Every win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is historic, but the Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro‘s 1-2 victory was especially noteworthy as the vehicles were the first hybrids to win the prestigious auto racing marathon. Let’s just not confuse these with your grandma’s Prius.
These hybrids are kick-ass speed machines with no giant batteries and massive amounts of power. WARNING: Spoilers Ahead!
The 2012 Le Mans race will go down as the year of the hybrid, with both Audi and Toyota battling it out with their own hybrid vehicles for the first part of the race. Experience matters, and Toyota’s LMP1 hybrid was plagued by bad luck and one serious crash. But the fact that Toyota is trying at all is news and a good sign for fans of the Japanese automaker.
Audi, as they have for 11 out of the last 13 years, won the big race. It was such a foregone conclusion it’s barely worth noting but for the technological aspect. The two Audi E-Trons finished first and second, with the light-weight Audi Ultra picking up third. A non-hybrid Toyota-powered Lola won fourth, besting the other Audi Ultra.
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