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Old 11th March 2009, 05:43   #1
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Not sure if this goes here or in Motor Sports, but here goes...

Aston's prototype for the Le Mans series is expected to make its debut at Catalunya on 3rd April.

It's a V12 engine and one car has already been crashed into the barriers by the driver. It was totalled. These are the first official photos that have come out:
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I'm finding a lot of these Le Mans cars pics, and don't think I should create a new thread for each, I'll post them all here. Can the Mods please change title of the thread to "Le Mans Cars" or something similar?

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The new Audi prototype that's set to compete against the Aston. This will make its debut at Sebring in March. It's called the "R 15" and is replacing Audi's old representative at Le Mans, the R10 (no, not the R8. lol).
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Mods, apologies for not following the 20 minute rule, but I felt that it would be better if each car had its own post.

So far, my favourite Le Mans car. The Peugeot 908HY. The HY is short for hybrid. The 908 HY can be powered in one of three ways: electric mode only, internal combustion engine only, a combination of the two.
The system features three key elements: a 60kW gear-driven electric motor-generator which takes the place of the conventional starter motor, batteries which permit recovered energy to be stored in 600 lithium-ion cells divided into 10 battery packs and an electronic power converter which controls the flow of energy between the batteries and the motor-generator.


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For those who want technical details, search for Peugeot 908HY press release on Google. Makes for an interesting read, but too long to post here.

Not bad at all for a car that looks this good....
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I like the peoguet and Audi better than the Aston in the looks.
I heard that Audi is getting some R15 technology this time for the le mans.
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Peoguet is stunnig, really electrifying as its graphics!
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Notice how Audi has an open cockpit as opposed to the closed cockpits of Peugeot and Aston Martin. It somehow affects technology/racing, but I'm not enough of an expert to say how. Hopefully somebody who does know enough will come along soon and tell us.
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How much does it cost to build and run these Le mans cars?.is it more expensive than F1 cars?.And what races other than Le Mans are these cars allowed to compete in?
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I like the peoguet and Audi better than the Aston in the looks.
I heard that Audi is getting some R15 technology this time for the le mans.
the pictures of the r15 are posted above... love the sound the r10 makes! heard it at the r8 launch. amazing.
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the pictures of the r15 are posted above... love the sound the r10 makes! heard it at the r8 launch. amazing.
The Audi's is a diesel engine, if I'm not wrong...
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The Audi's is a diesel engine, if I'm not wrong...
yes it is.. SEE - TDI logos on the pics you have posted and the first diesel to win the le mans 24hr
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yes it is.. SEE - TDI logos on the pics you have posted and the first diesel to win the le mans 24hr
Yeah, I know the R15's a diesel engine. Read about it when I found the pics. Wasn't sure about the R10...
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Diesel has dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the last three years, but could the future of the endurance race be electric?

Racing outfit GreenGT thinks so. The Swiss firm has unveiled this design study that, they say, previews an all-electric Le Mans entrant in 2011.

Based around a carbon fire chassis and fibreglass body, the GreenGT car is powered by a pair of electric motors putting some 450bhp and, more significantly, a simply monstrous 1,475lb ft of torque to the rear wheels.

In a car weighing just 860kg, that's good for a 0-60mph time of around four seconds - the problem, we suspect, will be getting all that torque down onto the track effectively - and a top speed of around 170mph.

Batteries will be the big issue, though. Powerpacks that can store enough energy to supply that sheer amount of power for dozens of laps simply don't exist at the moment - at least, none that weigh less than several tonnes. The answer, surely, is replacing battery packs at pitstops, but nonetheless, we're still a long way off.

But GreenGT is convinced that the technology will develop within the next couple of years. It promises to have a pair of electric cars at Le Mans in 2011, followed by a curiously precise 22 road-going models within three years.

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Another article about the same ground-breaking car:

Not sure if an electric race car can technically meet all the requirements and specifications of Le Mans racing today, but GreenGT of Switzerland has designed an electric racer to do just that.
Meet GreenGT's first design study for a Le Mans prototype that could possibly compete in the 2011 24-hour race at Le Mans.
The Le-Mont-sur-Lausanne-based GreenGT team commissioned the young French designer Thomas Clavet of the ISD Valencienne Design School to create this Le Mans prototype.
The prototype is made up of an FIA-spec carbon chassis with a fiberglass body. It comes with 2 water-cooled electric motors each with 100 kW (2 x 100 kW) coupled to a differential gearbox patented by GreenGT. Power supply comes from flexcell photovoltaic solar panels (What? You don't know what those are?) and two lithium-ion batteries, each with 30kWh of juice. The whole thing weighs in at a ship-shape 860 kg.
The numbers?
Maximum speed: 275 km/h (171 mph)
0-100km/h (62mph): Under 4 seconds
Horsepower: 350 to 400
Torque:...
No, torque should be posed as a mindblowingly-mental rhetorical question.
Torque? 2000 "Nee-hah!" Newton Meters (1475 ft-lb).
GreenGT is also hoping this car will be more than a pioneer on the track, and become a retail-ready road car for the masses. Or at least, the masses who can afford a high-tech, electric supercar.
You know, with Swiss-watch precision being what it is, a Swiss car doesn't sound like such a bad idea, does it? And the car looks good too.

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Breath taking cars really.,i wonder at that ground clearance how they run with out scraping the chassis.Downforce must be the ket factor.
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