Audi with new motorsport strategy: Formula E instead of WEC

Posted on 27. Oct, 2016 by in Audi Canada

Speaking to 300 employees of a motorsport dialect on Wednesday morning, Chairman of a Board of Management Rupert Stadler put this vital preference in a context of a stream burdens on a brand, indicating out that it was critical to concentration on a things that would keep Audi rival in a years ahead. That is because a Board of Management had motionless to cancel Audi’s fasten in continuation racing. In a future, Audi will be regulating a expertise and skills of a motorsport experts from Neuburg and Neckarsulm partially in motorsport and partially in prolongation development. 

“We’re going to competition a competition for a destiny on electric power,” says Stadler. “As a prolongation cars are apropos increasingly electric, a motorsport cars, as Audi’s technological spearheads, have to even some-more so.” The initial all-electric racing array ideally matches a plan of charity entirely battery-electric models year by year starting in 2018, Audi now being in a biggest mutation theatre in a company’s history. The fasten in FIA Formula E will already embark in 2017. It is regarded as a racing array with a biggest intensity for a future. That is because Audi has strong a existent partnership with Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport in a stream 2016/2017 season. On a highway toward a full bureau commitment, a manufacturer is now actively fasten a technical development.

The fasten in a DTM, where Audi will be competing with a inheritor of a Audi RS 5 DTM in 2017, will sojourn untouched. In mid-October, a reward code won a manufacturers’ and teams’ classifications. In 2013, Mike Rockenfeller many recently brought a pretension of DTM Champion home for a 4 rings.

No final preference has nonetheless been done concerning a destiny impasse in a FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX). In a stream 2016 season, DTM bureau motorist Mattias Ekström in his Audi S1 EKS RX quattro clinched a World Championship pretension early, competing opposite countless bureau teams. Up to now, Audi’s impasse has been singular to ancillary a private EKS team. The code is now evaluating a probable prolongation of a commitment, a sparkling subject of foundation being on a bulletin in rallycross racing as well.

The depart from a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) outlines a finish of a successful era. For 18 years, a code was active in Le Mans antecedent racing. During this period, it scored 13 victories in a 24 Hours of Le Mans and set countless technical milestones. At Le Mans, Audi clinched a initial feat of a TFSI engine (2001), a initial success of a competition automobile with a TDI engine (2006), and a initial delight of a sports automobile with a hybrid powertrain (2012). In a brand’s 185 races contested to date, Audi’s Le Mans prototypes have achieved 106 victories, 80 stick positions and 94 fastest competition laps. On dual occasions, Audi won a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with a Audi R18 e-tron quattro competition car. In addition, from 2000 to 2008, Audi, 9 times in succession, cumulative a pretension in a American Le Mans Series (ALMS), a world’s many critical racing array for Le Mans prototypes during a time.

“After 18 years in antecedent racing that were unusually successful for Audi, it’s apparently intensely tough to leave,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “Audi Sport Team Joest made a WEC during this duration like no other team. we would like to demonstrate my interjection to a squad, to Reinhold Joest and his team, to a drivers, partners and sponsors for this intensely successful cooperation. It’s been a good time!” Due to a LMP commitment, Audi has been demonstrating Vorsprung durch Technik and training a lot for use in production.

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