The R10 Flies In (& Out) Of The USA
The new Audi R10 made a brief appearance at the Los Angeles Auto
Show yesterday (Jaunuary 3) – with Tom Kristensen and Head
of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich also present.
The diesel-powered prototype was displayed to 350
invited guests, ahead of the opening of the Show.
"Audi tries to do something with the R10 which
no other manufacturer has attempted in motorsport,” explained
Dr Ullrich. "The diesel project is the greatest challenge ever
to have been given to Audi Sport….. for which the best drivers
are required – and Tom (Kristensen) is without a shadow of
a doubt one of the world’s best.”
"We won everything there was to win with the
R8,” said the seven times Le Mans winner. “This era
has come to a close. Now it’s a question of turning the new
R10 into a winning car. Because we are dealing with a completely
new vehicle concept, everybody in the team must give their maximum.
As a racing driver you can’t wish for anything better than
to be involved in such a project from the very beginning.”
The R10 was flown back to Germany immediately after the presentation,
for more testing ahead of its debut at Sebring in March.
Six drivers will drive the two cars entered at Sebring
and Le Mans, but only Tom Kristensen has so far been confirmed to
drive. Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro are known to have driven the
R10 already, as well as the Dane.