Over in the auto world, the LeMans 24 hour race has a long and prestigious history where manufacturers are always pushing their new engineering and designs in hopes of winning. The advertising that results from a win can be an even bigger win.
All of the car sites are talking at once about the new car Audi is running this year, the R10, and the item of interest to readers of The Kneeslider is the fact that it sports a 5.5 liter twin turbo V12 TDI diesel engine. A diesel will run right alongside all of the other cars in the race competing for the overall win, not some minor class at the back. These are the primary Audi prototypes for the race. The engine has 650 horsepower and 811 foot pounds of torque.
The American LeMans series, a series of shorter races over here in the States, begins running today at the 12 hours of Sebring in Florida. For those wondering if the diesel engine would work in this format of racing, the two Audi R10s qualified one and two.
We keep saying the diesels are coming with the Thunder Star, the Bulldog plus lots of other one off motorcycles that guys are cooking up all over the world. If these Audis start winning, it will be one more nudge to drastically change people’s perceptions of the diesel engine and we can expect to see lots more showing up in response to increasing demand.