While you might not necessarily think of Le Mans as a measure of a quality car, improvements made to racing vehicles often make their way into consumer cars at some stage.
This is why the 12th victory for Audi at Le Mans – a race it only debuted in during 1999 – is important to take note of. Audi won the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours with the R18 e-tron Quattro, but has also won the event 12 times since celebrating its first victory in 2000.
Perhaps key for motorists to note is the efficiency of the car. The victorious Audi R18 e-tron quattro with drivers Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish made 34 pit stops at Le Mans and required 47 minutes and 14.799 seconds for them. With permitted fuel tank capacity of 58 litres, a maximum of 1,972 litres of diesel fuel was available at the stops. The Toyota –which came in second place of the race – required 43 minutes and 20.111 seconds for 30 stops but, due to a fuel tank capacity of 76 litres was able to refuel up to 2,280 litres. Filling up in four minutes fewer and requiring 302 litres more fuel.
It is clear, therefore, that Audi was not only faster but was more efficient as well.
If you want to enjoy the same victorious technology as racing drivers Duval, Kristensen and McNish, you can lease the Audi Tt Roadster. This 2.0 litre TDI Quattro S line model comes with a 0 – 62mph speed of 7.7 seconds. Fuel economy stands at a reasonable 51.4 mpg and CO2 emissions are just 144 g/km.
You can get your hands on it as a personal lease for just £436.97 per month, but if you’re leasing through a business it’ll be just £364.14 per month. Following an initial deposit of less than £2,700 for a 48 month contract, it’s an affordable option for those of you who want to feel the wind in your hair.
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