This Is Audi's Unbuilt 2017 Le Mans Car

Some pictures have emerged of what would have been Audi’s 2017-spec R18 before the German manufacturer withdrew from the WEC and Le Mans.

Pictures of a scale windtunnel model of the 2017 Audi R18 were posted on various social media platforms by former Audi LMP1 drivers Loic Duval, Filipe Albuquerque and Oliver Jarvis.

Audi’s withdrawal came as something of a shock at the time, and it seems the team weren’t exactly expecting it either, otherwise the design of the 2017 car surely wouldn’t have got so far.

If anything it looks like it would have looked even more bonkers than the already-insane 2016 R18, but sadly we’ll never get to know.

In some ways the whole thing is similar to when Toyota withdrew from F1 at the end of 2009, only to reveal that they already had a car for 2010 built.