Audi Won Le Mans with 22 Percent Less Diesel Fuel

Audi reached its goal of reducing fuel consumption while competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The company’s R18 e-tron quattro clinched its 2014 Le Mans victory while consuming 22 percent less fuel than its predecessor in 2013.

Audi said it saved energy through the use of technologies such as optimized aerodynamics, 45 kilograms less weight for the race car, a newly developed 4-liter V6 TDI engine, an optimized hybrid system and a new driveline.

Ever since Audi’s TDI era began in racing in 2006, fuel consumption reduction reached 38 percent.

With 13 victories in 16 events Audi has increased its Le Mans success rate to 81.25 percent. No other automobile manufacturer in the history of the race, which has been held since 1923 has clinched such a large number of winners’ trophies in such a short time. Porsche – with a tally of 16 victories – remains the historic record holder. These wins are spread across the period between 1970 and today.

On top of the overall 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours win, Audi, as the most efficient participant, won the Michelin Total Performance Award. Audi car #2 ranked in front of the #1 sister car in the tire manufacturer’s classification.

With 29 pit stops, Audi said it changed the tires of the victorious R18 e-tron quattro eleven times, which meant the winners used only twelve sets of tires, most of which had to last for several stints.

The victorious Audi of Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer required 29 pit stops on its 5,165.391 kilometer drive (3,209.625 miles). The aggregated stopping time was 58 minutes and 12.362 seconds. The German company stated never before has an Audi R18 covered such a long distance at Le Mans within 24 hours.

The victorious Audi achieved an average speed of 214.927 km/h (133.549 mph) on its 379 laps. The fastest race lap was driven by André Lotterer in 3m 22.567s. This equates to an average speed of 242.213 km/h (150.504 mph). For Audi, this marked the tenth fastest race lap at Le Mans.