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The R18 TDI is a sportscar designed in 2011 by Audi, according to the Lmp1 regulations, to be engaged in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Endurance Championship.
It is a closed cockpit car, a choice made as a consequence of the rules changes introduced in 2011.
Each area of this car is designed for extreme reduction of weight;the minimum value of 900 kg required by regulations is reached byusing ballasts.
The carbon monocoque chassis is produced in a single-piece; this solution is very light, but also very safe.
The gearbox is 6-speeds, driven electrically, built with large use of carbon fibre composite material.
The complete headlights are made with LEDs.
The diesel engine is a V6, 120°, 3.7 liters displacement; fuel tank capacity is 65 liters. The engine uses a single turbo and exhaust pipe, that exits below the fin. The maximum power is 540 hp with air restrictions according to the rules, and the top speed about 335 kph.
Monza is a very fast circuit, just like Le Mans, so teams often come here for testing before the 24 Hour race.
During these tests, cars don't pass through the first chicane, following the track that was used for races until the early seventies.
*Note from Slot.It*:
Dear Customer, unfortunately, for reasons that are difficult to understand, but that are most likely due to a defective glue of layer in the decal sheet, part of the chromed roof decals used on model SICA24a Audi R18 may appear damaged (wrinkled or detached) on cars currently being in shops. We believe that the issue has developed during transportation, while the decal dried out, as the models had no sign of such problem in production, when we performed our usual quality check.
In order to fix this, we are preparing a repair kit which can be sent free of charge to any customer requesting it. The kit will include two copies of all the necessary parts to replace the damaged decal, to restore the car to the original expected decoration, and will be ready in approximately (on December 19th)
We apologize for the trouble caused. Please rest reassured that the forthcoming Lola Rebellion, Audi CA01-10th, and R18 LeMans winner 2011 (CW12) are not made using the same technique and do not have any of the aforementioned issues.