A Debut and Farewell for Audi
It is a debut and a farewell at the same time: the Audi R18 e-tron quattro contests the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh from Florida for the first time on March 16th and, in doing so, makes the legendary racetrack 'home of Quattro.' At the same time, it is provisionally the LMP1 sports car's final appearance in the North American endurance classic.
After Audi customer racing's winning start to the season with the one-two finish for the Audi R8 GRAND-AM in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Audi now targets another victory in the USA - the grueling 12-hour classic at Sebring International Raceway. In the 13 outings to date at Sebring, Audi has claimed 22 podium finishes, including ten overall victories.
Exhibition with winning cars highlighting Audi's motorsport history
The first Audi to win Sebring in 2000 (#78)
and the R18 e-tron quattro.
Audi traditionally uses its involvement in sport prototypes to test new technologies for future applications in production cars. The fans at Sebring can discover this for themselves by embarking on a journey in time through the brand's previous sports car eras. The exhibition shows an Audi R8 (ALMS winner 2002), an Audi R10 TDI (Sebring winner 2007), an Audi R15 TDI (Sebring winner 2009) and an Audi R18 TDI (Sebring winner 2012).
In addition to the active factory drivers, the former Audi drivers and Sebring winners Frank Biela, Dindo Capello, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner will also be present and will be signing autographs, posing for photos and giving interviews for the fans. In this way, Audi thanks the passionate sports car fans in the USA for their long-standing loyalty to the brand. "Without a shadow of a doubt it'll be an emotional race weekend for us because Sebring and its fantastic fans enjoy a very special status in both our motorsport and LMP history," says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich."
"Nothing has changed at Sebring since the days of Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss," stated six-time Sebring winner Tom Kristensen, "so, the challenge is the same as every year: to get through the traffic well, to hustle the car safely and quickly around the very bumpy track - and to win. The whole thing is obviously even more special as this could possibly be the final race in an Audi prototype at Sebring."