For the first time ever, the 24 Hours of Le Mans was won by a hybrid race car, with Audi taking home its 11th Le Mans win and continuing its utter domination of endurance racing. Despite severely curtailing when and where the hybrids could use their extra power, it was clear from the onset that […]
24 Hours of Le Mans
Lola has built some of the most successful competition cars of the last few decades – and, last month, Lola Cars went into administration … which is British fancy-talk for bankruptcy. Here at Gas 2, we’re fans – and the “Lola Cars Headed for Bankruptcy” post has been sitting in the “unfinished drafts” section of […]
With its low weight, extreme fuel efficiency, and radical engineering, it’s a bit of an understatement to say that we’re big fans of Nissan’s Deltawing LeMans racer here at Gas2. Watching the car get knocked out of contention at this weekend’s LeMans race, then, was tough. As tough as it was on us, it was […]
after 24 hours of big crashes and some brutal racing, the winner was indeed an Audi hybrid, with the car piloted by the team of Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler, and Treluyer Benoit taking the checkered flag. Indeed, the German brand swept the podium, with the second R18 e-tron hybrid taking second place and an Audi R18 Ultra coming in third. But what of the other hybrid/experimental racers?
After weeks of waiting, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is finally here. And it is an extra-special race this year what with hybrid race cars from both Audi and Toyota taking to the field, as well as the experimental Nissan DeltaWing. So far, the hybrid cars are putting on an impressive showing, with the No. 18 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro taking the 1st place pole position during qualifying, following by a non-hybrid Audi R18, and then one of the two Toyota TS030 hybrids. That means of the top three qualifying cars, two were hybrids.