36 years of “Vorsprung durch Technik”

The success story began with a Audi quattro

Disregarding a pre-World War II epoch including Auto Union’s mythological Grand Prix competition cars in a 1930s, a motorsport story of AUDI AG began with a Audi quattro. The autocratic victories, and dual manufacturers’ and dual drivers’ titles achieved with a “original quattro” in a World Rally Championship between 1982 and 1984, were a pivotal cause in producing a success of quattro expostulate in a marketplace.

quattro winning in circuit racing as well

After Audi had incited rallying upside down, attack adult Pikes Peak (USA) with a Sport quattro in record time 3 times in succession, Audi determined quattro expostulate in circuit racing as well: primarily with a Audi 200 quattro and a Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO in a United States, in a German Touring Car Championship (DTM) with dual pretension wins of a Audi V8 quattro in 1990 and 1991 – and eventually with a A4 in production-based super furloughed vehicle racing. 1996 saw a Audi A4 quattro bind championship titles in 7 countries. Between 2012 and 2016, a all-wheel expostulate element returned to a competition lane as a e-tron quattro.

Audi R8 many successful present-day Le Mans sports car

After a widespread quattro expostulate was criminialized from furloughed vehicle racing, Audi switched to sports prototypes and went on to underpin a company’s aphorism “Vorsprung durch Technik” in this motorsport difficulty as good for 18 years. In a 1999 entrance during Le Mans, a world’s toughest continuation race, Audi, on clinching third place, now managed a jump onto a winners’ podium. In a following years, a Audi R8 was in a category of a own. From 2000 to 2002, Audi achieved a ancestral hat-trick, not slightest interjection to debuting TFSI record that subsequently done a approach into prolongation technology. 2004 and 2005 saw patron teams measure dual serve altogether victories for Audi. The R8 cumulative a place in motorsport story with a sum of 63 victories in 80 sports vehicle races.

Title wins following lapse to DTM

Following Laurent Aiello’s 2002 attainment in a Abt-Audi TT-R, Audi returned to a DTM with a bureau joining in 2004 and, with Mattias Ekström, now clinched a title. The Swede triumphed again in 2007, while in 2008 and 2009 Timo Scheider won, creation Audi a initial – and so distant usually – vehicle manufacturer in DTM story to have achieved a pretension hat-trick. Martin Tomczyk finished a success story of a Audi A4 DTM in a 2011 deteriorate with another pretension win – a fifth one in sum for a Audi A4 DTM. In 2013, Mike Rockenfeller in a Audi RS 5 DTM claimed a ninth DTM pretension in sum for Audi.

Pioneering achievements with TDI technology

With TDI technology, Audi demonstrated a pioneering achievement, again proof “Vorsprung durch Technik” in a process. In 2006, a Audi R10 TDI featuring a new judgment was a first-ever vehicle with diesel appetite to delight in a mythological Le Mans 24 Hours. In total, TDI record won during Le Mans on 8 occasions. 2007 and 2008 again saw Audi win during Le Mans with a R10 TDI. In addition, Audi won a American Le Mans Series 3 times in period with a diesel-powered sports car, plus, in 2008, a Le Mans Series in Europe. With a R15 TDI, Audi distinguished a one-two-three outcome in a fastest Le Mans competition of all time in 2010, as good as environment a new stretch record that has not been damaged to date. In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Audi TDI Power again won during Le Mans, and in 2014, a code distinguished a 13th attainment in usually 16 races it had participated in. Audi has been demonstrating “Vorsprung durch Technik” in terms of appetite potency as well, carrying reduced diesel expenditure by 46 percent via a whole TDI epoch within a space of one decade.

First hybrid leader during Le Mans

On clinching a initial attainment of a hybrid competition vehicle in a Le Mans 24 Hours in 2012, Audi achieved another pioneering attainment in a world’s many critical continuation race. Three times in period (2012, 2013 and 2014), a Audi R18 e-tron quattro remained dominant during Le Mans. Numerous other innovations such as Audi laser light element a brand’s pioneering bravery in technology. Drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles with a hybrid sports vehicle clinched in a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2012 and 2013 finish a lane record of Audi’s sports vehicle era, that finished in 2016.

GT racing as third pillar

In a R8 LMS, Audi, in 2009, grown a competition vehicle privately for use in patron racing for a initial time. The GT3 sports car, some-more than 50 percent of that consists of prolongation components, now impressed. By a finish of 2016, Audi delivered some-more than 200 competition cars to customers. In Mar 2015, Audi presented a second era of a successful GT3 sports vehicle that, usually dual months later, won a 24-hour competition during a Nürburgring. To date, 35 altogether drivers’ titles around a globe, 9 altogether victories in a iconic 24-hour races such as a ones during a Nürburgring and during Spa-Francorchamps, and 4 successes in 12-hour races have been achieved by a R8 LMS.

“Vorsprung durch Technik” to continue creation a mark

For a 2017 season, Audi Sport has repositioned a commitment. The association demonstrates “Vorsprung durch Technik” not usually in a DTM, though in dual racing categories that have been enclosed in a brand’s portfolio for a initial time. Audi supports a rallycross group of Mattias Ekström who in 2016 won a drivers’ and teams’ classifications in a FIA World Rallycross Championship. Starting in a 2016/2017 season, Audi has strong a impasse in Formula E Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport as well. In addition, it is designed to enhance Formula E into a factory-backed motorsport module for a 2017/2018 season. It is a first-ever array featuring all-electric competition cars.