Audi has released the first image of its newly shaped 2010 Audi R15 TDi race sports car, which is set to demonstrate its high-end potential at this year's 24-hour race at Le Mans (France). Styled exclusively by Audi Design Team, the innovative diesel ride stands out with revised exterior completed in red. In addition, large areas of the Le Mans race sports car that is internally designated as "R15 plus" will be kept in a purist black carbon-fibre look.

Markus Auerbach and Tobias Drews from the Audi Design Team shares…"We're happy that we were allowed to give the car such a progressive look. We wanted to add a dash of surprise when the Audi leaves the pits at Le Mans. We practically opened up the bodywork and are exposing the light-weight construction and its uncompromising technical development - and with a little rock 'n' roll for good measure."

The model year 2010 race ride will make its first public appearance at the Le Castellet 8 Hours on April 11. Audi Sport Team Joest will contest the 2010 season opener of the Le Mans Series in preparation for the Le Mans (France) 24 Hours on June 12/13. Another test race is planned at the 1000-kilometre race at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium).

"The race at Le Castellet comes at a very early point in time for us and is nothing but a test in racing conditions," stresses Ralf Juttner, Technical Director of Audi Sport Team Joest. "Even though it's a difficult logistical undertaking, we wanted to gather experiences with the R15 plus at a race as early as possible. Le Castellet offers the opportunity to do this."

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