Audi pins 2011 sportscar hopes on new coupe

Martyn Collins

The R18 is the latest Audi sports car with which Allan McNish hopes to score his third and the German manufacturer's 10th Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race win next June.

Organisers of Le Mans have ruled that significantly smaller engines must be fitted for the 2011 race, with the aim to reduce power. As such, the R18 is fitted with a brand new 3.7-litre TDI turbocharged diesel engine and six-speed transmission.