Shell V-Power Diesel fuel technology powers a third win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race
For the third consecutive year Shell V-Power Diesel race fuel has powered the Audi Sport team to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. This latest victory demonstrates again the power and performance of Shell V-Power Diesel technology embodied in the winning fuel.
Following on from historic wins in 2006 and 2007, the Audi R10 TDI once again took the chequered flag in a thrilling race that saw a dramatic fight between the diesel competitors in mixed conditions.
The power, efficiency and performance of Shell V-Power Diesel race fuel assisted Audi drivers Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Rinaldo "Dindo" Capello to complete the historic French circuit in 381 laps.
Shell demonstrated its commitment to fuels innovation and the development of sustainable, low-carbon fuels with the blending of BTL (Biomass to Liquids) into its Shell V-Power Diesel race fuel in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans race. A small amount of this new, second-generation biofuel was blended into the Shell V-Power Diesel race fuel together with the established GTL component, which is already being produced at a commercial scale and has been used in the Shell V-Power Diesel race fuel since 2006.
This diesel fuel technology, supported by Shell Helix motor oils, helped Audi Sport to sustain its gasoline-beating diesel performance throughout the race. Over 24 hours, the team completed just 34 pits stops, several less than the opposition.
Shell and Audi Sport are pioneers in the modern diesel revolution and have proved that the combination of Audi TDI engineering and Shell V-Power Diesel fuel technology has set a new standard for success on the Le Mans track.
Shell V-Power Diesel is a high-performance diesel fuel already available at about 7,000 service stations across Europe. Shell scientists have used the same fuel technology behind Shell V-Power Diesel to create this special racing fuel for Le Mans.
Richard Karlstetter, Shell Global Technology Manager, Racing Fuels commented, "Shell and Audi Sport have demonstrated yet again the gasoline-beating diesel performance behind Shell V-Power Diesel. Three consecutive wins at Le Mans is a landmark victory, not just for Shell but for diesel fuel technology as a whole. The technical partnership with Audi Sport is testament to this, reinforcing that Shell V-Power Diesel race fuel has the power and performance required to win an epic endurance race such as Le Mans."
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Sport, commented "A key part of the success of the Audi R10 TDI at Le Mans lies in ensuring we have the right fuel to provide the car with more power for longer. Shell V-Power Diesel is essential to Audi Sport's success at Le Mans."