With the company's drivers running first, second and third in the early stages of this year's Le Mans
, Audi look well placed to take another victory when the race finishes today.
Ex-Formula One drivers Johnny Herbert, Allan McNish and Martin Brundle, as well as Le Mans
winner Guy Smith, are among the leading contenders to share driving duties for the Audi UK-backed entry.
Herbert, who lost his place in Audi's American Le Mans
series line-up, is still likely to be in their squad for Sebring, in March, and the French classic itself, in June.
The British American Racing driver wants a shot at Le Mans
to complete the 'grand slam'.
He'll be one of a specially invited group of drivers taking part in the Le Mans
Legend race staged to celebrate the 24-hour event.
Nissan had been pondering whether to pull out of Le Mans
because the company is in the process of corporate restructuring.
It's been fifty years since Corvette's legendary engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov prodded Chevrolet to make the once-stylish roadster into a tough sports car -- one that could beat famous European brands in grueling endurance races like Sebring and Le Mans
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The 10 teams consist of the four 2014 Le Mans
class winners and successful teams who competed in this year's Asian or European Le Mans
Series, or the American-based Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
After a gruelling 24 hours, Strakka Racing topped the LMP1 Privateers podium at the 2013 Le Mans
24 Hours at the weekend in an HPD ARX-03c, a car designed and manufactured by Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Wirth Research.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans
2012 will be of particular interest to endurance racing enthusiasts because of the presence of the potentially groundbreaking Nissan DeltaWing racing in the experimental class.
The pair, along with Tom Kristensen of Denmark, scored a dbut R15 TDI victory in the Sebring 12 Hours in March and then third place in this year's Le Mans
24 Hours in June.