain and improve their success? We'll see, as their creativity brings new innovations into the scene.