Audi confirmed in late 2020 that it’s quitting Formula E to re-enter endurance racing and newly enter the Dakar rally. And now the German automotive giant has given us a first glimpse at its hybrid Le Mans car for 2023. It is also worth mentioning that just like the automaker’s e-tron GT road car, this Le Mans car is being developed with the help from Porsche. Interesting, given Porsche will be racing in 2023 too. They’re one-two in the list of Le Mans’ most successful ever carmakers, by the way, with 32 wins between them.
At present, Audi has only showcased this rough sketch of what to expect from the endurance racer before it spend 24 hours lapping a French circuit. Insensitive training is set to begin from the 2022 before it its debut at the 2023 Daytona 24 Hours, held in January and a traditional litmus test of cars aiming for Le Mans glory the following June.
“A great strength of the Volkswagen Group is the collaboration of the brands in the development of road cars,” says Julius Seebach, Audi Sport MD. “We are now transferring this proven model to motorsport.” “We have selected a chassis partner and decided on an engine concept. Together with our colleagues from Audi Design, we are currently defining the look which will excite our fans,” says Andreas Roos, Audi Sport’s factory racing boss. “Our goal is for the first prototype to be on its wheels early next year and to complete its roll-out in the first quarter.”