Audi’s victorious hybrid sports car designated as car number 2 used 22 percent less fuel per 100 kilometres than the 2013 R18 e-tron quattro. Ever since the TDI era began in racing in 2006 this has resulted in a 38-percent consumption reduction. With that, Audi has again raised the benchmark. Audi saved energy through the use of its optimized aerodynamics, a reduction of weight in the car and a newly developed 4-litre V6 TDI engine matted to an optimized hybrid system and driveline.
With 13 victories in 16 events Audi no other automobile manufacturer in the history of the race has clinched such a large number of winners’ trophies in such a short time. In addition to the 13 winners’ trophies achieved since 1999, the brand has clinched seven second and eleven third places.
In addition to the winners’ trophy Audi won the Michelin Total Performance Award as the most efficient participant in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours. At 29 pit stops, Audi changed the tires of the victorious R18 e-tron quattro eleven times, which meant the winners used only twelve sets of tires throughout the course of the race.
The victorious Audi of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer & Benoît Tréluyer required 29 pit stops on its 5,165.391 kilometre drive. The aggregated stopping time was 58 minutes and 12.362 seconds. Never before has an Audi R18 covered such a long distance at Le Mans within 24 hours. The drivers achieved an average speed of 214.927 km/h on its 379 laps. However the fastest race lap was driven by André Lotterer in 3m 22.567s. This equates to a speed of 242.213 km/h. The victorious Audi trio celebrated its success together with the British race engineer Leena Gade for the third time.