March 20, 2006
Audi becomes first diesel to win major sports car race
Audi R10. Click image to enlarge
Ingoldstadt, Germany – Audi has won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with its Audio R10 TDI, which has become the world’s first diesel car to win a major sports car race. The company has used Sebring as a test for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, and has tested the vehicle in motorsports to increase its technology advantages in commercial diesel engines. Worldwide, one out of every two Audis sold carries a diesel engine.
The Audi R10 TDI is powered by an all-new, all-aluminum 5.5-litre twelve-cylinder bi-turbo engine that delivers more than 650 hp and over 812 lb-ft of torque. It is the first Audi diesel engine with an aluminum crankcase.