Audi’s latest hybrid Le Mans racer will take on the FoS hillclimb in the hands of World Endurance Champion Benoit Treluyer as part of a spectacular showcase of Audi’s Quattro powered fleet.
Fresh from clinching third place at La Sarthe, three-times Grand Prix d’Endurance champions Treluyer and Andre Lotterer will be joined by their incredible Audi R18 e-tron quattro and fellow Audi LMP1 racer Oliver Jarvis.
The diesel-hybrid powered racer will travel to West Sussex barely two weeks after just missing out on a sixth consecutive Le Mans title following a titanic tussle with Porsche, during which Lotterer broke the lap record.
A new-for-2015 Audi stand will also see a UK debut for the new, 610PS Audi R8, which former A1 GP race winner Jarvis will take up the hill on Friday.
Also among 35 cars on the stand will be the new Audi Q7 e-tron hybrid, making its UK debut, and the firm’s latest hot-hatch: the 376PS RS3.
In addition to the main stand, the home of quattro driving experience has also expanded considerably for 2015. This challenging off-road course with its varying terrain can be tackled by visitors in a total of 24 models including the all-new Q7, the Q5, the Q3 and allroad versions of the A4 and A6.
Historic Audi fans will also be catered for as the evocative 1939 Auto Union ‘Silver Arrow’ Type D will be driven up the hill by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, while rally legend Hannu Mikkola will take on the hillclimb against the clock in the incredible Quattro S1 E2.
Audi Tradition will also wheel out two vintage NSU Bullus and Sportmax motorcycles, and the latter will be ridden up the hill by two-time motorcycle world championship runner-up Ralph Waldmann.