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    1. 2012 Le Mans Technical Regulations Announced Including Restrictions for Diesels plus Baretzky's Take



      The ACO has announced technical regulations for the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans and the big news revolves around performance leveling for diesels, specifically 6% less flow on restrictors for diesels.

      While at Le Mans, we spoke to Audi Sport engine czar Ullrich Baretzky about such a development and the German had an interesting take. We'll paraphrase that below, but first here are the 2012 regulations.
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    2. "TDI" Badge Not So Audi Exclusive Says European Court



      According to Autobild via Autoblog.com, Audi (and parent company the Volkswagen Group) have lost a judgement in a European Union court based in Luxembourg whereby the company attempted to tradmark the term 'TDI'.

      Both Audi and Volkswagen have used the TDI tradmark for years and it's become synonymous with the German marques, particularly ...
    3. Video: Allan McNish Speaks about His Le Mans Accident



      We're on a crazy schedule here in Le Mans and will be publishing most of our photos and video interviews following our chance to catch our breath. However, we just attended a press conference with Allan where he spoke about his horrible accident that demolished the #3 Audi R18 TDI in the first hour of the race. We were relieved to hear Allan was unhurt (as was Rocky in the accident that destroyed the #1 car), and shot vide of the ...
    4. Audi TV: A Day in the Life of an Audi Driver



      The incredible feats of physical and mechanical endurance behind Audiís decade-long dominance of the world-famous Le Mans 24-hour race have been brought vividly to life in a spectacular 3D film narrated by British racer Allan McNish.

      Part of a new multi-million-pound campaign created for Audi UK by advertising agency BBH, the two and half minute film will be shown in traditional 2D and 3D formats, the latter marking a first for the Audi brand in the UK. It is intriguingly ...
    5. Pinewood Derby Meets Le Mans: Boy Scout Leader Builds R18 TDI



      A close friend with a kid in Cub Scouts recently let me in on a little secret. Pinewood Derbies can be serious business. Tricks like negative camber (for less frictional loss), hollow axle nails, etc. can cut down times and win an erstwhile Weblo a badge worthy of popping champagne. So we knew the Pinewood class of racer could be hardcore, but were still completely astounded when we laid ...
    6. Allan McNish Blogs & Podcasts Ahead of Audi R18 Race Debut at Spa



      Allan McNish has made a post to his personal blog highlighting his anticipation for this weekend's race debut of the Audi R18 TDI in the 1,000km of Spa. Turns out Spa is one of his all-time favorite tracks and Allan highlights this in the post. Also, he pairs the piece with a quick podcast.

      Read and listen after the ...
    7. New Team Photos for Audi Sport R18 TDI Include Interior Pics, Spotter Guide, w/ R15 & More



      Audi Sport has released a massive amount of photography today, mainly what we expect will be included in the team's media kit at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. We've added more shots to our Paul Ricard Test section of our 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans gallery along with new sections that include Driver Teams, R18 Livery Designs (Spotter Guide Art) and R18 Details. ...
    8. Audi Releases Livery Pictures of R18 Ahead of Sunday's Le Mans Test



      Audi has dropped a collection of photos from a recent test at Paul Riccard of the R18 testing with what appears to be full livery paint schemes. Interestingly, there's more than just the different access colors if these are the final paint schemes as cars like the #3 above seem to have more silver and less exposed carbon than cars like the #1 shown below. ...
    9. #4FACT All-New C7 @Audi A6 3.0 TDI Is 17% More Fuel Efficient than Outgoing A6 3.0 TDI.



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      The All-New C7 @Audi A6 3.0 TDI Is 17% More Fuel Efficient than Outgoing A6 3.0 TDI.

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      Learned during Audi's Lightweight TechDay held in Neckarsulm, Germany following test drive of both the 2011 Audi A6 3.0 TDI quattro and the 2012 Audi A6 3.0 TDI quattro.

      What is a #4FACT?
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    10. Video: On Location at Audi R18 Test in Sebring Florida, 17-Min Packed with Interview & Track Footage



      Since last week when we attended the R18 test at Sebring Raceway following the running of the 12 Hours, we've been doing our best to push out as much content as possible. While we're not quite done (expect a written report and more photos), we've now uploaded a 500 pic photo gallery , some B-Roll footage of the car on track and some interview clips with ...
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