r18 e tron

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This photo-set was going to come after that of the number 17 Porsche that finished ahead of these R18 E-trons at the 24hrs of Le Mans, but I just heard that one of these badboys will be at the Festival of Speed this coming weekend so it’s jumped the queue…..can’t wait to see it again, although I doubt it will be reaching the same speeds as it did 10 days ago!

Although it’s been toppled from the number one spot at the LM24, the Audi is arguably still the best looking and best sounding LMP1 car on the grid, it’s an absolute spaceship!

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Modern Le Mans endurance prototype cars are the most highly advanced racing cars in the world. The technology developed on the track is crucial to the everyday road car, and the length of an endurance race (6 to 24 hours) is the ultimate test for any new technology. These cars must be fast, but most of all they must be safe – for both the driver and the spectators. The main safety feature is the carbon-fibre composite aluminium honeycomb monocoque. Think of the monocoque as a bomb shelter for one. When a car crashes, the monocoque must remain in one piece, regardless the severity of the crash. Parts outside of the monocoque are wired so they remain connected to the car, even when broken. This ensures no large part of the car goes flying into the audience.

The last two photos are from a massive wreck during the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. Driver Allan McNish was unharmed. Decades ago, a crash like this would have resulted in a fatality.

-Mike Cohagen

LEGO 2016 Wave I (Jan-Jun)

Most of these upcoming LEGO sets have already been confirmed one way or the other. Quite a few things to look forward to – most of all the huge Ghostbusters HQ (+4,600 pieces / $350).

Last update: 10th November 2015

  • 60106 Fire Starter Set
  • 60107 Fire Ladder Truck
  • 60108 Fire Response Unit
  • 60109 Fire Boat
  • 60110 Fire Station
  • 60111 Fire Utility Truck
  • 60112 Fire Engine
  • 60113 Rally Car
  • 60114 Race Boat
  • 60115 4x4 Off-Roader
  • 60116 Ambulance Plane
  • 60117 Van and Caravan
  • 60118 Garbage Truck
  • 60119 Ferry
  • 60127 Prison Island Starter Set
  • 60128 Police Chase
  • 60129 Police Patrol Boat
  • 10251 Brick Bank
  • Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters
    • Includes 9 minifigures: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Janine Melnitz, Dana Barrett, Louis Tully, Zombie Driver and Library Ghost
    • Also includes Slimer, a pink ghost and a blue ghost
  • 71011 Series 15 (January)
    • Consists of 16 minifigures: Queen, Exterminator, Jewel Thief, Tribal Woman, Dancer, Flying Warrior, Satyr, Evil Knight, Wrestling Champion, Shark Costume Guy, Clumsy Guy, Kendo Warrior, Astronaut, Robot with Laser, Concierge, Farmer
  • 71012 Disney Series (May)
  • 70310 Knighton Battle Blaster
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Knighton Knight and a Lava Monster Swordsman
  • 70312 Lance’s Mecha Horse
    • Includes 3 minifigures: Lance, Lancebot and a Lava Monster Bowman
  • 70313 Moltor’s Lava Smasher
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Aaron Fox and Moltor
  • 70314 Beast Master’s Chaos Chariot 
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Macy Halbert and Beast Master
  • 70315 Clay’s Rumble Blade
    • Includes 5 minifigures: Clay Moorington, two Claybots, Lava Monster, Lava Monster Swordsman
  • 70316 Jestro’s Evil Mobile
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Jestro and Lance
  • 70137 Fortrex
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Clay Moorington, Aaron Fox, Axl, Chef Robot, two Lava Monstersand a Lava Monster Swordsman
  • 70599 Cole’s Dragon
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Cole and Bucko
  • 70600 Ninja Bike Chase
    • Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons: Kai, Nya and Sqiffy
  • 70601 Sky Shark
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Lloyd and Flintlocke
  • 70602 Jay’s Elemental Dragon
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Jay and Cyren, plus Monkey Wretch
  • 70603 Raid Zeppelin
    • Includes 3 minifigures: Zane, Doubloon and Clancee.
  • 70604 Tiger Widow Island
    • Includes 4 minifigures: Nya, Cole, Sensei Wu and Sqiffy, plus a Dogshank big figure
  • 70605 Misfortune’s Keep
    • Includes 6 minifigures: Jay, Lloyd, Kai, Bucko, Nadakhan and Flintlocke, plus Monkey Wretch
  • 75870 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  • 75871 Ford Mustang GT
  • 75872 Audi R18 e-tron quattro
  • 75873 Audi R8 LMS ultra
  • 75874 Chevrolet Camaro Drag Race
  • 75875 Ford F-150 Raptor and Model A Hot Rod
  • 75876 Porsche 919 Hybrid and 917K Pit Lane
  • 75127 Microfighters: The Ghost
    • Includes 1 minifigure: Hera Syndulla
  • 75128 Microfighters: Advanced TIE Prototype
    • Includes 1 minifigure: TIE Fighter Pilot
  • 75129 Microfighters: Wookie Gunship
    • Includes 1 minifigure: Chewbacca
  • 75127 Microfighters: AT-DP
    • Includes 1 minifigure: AT-DP Pilot
  • 75134 Galactic Empire Battle Pack
    • Includes 4 minifigures: 3 Imperial Stormtroopers and an Imperial Technician
  • 75135 Obi-Wan’s Jedi Interceptor
    • Includes an Obi-Wan Kenobi minifigure, plus an R4-P17 Astromech Droid
  • 75136 Droid Escape Pod
    • Includes 3 minifigures: C-3PO and 2 Jawas, plus an R2-D2 Astromech Droid
  • 75138 Hoth Attack
    • Includes 3 minifigures: Han Solo, an Snowtrooper and and a Rebel Trooper
  • 75141 Kanan’s Speeder Bike
    • Includes 3 minifigures: Kanan, an Imperial Pilot and and an Imperial Stormtrooper
  • 30446 Batmobile (Polybag)
  • 30604 Cosmic Boy (Polybag)
  • 76045 New Batmobile
  • 76052 Batman Classic TV Series Batcave
  • 76053 Gotham City Cycle Chase
  • 76061 Batman vs Catwoman
  • 76062 Robin vs Bane
  • 76063 The Flash vs Captain Cold
  • 76048 Iron Skull Sub Attack
  • 76049 Avenjet Space Mission
  • 76064 Spider-Man vs Green Goblin
  • 76065 Captain America vs Red Skull
  • 76066 Hulk vs Ultron

The 24 Hours of Le Mans remains the World’s Greatest Endurance Race 

Exotic carbon-composite sports cars designed for enormous aerodynamic downforce and fitted with hybrid powerplants producing a thousand horsepower?  Check.  The latest Le Mans prototypes push the technological envelope into territory totally unimagined in prior generations of racing.  Forza corsa!

Pictured: Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro | Porsche 919 HybridToyota TS040 Hybrid

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Audi R18 e-tron quattro. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro debuts a new bodywork configuration, Jan Monchaux, Head of Aerodynamics at Audi Sport, explains “Because downforce at Le Mans is not as important as it is at other tracks, we developed other solutions and new body shapes,” says Monchaux. “In this way, we reduce the drag. All the turning vanes, wings and similar elements are no longer mounted so steeply in the airflow; the curvature of the wing profile is less.” In addition to the bodywork surfaces, the technology beneath is also affected. “The cooling system’s requirements are different. We were able to reevaluate and adapt the flow across the cooler, because at Le Mans less air mass flow is necessary due to the higher speeds.”