Audi going hybrid at Le Mans

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Audi Le Mans car
At the end of February Audi is set to reveal its all-new Le Mans series car. It's not like its world crushing diesel efforts of years gone by. It seems Audi's gone all Toyota on us: its new car will be a hybrid.

Audi is fielding two cars for the majority of the Le Mans season but will be adding another two into the mix for a few races – most importantly the 80th annual Le Mans 24 hour race in the summer.

The cars at Le Mans will be numbered 1-4, with numbers one and two being the hybrid cars.

Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich commented: "The first test results are very encouraging and we are intrigued to see just how this technology performs in combination with our ultra lightweight technology on the race track at Le Mans.

"As before, we still, however, see potential with the conventional drive - just as our colleagues do in production development. This is why we are absolutely delighted that the ACO and FIA selection committee has accepted our entries and that we can join the grid with four cars at the commemorative running of the Le Mans race."

Audi will be fielding two British drivers this year – Allan McNish (42) who has won the race on two occasions and suffered a spectacular crash at last year's event, and Oliver Jarvis from Cambridge.

The other two drivers are Germany's Timo Bernhard and André Lotterer.

As Peugeot has removed its hat from the ring (as it were) there won't be an epic Germany V France diesel battle, but as Toyota is entering the competition with a new hybrid racer we may see an exciting, competitive race yet.