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Videos: Audi step up development of the 2013 R18 e-tron quattro

Ever wondered what a four wheel hybrid prototype race car sounds and looks like as it zooms by over 210mph? Even if you haven’t , you ought to check out this fantastic video of the 2013 Audi R18 e-tron quattro doing exactly that. I guarantee that you will be impressed.

Now pick your jaw up off the floor as there is more to report. It seems that Audi have developed a new variant of their R18 e-tron quattro by adding a ‘long tail’ to the car. Besides the obvious aesthetic changes to an already beautiful car, you may be asking yourself, “what exactly does this do?”

Well Audi believe that this new addition will help optimize straight-line speed for the high speed sections of the Circuit de la Sarthe, an optimization that may prove to be crucial to winning the 24 hours of Le Mans.

In order to have this car properly dialed in, Audi plan on bringing one of these long tail variants with them to the upcoming 6 hours of Spa that takes place on May 4th. They will run the car alongside two of the normal spec R18 e-tron quattros.

It is pretty clear that Audi aren’t getting complacent with Toyota and are doing their absolute best to ensure that they retain their dominance at Le Mans.

It is clearly evident that sports car racing is at the top of it’s game, especially when considering the changes that have taken place in recent time. The 6 hour event at the legendary Spa Francorchamps will only be the second race in the 2013 World Endurance Championship, and I have to say, it is already shaping out to be a phenomenal season.

Be sure to check out these other videos taken from the recent test at Monza!

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