Friday, June 20, 2014

AUDI TAKES LE MANS: LESSONS LEARNED!

Jim Resnick, embedded with the Audi Sport team for the 24-hour enduro,  
blogs that a harmonic convergence has occurred between 
racing cars and production vehicles.
The Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race is perhaps the ultimate laboratory for automotive innovation. On the venerable Circuit de la Sarthe, carmakers have field-tested – indeed, torture-tested – systems and technologies that will continue to influence production cars for years after the checkered flag has waved.

The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and Le Mans organizers understand this is, first and foremost, an epic race of automotive endurance. But they also feel they have a greater purpose to further development of energy-efficient cars. More than a simple test of speed, Le Mans is a contest of going faster and farther on a given allotment of fuel: a meritocracy where cylinder count, engine configuration and fuel choice shouldn’t matter.

For Jim’s complete report, please visit http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20140620-learning-lessons-from-le-mans

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