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Audi V10 TDI Named Global Motorsport Race Engine of the Year

After the V12 oil-burner in the old R10 TDI in 2007, the V10 TDI engine in the Audi R15 TDI has been awarded the title of “Global Motorsport Race Engine of the Year” as well by an expert international panel of judges.

The combination of efficiency, engine power and reliability of the Audi power-plant was the crucial factor in the decision by the panel of judges, consisting of 50 international engine experts, that was used by a specialized British publishing house to select the award winner for the 2010 season,” according to Audi Motorsport.

The V10 saw its last outing during this weekend’s 12-hour race at Sebring, as part of the ALMS. At the event, which attracted more than 100,000 spectators, guests of Audi USA enjoyed a very special view of the track as they were given the opportunity to watch the race from the two-story “Turn 1 Club” on the inside of the first turn.

Mike Rockenfeller, Audi factory driver for the Le Mans Series, said this when asked if the R15 TDI’s last outing was anything special: “Absolutely. Naturally, we would have liked to achieve a successful conclusion of the R15’s career. The car really handled superbly at Sebring but, unfortunately, we missed victory. We need to get past this now and look ahead.”

As a result of new LMP1 prototype regulations, all new models such as the Audi R18 are limited to 3.7-liter capacity. As a result, the V10-powered R15 TDI will be forced to draw air through two intake-air restrictors of 33.5 millimeter diameter – four millimeters less than before. The boost pressure was also been restricted by 23 percent to 2,000 millibar (2,590 millibar was allowed before).
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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