Diesel-powered Audi R10 a 'Winner' in Efficiency and Performance
The most significant car in the North American International Auto Show is not a concept or production car. It's a race car that shows practical alternative energy technology already is on the road.
Last June, the diesel-powered Audi R10 on display in the Audi exhibit won the world's most prestigious sports-car endurance race, the 24 Hours of LeMans. It became the first non-gasoline powered car in the 74-year history of the legendary French competition to finish first.
At Cobo Center this year as in the past, the media buzz focused on electric, ethanol or hydrogen-powered vehicles as alternative technologies "just around the corner." But the R-10's unprecedented achievement confirms that diesel power is the only viable alternative for the foreseeable future.
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