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Posted: February 26, 2011 in Advertising, Comic Books


A couple of weeks ago Peugeot launched the successor to their 908 HDi FAP which it had been racing at Le Mans since 2007. The 2011 908 looks similar to the older car but features a V8 turbo diesel rather than the V12.


Late last year Audi launched their challenger for the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours. Unlike its predecessors it will be a coupe instead of an open prototype.

Before looking at the new R18 TDi here is an evolutionary look at Audi at Le Mans since 1999.

In 1999 Audi had two different approaches to the 24 hours, the R8C coupe…

and the open prototype Audi R8R…

In 2000 Audi won Le Mans with the Audi R8. Audi dominated at Le Mans with this car, winning in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005.

In 2003 Bentley won at Le Mans with their Speed 8. This car was built by Audi, had an Audi engine and run by the Audi works team.

In 2006 Audi launched the R10 TDi, a V12 turbo diesel rather than the V8 petrol turbo that they had used in the R8 and Speed 8. It won at Le Mans in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

In 2007 Peugeot launched their 908 turbo diesel which while proving faster than the R10 TDi, was much more fragile. In 2009 Audi launched their successor to the R10 Tdi, the R15 TDi. The R15 TDi used a V10 turbo diesel engine. This car proved to be little faster than the R10 TDi and was beaten by the Peugeots in 2009, although it did win Le Mans in 2010 mainly due to the Peugeots unreliability.

In December 2010 Audi released the R18 TDi, which will use a V6 turbo diesel engine.

Some odd ads

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Advertising

These are all from 1953.

I’m so infantile

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Misc Thoughts

BTW, Gay is someone’s name in this instance.


Bob Dyer was the #2 radio personality of the 1940s and 50s after Jack Davey. He was also a pioneer of TV in Australia. This ad is from 1954.


Times certainly were different in 1953.