Race teams are always looking for ways to shave hundredths of seconds of their lap times. Case in point: Audi is making some slight changes to its prototype racecar to make it ever so much more slippery as it cuts through the air.



Debuting at the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa on May 4, Audi will be testing a long-tail version of its R18 E-tron Quattro racecar. As its name suggests, the long-tail car gets a lengthened rear section with the goal of improving aerodynamics. The long-tail will be run alongside the standard version of the racecar as a testbed for possible changes that might be in store, heading into the 24 Hours of Le Mans.



Audi did not say how many inches were added to the racecar, but as you can see in the image above, “long-tail” definitely doesn’t take on the same meaning of classic long-tail cars of the past such as the Porsche 917. More information about the car, Audi’s team and even some info about the track itself can be found below.

By Jeffrey N. Ross