The Race Ends with an Audi Diesel Victory - Le Mans

A diesel wins at Lemans 24 Hours

No.8 Audi Sport Team Joest R10 - The Winner
Photo : Bertrand COUSSEAU - ACO/Nikon

In the final hours of the 74th running of the 24 Heures du Mans, there were no more surprises - unless one counts the unlikely eventuality of the world’s premier endurance race being won by a diesel-engined sports car. Unlikely as it may seem - and it would have been deemed impossible until recently - diesel is not just economical, not merely practical, beyond unexpectedly torquey, it is now a type of engine with a Le Mans win to its name.

Even before the victory of the No.8 Audi Sport Team Joest R10, in the capable, mature hands of Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner, and the third place of its sister No.7 car driven by Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish, the car was changing the face of racing. Peugeot announced it will contest the great race next year with its own V12 diesel, with much the same specifications as Audi’s TDI.b[/b] … 49_gb.html[/quote]

Peugeot made a prototype sports car with a diesel engine. Dunno what happened it.

I’ve driven the 2005 180bhp Audi A4 Quattro 2.5 Tdi (V6) hard in Ireland down twisty roads and it’s very torquey and plenty quick. Excellent brakes and a superb 4WD system. Great car. Does about 30 to the gallon (Imperial) compared to the 1.9 Tdi’s 50+.

Still frugal for a quick 4WD car.

Class winers:

Audi R-10

Corvette C-6

Panoz Esperante

Even more evidence that the future is turbo diesel… :smiley: Impressive stuff though, getting a diesel engine to put out enough useable power to beat off top flight gas engines and keep it up for 24hrs…

Thanks for the links TC… :wink: