Sibling rivalry has been a part of family dynamics since, well, the formation of the core family. It does not matter whether the competition is physical or intellectual; what matters is who wins. An inherent part of the rivalry is the act of taunting – a primitive behavior manifested through name-calling, chest pounding, pushing or shoving. It is, mostly, an “all-in-good-fun” activity with an underlying hope to definitively win.
Audi released a video that welcomed back Porsche into the 24 Hours of Le Mans after a sixteen-year absence. A sibling rivalry is reborn; in other words, boom goes the dynamite. In the video, the reigning champion drives its R18 e-tron quattro from Audi headquarters in Ingolstadt to Porsche’s hometown of Zuffenhausen. It even passes by an antique Porsche tractor as the farmer waves to the car.
Both brands will run hybrids in the 24 Hours of Le Mans; however, their powertrains are quite unique from the other.
Audi fields its successful TDI turbodiesel V-6 and ERS-K (Energy Recovery Sytem-Kintetic) flywheel energy-storage system – it provides electric power to the front wheels for fleeting all-wheel drive.
Porsche introduces its 919 Hybrid, which houses a gas-powered V-4 coupled with two forms of energy recovery: one recovers thermal energy expended from the exhaust; the other utilizes a front-axle mounted generator to recover kinetic energy during braking.
This rivalry is of particular interest to racing enthusiasts. Prior to its hiatus from competition, Porsche amassed the most overall wins of any automaker that has participated at Le Mans. Audi, however, has been the most dominant brand of the modern era. These two will finally face-off when the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans begins on June 14th.
Are you a fan of Le Mans? Porsche? Audi? Let us know which sibling you think will best the other, and why!