Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 Audi R18 Race supercar

Having succeeded with the R8, R10 TDI and R15 TDI models as the world’s most important endurance race car as many as nine times, Audi is aiming for its tenth Le Mans success in 2011 with its R18 Racecar. Audi is planning to field three Audi R18 cars at Le Mans, which will be entered by Audi Sport Team Joest, the most successful Le Mans team of all time.

Through the innovative V6 TDI engine for the Le Mans 24 Hours, motorsport is yet again performing pioneering work for the production arm at Audi where there is a growing trend towards smaller, more economical but yet powerful engines. Another new development is the six-speed transmission in the R18 which has been specifically modified for use with the smaller engine.
The R18 benefits from the chassis and aerodynamics package containing a lot of know-how from the R8, the R10 TDI and the R15 TDI whereas the fitting of identically sized front and rear wheels is new to an Audi Le Mans sports car. This configuration allows a more balanced weight distribution.
The R18’s headlights, which are the first to completely consist of LEDs with optimized amount of light, are a technical highlight. The new generation of headlights was developed in close cooperation between Audi Sport and the Technical Development (TE) division of AUDI AG and by using at Le Mans, will be prepared for future use in production vehicles.

Classic with a Twist, the Christmas Version?

Let me just sneak in a last few favourite images from Christmas before the year closes. . . here's my son "helping" Nola set up the Brio train set of his (and his sisters') childhood. You might notice that Nola is nowhere in the photograph. I think she lacked the necessary vision.

As for vision, my son's GF had it: Nola was delighted to open this colourful gift -- a handmade adjustable (as in will fit for years, but also can be draped around shoulders, arms, wherever a little person might need more adornment) TUTU! So much more fun than the traditional pink. . .
and goes much better with Christmas trees and red pyjamas. Classic, with a twist, the Christmas version -- I wasn't fooling!
My son-almost-in-law (wedding's in June) offers another favourite moment in the background -- I was tickled that so many of us kicked back with new books over our five days together. It pleases me inordinately to be part of a family of readers, and I very much hope Nola picks up the habit.

We took our tree down yesterday as it was beginning to drop needles like crazy -- Christmas is back in its box except for all those lovely memories and good vibes. We'll spend our traditional New Year's Eve which means that after heading to a movie this afternoon, we'll come home and have a special meal together. Pater cooks it, often a very good steak with the trimmings, and we'll watch another movie or, just as likely, watch the next few episodes of Angel. Then we'll walk up the road to a party we go to almost every New Year's to see the clock tick past midnight with a group of friends and neighbours. I suspect we'll be in bed and asleep by 1, so not a wild and wooly night.

What about you? Christmas packed away yet? Has it left you melancholy or content? and what are the New Year's Eve plans? Whatever, I'm thinking of you all and wishing you a Happy New Year! May 2011 bring you peace and happiness.