AUDI R10 TDI VERSUS JET-FIGHTER Following historic victories at Sebring and Le Mans, the Less than a month after a historic victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Audi R10 TDI was involved in another kind of race...
AUDI R10 TDI VERSUS JET-FIGHTER
Following historic victories at Sebring and Le Mans, the Less than a month after a historic victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Audi R10 TDI was involved in another kind of race Thursday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
But instead of a Lola, Courage or Porsche, the diesel-powered sports car went up against a different sort of opponent - a Harrier GR7 Jump Jet from the Royal Air Force! The two modern marvels faced off in a one-kilometer dash at RAF Wittering. American Le Mans Series LMP1 championship co-leader Allan McNish piloted the 650-hp Audi R10 TDI. On the other runway sat the 15,000-bhp combat aircraft.
Despite the 650-hp Audi R10 TDI being designed to start races from a "rolling" as opposed a "standing start", the revolutionary diesel sports car was quicker off the line and in the lead for almost the whole distance before the Harrier GR7 just beat the Audi by literally a "nose" before it took off in front of a crowd of 5,000 spectators.
"It was essentially a 'fun' race," explained Audi factory driver McNish. "But when a racing driver and a pilot get together it quickly becomes serious. To come so close beating a Harrier jet-fighter was a tremendous achievement once again for Audi TDI Power - especially if you consider that we didn't modify the R10 TDI for this 'race'."
The Audi R10 TDI will make its long-awaited return to the American Le Mans Series at next week's Utah Grand Prix, set for 6 p.m. MDT on Saturday, July 15 at the new Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City. CBS will broadcast the race from 2 to 4 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 16. MotorsTV will broadcast the race in Europe from 6:30 to 9:30 CET on Sunday, July 16. American Le Mans Radio will provide live coverage on americanlemans.com, which also will feature IMSA Live Timing & Scoring.