We posted a video on our social media accounts to highlight Audi officially welcoming back Porsche to 24 Hours of Le Mans. The digitally enhanced – in good fun – tease showcased on R18 E-Tron scorching a friendly message into Porsche headquarter’s parking lot. This competition between the two sibling companies has historical significance: Porsche has the most wins at Le Mans, but Audi is the most successful brand in the modern racing era. It was only just a few days ago that we watched the race unfold.
It seems that 13 is Audi’s lucky number, for it added a thirteenth win at the 2014 Le Mans. In fact, the Audi R18 E-Tron claimed both first and second places once all twenty-four hours expired.
Here are some of the highlights from the race:
- Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gene, and Tom Kristensen sat at the helm of the first-place Audi.
- Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, and Bnoit Treluyer drove the second-place Audi.
- The second-place Audi held the lead from the 15th until the 17th hour, being forced to the pits for a turbocharger replacement.
- The first-place Audi led the on the course from the 17th until the 21st hour. It, too, pulled into the pits for a turbocharger issue.
- Porsche managed to take the lead until it was forced off the track due to gearbox problems. It finished in 38th position. We’re guessing they did not take Audi’s challenge very seriously.
Now that 2014 Le Mans is over, and the burning sting of loss (except for Audi!) now dissipates, the many brands are likely brainstorming for next year’s competition.