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.
— oliver jarvis (@ollyjarvis) December 16, 2016
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.
— Loic Duval (@loicduval) December 16, 2016
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.
Este é o novo carro que nunca vai correr da Audi, o R18 de 2017. Os engenheiros dizem que é o carro mais eficaz que alguma vez fizeram… enfim, vai ficar em molde. 🙁 @audi @audisport #r18 #lm24 #servus This is the new Audi R18 that will never be… The engineers say that is the most efficient car they ever made… oh well. 😔
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.