2014 LeMans Preview: LMP Super Gallery (16 Photos)

Like no other form of motorsport, LeMans combines the very best of high-efficiency technology, fuel savings, aerodynamic wizardry, and outright speed. Here’s what 2014 is gonna look like!

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Audi Sport Quattro Concept Could Be A Plug-In Hybrid

While Audi may have lagged behind some other luxury automakers when it comes to adapting alternative fuels and drivetrains, they seem just about ready to roll out with a vengeance. Rumor has it that a new Audi Sport Quattro concept will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month, and it could boast a 400 horsepower twin-turbo V8 with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

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Video of R18 e-tron Testing At Monza

At the 24 Hours of LeMans races, there are various different types of prototype vehicles, including diesel and hybrid-electric ones. The Le Mans-winning Audi R18 e-tron Quattro is shown here during testing at the Monza race track, reaching speeds of up to 210 mph! It exhibits a highly unique sound resembling that of a jet engine and uses a KERS hybrid system to beat out the competition. It is also loud (for those which enjoy that).

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Audi Diesel-Electric Hypercar Confirmed

We are on the cusp of a new era of automotive performance, with major automakers embracing a new mindset when it comes to hybrid vehicles. Rumors have been swirling that Audi wants to embrace hybrids with a new diesel-electric hypercar slotted above the Audi R8, and it seems to be all but confirmed for production…eventually.

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