2015 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Breaks Cover at Sebring Test

March 2, 2015  Sebring International Raceway, Sebring Florida
  Story by James Edmonds
  Photographs by Thomas Murray  – Updated April 30, 2015

Monday saw the 4MJ updated for 2015 Audi R18 e-tron quattro take its first laps around the historic Sebring track as part of Audi’s now traditional week long test. Also following tradition was the all black carbon fiber roll out livery- the race car’s new suit being being held back for the coming out party later this spring.

No access was given to any of the team on day one so technical data is speculative at present. The powertrain is reputed to be an upgraded version of last year’s and I suspect  Audi Sport will announce a 4MJ hybrid system, up from 2MJ. Whether or not Audi runs its secondary ERS system that was tested last year but then shelved for durability reasons remains to be seen.

What was not in doubt was the pace of the new car. Although on early shakedown runs, the R18 e-tron quattro showed an impressive turn of speed. From our photo spots at the turn 14/15/16 complex and also into turn 1 the car drew smiles from ourselves and the corner workers alike as Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer took turns at the wheel. The most obvious visual differences are the front end treatment with revised aero and new headlights.

With not too much to go on at present, enjoy the images from Thomas Murray who was on hand with me to capture the magic.

The Audi R18 e-tron quattro will make it’s race debut at the opening round of the WEC on April 12th at the Silverstone circuit in England.

2015 Audi R18 in Turn 16 Sebring Raceway
2015 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Breaks Cover at Sebring Test

Images by Thomas Murray

20 Comments on “2015 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Breaks Cover at Sebring Test

  1. World Class automobile on a World Renowned track,.. the way it should be!

    Good luck in 2015.

  2. I’m a corner worker at SIR, it did put a big smile on my face to see it out here again. The car is looking strong, going to be a good season for Audi

    • I cannot believe how fast it was running on Monday, right out of the box!! The new 4MJ Hybrid system is peddling that car faster than ever!

    • Thanks Chris – that’s fantastic! I wish that all the big guns would make a return to our favorite track!

  3. Any chance you could release some bigger versions of these for wallpaper use? They can of course be water-marked, but I’d love to have some in my wallpapers folder.

    • Phil,
      Thank you for the inquiry! Comments and suggestions are always appreciated. We will seriously consider this idea and follow up next week.

      • Great report and great pictures Thomas – As per Phil Oakley if you have any Wallpaper (obviously watermarked ) shots then I’d appreciate as well …….. Sheesh ! it looks so Goddam fast – and I haven’t even seen the rear shots of it yet but they will bound to be just as sexy ! Cheers

        • Thanks Rickee! Shooting the brand new R18 is a rush!! Fassler had the pedal down when I took these shots it is absolutely the fastest R18 iteration yet! I speculate it is a derivative design from last year’s design but with a significant amount of changes that validate it as the fourth new design platform of the R18.

          I’ll let you guys know when I have a screen saver shot or two ready. Right now with Sebring right around the corner we are working feverishly on a recap of last year as well as a new Sebring story packed with more back story history of the event than anyone knows…. stay tuned!

          • Detailed external body/structure changes comparing 2014 to the new 2015 Audi R18 e-tron quattro here:

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  8. Love those action photos. Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you sir! It is great to hear from racing enthusiasts from the Cornhusker state…in Lincoln…on my favorite avenue in the city! Go Big Red! Part Two of the Champion Racing story will be published this weekend after the Monaco GP. All three drivers of the winning team will be featured as well as a technical symphony of engineering etiquette and car prepartion!