News: AUDI HEADED FOR THE FUTURE WITH FORMULA E AND DTM

Quite remarkably, in the 2017/2018 season, Audi was the first German automobile manufacturer on the Formula E grid. And as we all know, when Audi enter a championship it’s not to make up the numbers, ending the season having scored four victories and a total of eleven podiums after twelve races around the globe, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler claimed the teams’ championship. The commitment in the fully electric racing series that is currently experiencing a boom with the participation of other manufacturers and partners forms the electric pillar of the brand’s motorsport involvement.

Furthermore, Audi have confirmed to MotorMartin that they will continue to be active in the DTM especially as next year, the DTM will see one of the most radical changes in its more than 30-year-history: Now concentrate as this appears to be quite complicated.

1. In 2019, modern four-cylinder turbo engines will be introduced. In addition,

2. The “Class One” being driven by the DTM and the Japanese Super GT will make its debut.

3. The new regulations will make it possible to field the cars in both championships.

4. It provides the basis for the joint races to be held for the first time starting in 2019 and increased internationalization.

However, following on from Mercedes-Benz’ exit, a minimum of three brands being represented from 2020 will be the prerequisite for Audi’s continuing DTM commitment.

“In Formula E, we’re demonstrating Vorsprung durch Technik in e-mobility,” shared Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, AUDI AG with MotorMartin. “At the same time, we continue to further develop our internal combustion engines. Four-cylinder turbo units with two liters of displacement provide a good mix of performance and efficiency. They are the most important engines worldwide and will be used in Class One starting in 2019. As a result, the DTM – just like Formula E – will receive an increased reference to production development.”

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