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2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro – Autobahn Born and Bred

2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro

2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro

Cars, like the people that create them have distinct characters. Some of that comes down to the individuals responsible for the design and development and the corporate culture they work in. Other aspects of automotive ethnicity come the places where they were created. Despite the differences between the various German brands, they all share some common DNA, in particular, the way they behave at elevated speeds on highways like the Autobahn. Such is the case for the latest generation Audi A4 that arrived on American shores earlier this year.

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Audi Puts on Impressive Show With Autonomous RS7

However, it didn’t really prove anything other than that the basic technology for self-driving cars is now fairly well understood.  That doesn’t bring the full-function self-driving car any closer to regular use on open roads. That probably won’t happen until the end of the 2020s.

This demonstration was done on a closed course that is well mapped with no other vehicles around. The real issue that Audi and every other manufacturer has to deal with is working out all the kinks of dealing with weather, less than ideal road conditions, system robustness and of course programming ethics into the system.

That’s not something this particular group of engineers had to deal with. Not to take anything away from their achievement, but there is still a huge amount of work to do before we let self-driving cars loose.

Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept


It' looks like the Audis may have a very important advantage over the Toyotas… 1

It' looks like the Audis may have a very important advantage over the Toyotas at Le Mans today. As the cars were doing their second round of pit stops Johnny Mowlem mentioned that the gas-hybrid electric Toyotas were running 10 laps per tank while the diesel diesel-hybrid Audis were able to go 11 laps.

At a race like Le Mans where the track is 8.5 miles long, going an extra lap between stops can make a huge difference over 24 hours. When the cars are being fueled, no other work like tire changes can be done until the fueling is finished. The longer they can run between stops, the better the odds of victory. This has been a critical part of Audis success over the past decade.
#lemans #audi #toyota #fuelefficiency  

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In the second round of World Endurance Championship at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium… 1

In the second round of World Endurance Championship at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium today, Audi debuted its new 2012 versions of the R18 in a dominating performance. Audi ran two each of the R18 Ultra and the R18 e-tron quattro. The Ultra is an updated version of the car that won at 24 hours of Le Mans last year and continues with its twin-turbocharged diesel V6.

The e-tron quattro takes the diesel sports car concept that Audi has been running since 2006 to a whole new level. In addition to the diesel V6 powering the rear wheels, Audi has hybridized the R18 with the same electromechanical flywheel system used so successfully by their corporate cousins at Porsche for the past two years.
http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/alternative-fuel/hybrids/porsche-911-gt3r-hybrid-flywheel

The e-trons with their electrically powered front wheels supplementing the diesel powered rear end, dominated the rainy early part of the race, but as the conditions changed the Ultras made a better choice going straight to slick tires. Ultimately the four Audis crossed the line taking the first positions with the order Ultra/e-tron/Ultra/e-tron.

Toyota is going to have one hell of a battle on its hands next month at the 24 Hours of Le Mans!

#wec #worldendurancechampionship #audi #audir18etronquattron

Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 (Audi Sport Team Joest)Dindo Capello (I), Tom Kristensen (DK), Allan McNish(GB)

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Way back in July 1987 legendary rally driver Walter Röhrl strapped into the 600…

Way back in July 1987 legendary rally driver Walter Röhrl strapped into the 600 hp +Audi USA Quattro Sport S1 at the bottom of the 14 mile Pikes Peak hill climb course in Colorado. 10 minutes and 48 seconds after crossing the start line, Röhrl had set an all-time record for traversing the course.

At the time, the entire course was still comprised of dirt and gravel. In the subsequent years, the road to the sky was gradually paved, a project that was completed prior to the 2011 race. That means that Röhrl's record will stand forever.

This July to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Röhrl's record run, Audi will be bringing him and the car back to Colorado to run the course again.

While I wasn't in Colorado in 1987, I did see the record-setting Quattro in April 2008. I was on a trip to Germany with Audi to drive the then-new A4 Avant and one of our stops was at company headquarters in Ingolstadt. In a remote corner of the sprawling Audi complex was a non-descript 6-story building known as Audi Tradition.

Over near the main factory, Audi has its Forum where customers come to eat gourmet meals and pick up their new cars. A small selection of historic Audi vehicles including race cars and concepts are usually on display in the museum area of the Forum.

However, much of the really cool stuff is in the Tradition building which like GM's Heritage Center is not open to the public. Stashed in this building are several hundred Audi, Auto Union, Horch, DKW and NSU cars and motorcycles that span Audi's 100+ year history.

On the second (or maybe it was the third floor) was a certain white Quattro Sport S1, the very same machine that Röhrl took to the record. When we saw the Quattro the turbocharged five-cylinder engine had been removed. We were told that the clutch in the car had failed and twenty years after it raced, the supplier was not in business and there were no replacement parts available. The support staff at Tradition were working on getting new parts manufactured and now it appears they succeeded.

Hopefully, Röhrl doesn't just cruise up the mountain this year and actually puts up a good show even though his run will just be an exhibition. It's always good to see a classic race car come back.

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It looks like Toyota won't be the only automaker running a hybrid drive race…

It looks like Toyota won't be the only automaker running a hybrid drive race car at Le Mans this year. Audi has just announced that two of the four R18 TDIs will also feature a hybrid drive system.

Audi hasn't announced any technical details yet but there at least a couple of options open to the ten-time winners. They could go with either a battery system like that used in some of their newest production vehicles or get more radical.

At the Petit Le Mans a couple of years ago I asked Audi Motorsport boss Dr Wolfgang Ulrich if they would use the flywheel based system that has been proven so effective by corporate cousins Porsche in the 911 GT3R Hybrid. Dr Ulrich was non-committal but didn't rule out the flywheel system either. We should know more at the end of the month when Audi unveils the new car. http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/alternative-fuel/hybrids/porsche-911-gt3r-hybrid-flywheel

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