Audi has revealed the colour schemes that its three new R18 TDIs will race in at Le Mans this year ahead of this weekend's pre-event test day.
The three cars will again feature the marque's traditional black, red or yellow markings to differentiate them from a distance. The black-trimmed scheme, which took victory last year, will run a different livery to the other two R18s. Audi has gone back to a more traditional silver paint scheme for this year, while it has left several parts of its cars in bare carbon fiber to promote lightweight technology.
Team Joest technical director Ralf Juttner said that he was delighted to see the return of the Le Mans test day ahead of the 24 hours after it was dropped for two years.
"It helps to save the teams some unpleasant surprises otherwise encountered during the race in June," said Juttner. "We will be able to get through a lot of work there.
"The track is unique and the circuit cannot be used permanently. Every kilometer is worth its weight in gold."
Juttner added that having the test in April rather than its previous June date increased the importance of the event.
"The new test day has another meaning," he said. "This event was held for years only two weeks before the actual race. In this period it wasn't possible to change much now there is more time to react."
All three of Audi's factory R18s will be in action at Le Mans on Sunday.