Audi Sport to Start 2018 Season in America and Australia with Strong Customer Teams

source: Audi Sport Two weeks following the one-two win in the 24-hour race in Dubai, the new Audi R8 LMS GT4 will now be racing in North America. The audience there will get to see the customer sport race car for the first time in the traditional opening round of the IMSA Series at Daytona from January 27 to 28. Just one week later, on February 4, the Intercontinental GT Challenge will kick off in Australia. With its product offensive Audi Sport customer racing is strengthening i...

Find of the Day: 2010 R8 LMS ultra

words: Bill Cho, photos: Jean Lain Vintage, video: NM2255 Car HD Videos (not of the car for sale) This is no ordinary 2010 Audi R8...this is an R8 LMS ultra with a racing history and it's for sale in France. Raced by Team SAINTéLOC, it campaigned at Spa Francorchamps, Nogaro, Monza, and Brands Hatch just to name a few. Beyond that, there's not that much information on this particular vehicle. From the ad: History and restoration Historical Vehicle used from 2011 in th...

Leena Gade Joins SPM as Indy Car Lead Engineer

words & photo: George Achorn Though she left Audi Sport several years ago, Audi Sport's three-time Le Mans winning lead engineer Leena Gade remains a favorite amongst Audi enthusiasts. Gade was the first ever female to win Le Mans as lead engineer, and now she'll be the first woman to take the same role at an Indy Car team. Ms. Gade's first win with Audi Sport in 2011 was a memorable one. Her driver team's two teammate cars had gone out in spectacular crashes, leaving just Gade and...

Event Report: Audi Sport Brand Launch in New York + The Full Photo Gallery

words and photos: George Achorn Editor’s Note: This story originally ran in the Summer 2017 issue of the Audi Club North America quattro quarterly print magazine. This time around, we’ve added the entire collection of photography shot on site at the Audi Sport launch. If you don’t receive quattro quarterly and wish to subscribe, join the Audi Club North America HERE. New York, NY – Highline Studios isn’t just a boastful moniker for a Manhattan-based video production company....

Tough Day for Audi in Marrakesh

source: Audi Sport Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler without fortune in Formula E in Marrakesh Daniel Abt still scores one point after drive-through penalty Title defender Lucas di Grassi retired Marrakesh - In round three of the Formula E electric racing series in Marrakesh (Morocco), following a strong beginning, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler only went home with a single point. Daniel Abt, after a drive-through penalty and a full course yellow which came at an unfavor...

Road & Track: How Racing in America Saved Audi

source: Road & Track, photo: Audi Sport In the mid-Eighties, Audi was reeling from an unintended-acceleration scandal. To restore its image, the company entered a 200 Quattro sedan in Trans-Am for 1988. It was a flag-bearer for the company’s signature road-car technologies, turbocharging and all-wheel drive. Audi had two FIA Group B rallying titles with the Quattro but little in the way of road-racing experience. Group B hero Walter Röhrl was tapped to drive alongside Le Mans winne...

Formula E: Audi Drivers Ready to Race in Marrakesh

source: Audi Sport, photos: Audi Sport Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler aims to return to the top Telephone press conference with Daniel Abt on Wednesday, January 10 Neuburg a. d. Donau/Marrakesh - Return to winning ways – this is Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s aim for the Formula E round in Marrakesh (Morocco). Following a difficult opener in Hong Kong, the two campaigners, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, are traveling to round three of the electric racing series’...

Audi Driving Experience Finds a Home in Texas

words: Aaron Plante, photos: Audi of America The Audi Sport R18s may have left the WEC and thus their only stop in the U.S. (Texas’ Lone Star Le Mans), but the Lone Star state’s most famous track now houses a fleet of Audi Sport road cars providing an all-new driving experience at Austin Texas’ world famous Circuit of the Americas. Open year round to a wide range of driver experiences, the Audi Sport driving experience (ASde) offers hands-on coaching, professional instructors, hi...

Audi and Formula E: Chasing Seconds in the Simulator

source: Audi Sport Race drivers and engineers practice in realistic conditions Audi driver Daniel Abt: “Practice day in Neuburg a key to success” The two Audi drivers, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, will start round 3 of the season in Marrakesh (Morocco) on January 13. Before each race of the electric series in which Audi is involved with a factory commitment for the first time in 2017/2018, the race drivers and engineers go through the entire process of a full race d...

Is The R8 Dead in 2020?

words: Bill Cho, photos: Audi AG An upsetting report from Automobile Magazine earlier today stated that Audi will phase out the R8 in 2020 when the next generation Lamborghini Huracán arrives. The R8 e-tron and the 1,000hp Scorpion supercar are also shelved. But there is good news with talk of the range topping RS Q8 so not all is doom and gloom. Read the article Audi Sport's Near Future on automobilemag.com after the jump.

Michael-Julius Renz Becomes Head of Audi Sport GmbH

source: Audi AG Chairman of the Board of Management at Audi, Rupert Stadler: “Michael Renz will firmly establish Audi Sport as a major player in the global market” Thanks to predecessor Stephan Winkelmann for restructuring the Audi subsidiary brand Extended model range for further growth Michael-Julius Renz (60) is due to become the new CEO of Audi Sport GmbH. He follows Stephan Winkelmann (53), who will leave at the turn of the year to become president of Bugatti....

The End of an Era: Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich Retires

source: Audi Sport The end of an era: After more than 24 years under the banner of the four rings, Audi’s longstanding head of motorsport, Wolfgang Ullrich, goes into retirement. After having previously turned over his responsibilities to his successor, Dieter Gass, at the beginning of the 2017 season, the 67-year-old was now officially retired. A large farewell party in Neuburg an der Donau on Thursday night was attended by more than 300 former colleagues and associates – including m...

First Customers Take Over New Audi R8 LMS GT4

source: Audi Sport customer racing Twelve race cars for four continents GT4 third pillar in Audi Sport customer racing program Audi Sport customer racing has acquired the first customers for the Audi R8 LMS GT4. The racers from America, Australia, China and Europe took over the first twelve sports cars of the most recent model range in Neuburg an der Donau. The Audi R8 LMS GT4 is Audi Sport customer racing’s third model. Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi S...

Audi R8 V10 plus Coupe ‘Neuburg Edition’ Exclusively Offered in Australia

source: Audi Australia Limited edition of only 10, individually numbered cars produced exclusively for the Australian market Outstanding Audi exclusive equipment, additional carbon components and  interior highlights Scintillating performance and exclusive specification for $402,500* Zetland, Australia – Audi has announced the production of an exclusive, limited edition R8 V10 plus Neuburg Edition specifically developed for the Australian market. Strictly limited to ju...

Audi Gives Talents an Opportunity in Formula E

source: Audi Sport Rookie test following the race in Marrakesh DTM star Nico Müller and youngster Nyck de Vries in Audi e-tron FE04 A premiere in Formula E: In the racing series’ first rookie test, Nico Müller and Nyck de Vries are going to drive the Audi e-tron FE04 for the first time. The test day is scheduled for January 14, 2018, one day after the next Formula E race in Marrakesh. With the rookie test Formula E and the FIA are giving the registered teams an opp...

Compass Racing Launches IMSA TCR Program with Audi Sport

source: IMSA Compass Racing launches its 15th-consecutive season in IMSA’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge by opening a bold new chapter in the new-for-2018 TCR class with two Audi RS 3 LMS race cars. “We were proud to be the first team to commit to this new IMSA class, and to now be the first to announce our driver line-ups,” remarked Team Principal Karl Thomson. “We’ve run for many years in this series, having not missed a race since January 2004, and we’re grateful ...

Exceptional Season: 24 Titles for Audi Sport customer racing

source: Audi Sport • 14 overall and ten class titles clinched by Audi customers in worldwide racing series • Five overall endurance racing victories in Europe and America • Model portfolio to grow to three race cars in 2018 Neuburg a. d. Donau, Germany– Never before has Audi Sport customer racing been as successful with its customers around the globe as in 2017. The title successes and victories of the first- and second-generation Audi R8 LMS and, for the first time, the new...

Disappointment for Audi in Formula E opener

source: Audi Sport Winner Daniel Abt excluded after alleged administrative mistake of the team Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler announces appeal Lucas di Grassi without points in season opener The turbulent Formula E season opener in Hong Kong ended in disappointment for Audi. On Sunday night, Daniel Abt was stripped of the victory he had deservedly clinched on track in the worldwide electric racing series due to an alleged administrative mistake. Team Audi Sport ABT Scha...

2017 SEMA Show Photo Gallery

words & photos: George Achorn Last week marked the 2017 SEMA Show, the industry trade show for the automotive aftermarket. Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center annually, the week-long event is equal part industry networking event, enormous stage for some of the world's most incredible car builds, and a place for manufacturers to show their latest and greatest products geared toward those who wish to modify their cars. Given its own burgeoning aftermarket, SEMA remains significant t...

Audi Sport Visits Rome for Formula E Rome E-Prix Announcement

  [source: Audi Sport] Lucas di Grassi and the Audi e-tron FE04 have electrified Rome: The reigning Formula E Champion on a demo drive together with other teams promoted the electric racing series that will be held in Italy’s capital on April 14, 2018. The track layout for the premiere in Rome promises to deliver a race set in spectacular surroundings. From the world’s largest amphitheater that was built nearly two millenniums ago directly into the fut...