[Auto House Race] A few days ago, Audi posted a photo of an Audi racing car driving through Tiananmen Square on its official Weibo. This photo was taken one day in July 2003, and the car in the photo is the Audi R8, the winner of the three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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At that time, the Audi R8 racing car, which came to Beijing for the first time, led 8 Audi A8 and 2 Audi A4 convertibles, starting from the Oriental Xintiandi Volkswagen Taste Car Park, and drove mightily onto Chang'an Avenue.
Audi's Le Mans race project started in 1997, when quattro's full-time four-wheel drive technology was banned from participating in touring car races, so Audi needed to seek a brand new racing project. After the debut of the first Le Mans prototype, Audi reached the podium in 1999. At that time, the two Audi R8R convertibles driven by the Audi Joest team started the race; the two R8C Coupes developed by Audi's British subsidiary RTN were also driven by the Audi British team to start the race, but ultimately failed and failed to complete the race.
Subsequently, Audi developed the new Audi R8 car based on the R8R and R8C racing cars, and between 2000 and 2005, it has won 63 victories in 80 Le Mans series events. From 2000 to 2002, the Audi Joest team won the Le Mans series three consecutive championships with the R8 car, and also permanently left the Le Mans trophy at Audi headquarters. From 2003 to 2005, Audi was represented by an independent team in the Le Mans Series. Japanese and American importer teams once again drove Audi R8 cars to win two championships.
Video: Audi Le Mans racing car was spotted on Chang'an Street in Beijing
In 2006, the Audi R8 racing car that completed its mission was retired, and the Audi R10 TDI racing car officially debuted and started a new journey. To this day, Audi is still active in the Le Mans arena. The new Audi R18 hybrid racing car is ready to go. The goal is to be the 80th Le Mans 24-hour endurance race in June 2012.