Whereas silver was the dominant color of the Audi R15 TDI last year, the 2010 model boasts a radical new design that features has more red. In addition, large areas of the Le Mans race sports car that is now internally designated as “R15 plus” will be kept in a purist black carbon-fiber look.
The 2010 version of the Audi R15 TDI completed a roll-out at the Audi test track in Neustadt at the beginning of the March. The prototype was subsequently flown to the USA for initial tests which primarily featured with aerodynamics trials. A five-day endurance test followed at Sebring (Florida) at which was about 5 500 kilometers were reeled off without any technical problems worth mentioning.
It is planned to field the R15 plus with chassis number 202. Audi Sport Team Joest has nominated Dindo Capello (Italy), Tom Kristensen (Denmark) and Allan McNish (Scotland) as drivers. “However, we will only decide whether all three drivers will actually race at short notice,” says Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.