Audi has been busy preparing for the 2012 racing season, evaluating its Le Mans Prototype race cars around Florida’s Sebring International Raceway. Also present were 2011 Le Mans winners Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer, each taking turns behind the wheel of the vehicles. In addition, 2008 Le Mans winners Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish were also present.

While the component tests have already started, Audi will not announce the details of the 2012 racing program, the driver line-up and the technical state of the development until a later date. But if Audi plans on keeping their exciting formula from 2011 unchanged in the LMP1 race cars, we can expect a  TDI 3.7 liter V6 turbodiesel, a mid-engined, longitudinally mounted setup surrounded by a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and a closed canopy.

In a wildcard moment, arch-rival Peugeot has pulled out of the 2012 season. However, coming in after a 13-year hiatus  is Toyota, whom has not seen LMS action since 1999. Toyota and Audi will do battle at Sebring on March 17th, which marks the official start of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and America Le Mans Series (ALMS) circuits.

Last year, Audi came in second to Peugeot in the 12 Hours of Sebring, but came away victorious after the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans.