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Ingolstadt, 2012-06-15<br /> <br /> With e-tron quattro to first hybrid pole position at Le Mans<br /> <br /> Audi's diesel hybrid sports car takes grid position one at Le Mans<br /> <br /> André Lotterer beats last year's best time by nearly two seconds<br /> <br /> Two Audi R18 cars on the front row<br /> <br /> Premiere at the Le Mans 24 Hours: The 80th running of the endurance classic that has been held since 1923 will see a sports car with hybrid drive starting from grid position one for the first time -- the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro.<br /> <br /> The intelligent combination of TDI power at the rear axle and an electrically driven front axle made it possible for André Lotterer in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro designated as car number "1" to achieve a fastest lap of 3m 23.787s in the final qualifying session on Thursday night shortly after 22:00 -- and thus an improvement of last year's best time by nearly two seconds. <br /> <br /> "The car was running like it was on rails, simply incredible," raved the 31-year-old German as he praised the advantages of the new type of el

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