Team Audi Survives Two Horrific Crashes To Win The 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans is over, and despite losing two of its three cars in horrifying crashes, it is Audi — once again — that climbs to the top of the podium as the race’s overall winner.

Andre Lotterer piloted the #2 Audi R18 TDI to victory, 13 seconds ahead of second-place Simon Pageneaud in the #9 Peugeot 908.

The rest of the top five finishers were all Peugeot 908s, the #8 and #7 factory team cars, followed by the #10 Team Oreca Matmut entry. The top gasoline-powered LMP1 finisher was the Toyota-powered #12 Rebellion Racing Lola.

Allan McNish Audi R18 Crash 24H le Mans

Perhaps a testament to the superb Audi engineering principles applied to aluminum space-frame design, driver Allan McNish survives a startling crash unharmed. Take a look at this video and the aftermath of what remains of his vehicle.

Audi R18 TDI Light Weight Engineering Dramatized In Commercial

André Lotterer — Drove The #2 Audi R18 TDI To Victory


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