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Williams Hybrid Power assist Audi to Le Mans victory // The team make good use of their energy recovery system

Published by Christine Blachford

Williams Hybrid Power assist Audi to Le Mans victory
Credit: Glenn Dunbar/LAT

This is F1Minute - Williams Hybrid Power assist Audi to Le Mans victory.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race took place this past weekend, dominated by Audi and won by the Audi R18. The car makes use of Williams Hybrid Power’s flywheel energy recovery system, which was developed initially when KERS was introduced to Formula One the first time round. Although the unique design was not used in F1 at that time, it has gone on to be a race-winning technology.

Head of motorsport at Audi, Wolfgang Ullrich, says of the victory: “It’s a great result that Audi is now the first brand to have achieved victory with a hybrid vehicle, and - what’s more - with both R18 e-tron quattro cars on the top two spots.”

It wasn’t all good news at the 24 hour race, however, as former F1 driver turned Sky pundit Anthony Davidson was injured in a big accident when his LMP1 car collided with a GTE class Ferrari. He was taken to hospital and diagnosed with two broken vertebrae, but he remains in good spirits and has today taken his first steps since the accident.