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Audi has officially launched its 2012 LMP1 contender, the R18 e-tron quattro. Hiding behind this description is the next generation four-wheel drive, the rear axle being powered conventionally, and the front axle by electric motors. The new Le Mans prototype will make its race debut on May 5 in the 6-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and will fight for overall victory at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 16/17. Audi unites two technologies in a fascinating way to create a new type of drive, which is also already being tested for future use in production cars: e-tron quattro.

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