Audi will test all three R18s at Le Mans Audi Sport Team Joest technical director Ralf Jüttner said on Monday that the team will test its three new R18 TDI cars at the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day on April 24.
Two of the R18s made their debut during testing at Sebring International Raceway in January. The Le Mans test day, which returns after a two-year absence as a result of economic concerns, will include all three R18 chassis. "According to the regulations, we only have to appear at the test with one car ," Jüttner said. "However, we will test all three R18 TDI cars. We'll complete a different program with each of the cars in order to learn as much as possible about the aerodynamics, tires, setup and other subjects."
The Le Mans test day was normally held two weeks before the 24-hour race in June. But this year it will take place more than a month before the epic race, giving teams times to make important changes.
"In this [two-week] period it wasn't possible to change much," Jüttner said. "Now there is more time to react."
He added: "We'll be able to get through a lot of valuable work there. The track is unique and the circuit cannot be used permanently. Every kilometer is worth its weight in gold."
Seventy-six cars have registered for the 2011 Le Mans Test Day, which is also open to teams not racing in the 24-hour race. The 79th 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place June 11-12. AutoWeek Magazine
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