Audi The First to Plot a Diesel Hybrid Supercar

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Nov.2012 3:41am

Audi says that they are considering a diesel-electric hypercar. The hypercar would be based on the technology from its Le Mans racer and would be placed above the R8 in Audi’s line up.

The hypercar would be a diesel-hybrid, Auto Express released.  Audi is trying to compete with the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1 and Ferrari Enzo to be at the top of the Supercar category.  Audi is say this diesel-hybrid will provide direct technology from the 2012 Audi R18 e-tron Le Mans race car.

“There is definitely room for a super sports car above the R8,” Audi’s new boss of technical development, Wolfgang Durheimer told us. “If we made this a diesel hybrid it could be a hot-seller. What always sells is performance – if it is quick, has low consumption and looks cool, I’m sure it would be a success.”

“This year I watched Audi win Le Mans for the 11th time, and asked myself how do we leverage this diesel-hybrid technology to the road,” he mentioned. “This would deliver that transfer from track to road that I’m always looking for.”

This car seems to still be in the planning phase but is moving fast, Durheimer explains, “With this new job I have much deeper pockets for R&D, in fact I have more ideas than time or engineers to implement them. Later this week I have a planning meeting where we will set out our top three development projects in terms of priority.”

Details on the car are limited but with the extensive platforms and parts to pull from there seems to be no issue with making this car a reality. Look for it to have 700bhp and upwards of 1,000 ft-lb of torque.

There has been no time scale has been laid out yet, but with the new R8 not schedule to arrive until the 2015 calendar you shouldn’t expect to see this Hybrid-Diesel Supercar on the road until 2017 at the very earliest.

John B. | World Car Scene

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