Audi’s Le Mans Return Is Shaping Up

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="60368"] source: Audi AG Concept stage for new Audi sports prototype largely completed Close cooperation with fellow group brand Porsche First race planned for January 2023 at the Daytona 24 Hours Audi will return to Le Mans and to sports prototype racing with an electrified sports car in the 2023 season. The successor to the successful Audi R18 is already taking shape. “The new LMDh category fits perfec...

Marqued Man Op/Ed: One Last Christmas Wish, A 5-Cylinder LMDh for Le Mans

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="56590"] With the incredible news that Audi is headed back to Le Mans, it’s gotten us to thinking about what the next Audi racing prototype might look like. Porsche’s excellent LMDh drawings released with their own news of a prototype return inspired us to think about Audi’s sportscar racing return a little more specifically, and while this modified version of Porsche’s drawing helped us render our own Audi look, the idea of a turbocharge...

Audi Sport, Porsche Motorsport, LMDh Prototype Racing and Le Mans’ 100th Birthday Party

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="56581"] Audi Sport shared an incredible gift with brand enthusiasts this holiday season with the announcement there’d be a return to Le Mans via the new LMDh prototype racing category. Then, Porsche confirmed their own LMDh shortly thereafter. Both plan a return to the segment by the 2023 racing season when the LMDh formula is set to begin… and also the 100th anniversary of the very first running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for those doing the...

Audi Motorsport Changes Afoot: Formula E Exit Confirmed after Season 7, 2022 Dakar Confirmed, 2023 Le Mans Return Likely

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="55829"] To say the pace of change has picked for Audi in motorsport would be an understatement. Less than a week ago (Nov 26), Audi pulled the wraps off of next season’s FE07 Formula E racer complete with Audi-developed MGU05 powertrain. Today, they’ve revealed plans for an electric assault on the 2022 Dakar Rally plus Audi Sport GmbH boss Julius Seebach taking the helm for motorsport efforts, and he’s already signaling a return to the top ...

Find of the Day: 1 of 8 2015 Audi R8 V10 Le Mans

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="50005"] words: Bill, photos: GTA Motorcars Soooo yesterday I was ranting that my B5 RS 4 Avant should have won last week's Find of the Day episode but I totally forgot about this selection: a 1 of 8 2015 Audi R8 V10 Le Mans edition in Sepang Blue. George's choice won its round and the overall award...sorry Jacob. The ad for it is very bare bones but luckily we had our resident Audi Nerd, George, to fill in the blanks. It shows up at the 43 minute...

The First of Many: Audi Celebrates 20 Years Since Its Victory at Le Mans

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="48535"] source: Audi Australia, photos:Audi Sport Two decades ago this month, Audi celebrated the first of what would become the most dominant performance in endurance racing in the modern era. It was the start of one of the most extraordinary chapters in motorsport. A story of dominance that  has rarely been seen and will perhaps never be seen again. In only its second attempt at the race acknowledged as the most gruelling endurance race on...

Rumor: Audi Set for 2022(ish) Return to Le Mans Says Local Le Maine Libre Newspaper

The local Le Mans newspaper Le Maine Libre is reporting that Audi is preparing for a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans by 2022 with a hydrogen-powered prototype aimed at planned 'zero emission' regulations the ACO plans for 2024. According to the newspaper, Audi Sport has been working on a secret program to that end. If true, this could see Audi return against other expected programs from companies such as BMW. The newspaper reports that Audi has already been working on the design of thi...

Audi Is Not At Le Mans This Year…But It’s There In Spirit (Plus Spotter’s Guide)

[words: Bill Cho, spotter guide: Andy Blackmore Design, photos: Audi Sport] Audi withdrew from Le Mans in 2016 and Audi fans have been in mourning ever since. While the R8s and R18s may be silent, flashes of Audi's past are back at the track this year. André Lotterer, 3-time winner of Le Mans, will be driving the LMP1 #1 Rebellion R13-Gibson. He starts P3 behind the two Toyota TS050 Hybrids who secured the front row. Look for the #1 Rebellion Racing R13-Gibson with red mirrors and wi...

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...