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Published on November 26th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Audi Might Build A Diesel-Hybrid Supercar

Few vehicles can match the efficiency and power of a combination diesel-electric hybrid. Audi has proved as much with a multitude of wins at the always-epic 24 Hours of Le Mans. Now one of the chief executives wants to unite the Audi motorsports and passenger car efforts with a diesel-electric supercar based heavily on the Le Mans champion.

Head of Audi R&D Wolfgang Durheimer was interviewed by AutoExpress. In the interview, he expressed his desire to more effectively link Audi’s racing efforts with its road cars. It is a great move, as Chevrolet has shown with its closely-followed Corvette Racing efforts in the American Le Mans Series.

To whit, an Audi diesel-electric supercar could offer in the realm of 700 horsepower with a KERS/flywheel-hybrid setup. Imagine a super-light carbon-fiber body, one that draws an unmistakable parallel to the Le Mans-winning Audi R18 e-tron hybrid race car. I could see millionaires lying up by the dozens to get a place in line for such a car.

Such a ride would be competing with the Porsche 918 hybrid and the Ferrari Enzo replacement that will boast a V12-hybrid setup, and it would likely be priced in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yet the Audi would be the only diesel-electric supercar in the world, as long as you don’t count the concept-only Peugeot Onyx supercar.

Such a vehicle could step in for the Audi R8 e-tron all-electric supercar, which is rumored to be on the chopping block just months from its promised debut. Talk about a buzzkill. Even if Audi were to greenlight a diesel-electric supercar tomorrow, such a vehicle wouldn’t hit the streets until 2017 at the soonest.

But the potential is there, and Audi certainly has the racing cred to put their motorsports know-how to work on the road.

Source: AutoExpress


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Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn't wrenching or writing, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



  • Jason Carpp

    That’d be awesome, to see a car with a diesel/electric hybrid engine! It may be expensive to produce, and not as many people would buy it as they do gasoline/electric powered cars and trucks, but I’d say it’s something worth checking into. The less diesel it takes to power a car, truck, bus, etc. the less it costs in the long run to fill up the tank.

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