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Audi unveils new R18 Le Mans racer

Audi has revealed its 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours car - the R18.

The most powerful and efficient race car Audi has ever built has been 'fundamentally re-designed' by Audi Sport. Featuring 'innovative aerodynamics' representing the next stage in lightweight design and a modified hybrid system with lithium-ion batteries for energy storage, there is also an efficiency-optimised TDI engine.

"With our new Audi R18, we're setting a clear signal: Audi continues to put the pedal to the metal in motorsport, deliberately relying on TDI - the world's most successful automotive efficiency technology - at Le Mans," says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.

In the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) that will start at Silverstone (Great Britain) on April 17, Audi Sport Team Joest will be fielding two new Audi R18 cars. In the interest of maximum cost efficiency, Audi and its Group sister brand Porsche, have both agreed to each compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours, the WEC season's pinnacle event, with only two instead of the most recent three cars.

"We're proud about being able to again represent the Audi brand in 2016 with such an extensive commitment in motorsport," says Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "The new Audi R18 marks a major step that we're expecting a lot of at Le Mans and in the WEC. In the DTM, we already had the strongest car in 2015. That's what we'd like to build upon. Plus, the high demand for the new Audi R8 LMS is equally gratifying as the many young talents that are interested in the Audi Sport TT Cup."

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Audi Q7 gets new diesel engine

A new 218PS version of the Audi's 3.0-litre TDI engine has been added to the new Q7 range.

Joining the 272PS version of the V6 diesel unit, the new lower output option is capable of returning over 49mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 148g/km. 

The EU6-compliant unit's 218PS, available from 3,250rpm through to 4,750rpm, and the 500Nm peak torque, delivered between 1,250rpm and 3,000rpm, are converted by the eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission into a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 134mph. 

The new Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro 218PS is available in SE and S line specification. Fitted with 19- and 20-inch alloy wheels respectively, these can deliver up to 48.7mpg according to the combined cycle test, equating to CO2 output of 150g/km. Customers who choose the SE, can also specify a smaller 18-inch wheel as an alternative to further reduce consumption and emissions to 49.6mpg and 148g/km. 

Priced from £47,755 OTR, the new The 218PS version of the Q7 is due to reach UK customers in October.