• Audi Sport’s activities will feature even greater diversity in 2015
  • Le Mans prototypes and DTM as top-level commitments
  • New race car for GT racing and racing series for rookies

Ingolstadt/Neckarsulm, January 20, 2015 – AUDI AG is proud of another year
of record sales. In motorsport, the brand with the four rings is poised for growth as well. The world of Audi Sport will be featuring even greater diversity in the 2015 season. Audi Sport encompasses both factory-backed and customer motorsport activity and includes the Audi Driving Experience, the Audi RS models and the Audi R8.

“Success on the race track, more than ever before, has become an important tool to thrill customers,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “That’s why our motorsport program will be extended further this year. In the new Audi Sport TT Cup, young drivers will be given an opportunity to enter motorsport with Audi.”

The planned growth for 2015 comes on the back of a successful Audi motorsport season in 2014. During the course of 2014, there were triumphs achieved in the three prestigious 24-hour races at Le Mans (France), at the Nürburgring (Germany) and at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) with the Audi R18 e-tron quattro and the AudiR8 LMS ultra within the space of just 42 days. In the DTM, Audi, with the RS 5 DTM, secured the manufacturers’ title for the first time since 2004, plus second and third place in the drivers’ classification.

15 titles and numerous single victories were celebrated by the teams of Audi Sport customer racing in Australia, Asia, North America and Europe. These were all celebrated at the Audi Sport Finale 2014, the Audi motorsport squad’s traditional close of season event at the Audi Forum Neckarsulm. The event culminated in the very emotional farewell to Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen, who announced his retirement at the end of the 2014 season. In his congratulatory remarks, Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich called the Dane “one of the greatest race drivers of all time who will not only be missed by Audi.”

On the occasion of ending his active career, Kristensen was presented with the Audi R18 e-tron quattro in which he had become 2013 FIA World Endurance Champion, crowning his unique career under the banner of the four rings.

Following on from this landmark end to 2014 and moving forward into 2015, AUDI AG’s new one-make cup, the Audi Sport TT Cup, will line up on the grid at a total of six events in Germany and Austria, doubling up with the DTM. 165 drivers from 30 nations have applied for the Audi Sport TT Cup. The selection process for the 18 available slots has already begun.

The winner of the Audi Sport TT Cup can look forward to support in the company’s GT program that will be in focus next year. The car to follow the successful Audi R8 LMS is ready to race. Audi will be subjecting the new GT3 sports car to tough testing in selected endurance races before customer deliveries begin at the end of 2015.

In top-caliber racing Audi opts for continuity. In the internationally popular DTM touring car series and in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with its pinnacle event of the season at Le Mans (France), Audi will be competing with a minimally changed driver line-up.

Only the place that has become vacant due to the retirement of Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen will be filled – and, as usual at Audi, with a driver from the brand’s own young-driver promotion program: Oliver Jarvis (GB) will move up from the third Le Mans car into the WEC regular driver squad and contest the full WEC season in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

In the WEC, Audi continues to rely on Audi Sport Team Joest as in the past. The most successful Le Mans team of all time will be fielding two further-developed Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars in all eight races. An additional R18 will be entered in the 6-hour race at Spa and in the Le Mans 24 Hours, with GT driver René Rast (D) completing the line-up for these events.

Responsibility for fielding the total of eight Audi RS 5 DTM cars will be assumed by the seasoned Audi Sport Teams Abt Sportsline, Phoenix and Rosberg. Three DTM Champions – Mattias Ekström (S), Mike Rockenfeller (D) and Timo Scheider (D), who have won nearly half of all DTM titles for Audi since 2004 – will continue to spearhead the DTM squad.

Audi Sport will have a new Head of Technology who started on January 1. Jörg Zander (50), who holds an engineering degree, has more than 20 years of experience with major automobile manufacturers and renowned race teams under his belt. In 2009, Zander became self-employed on starting his own engineering office that used to work for Audi Sport as well. His successful predecessor Dr. Martin Mühlmeier will be switching to production development at Audi.

Audi Growth in Motorsport

2015 WEC driver teams
Marcel Fässler (CH)/André Lotterer (D)/Benoît Tréluyer (F)
Loïc Duval (F)/Lucas di Grassi (BR)/Oliver Jarvis (GB)
Filipe Albuquerque (P)/Marco Bonanomi (I)/René Rast (D)

2015 DTM drivers
Mattias Ekström (S), Jamie Green (GB), Miguel Molina (E), Edoardo Mortara (I), Nico Müller (CH), Mike Rockenfeller (D), Timo Scheider (D), Adrien Tambay (F)

2015 Schedule
FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)

12/04 Silverstone (GB)
02/05 Spa-Francorchamps (B)
13-14/06 Le Mans (F)
30/08 Nürburgring (D)
19/09 Austin (USA)
11/10 Fuji (J)
01/11 Shanghai (CN)
21/11 Bahrain (BRN)

02-03/05 Hockenheim (D)
30-31/05 Lausitzring (D)
27-28/06 Norisring (D)
11-12/07 Zandvoort (NL)
01-02/08 Red Bull Ring Spielberg (A)
29-30/08 Moskau (RUS)
12-13/09 Oschersleben (D)
26-27/09 Nürburgring (D)
17-18/10 Hockenheim (D)
GT racing (24-hour races)
16-17/05 Nürburgring (D)
25-26/07 Spa-Francorchamps (B)

Audi Sport TT Cup
02-03/05 Hockenheim (D)
27-28/06 Norisring (D)
01-02/08 Red Bull Ring Spielberg (A)
12-13/09 Oschersleben (D)
26-27/09 Nürburgring (D)
17-18/10 Hockenheim (D)

The Audi Group delivered approximately 1,741,100 cars of the Audi brand to customers in 2014. As one of the most successful models, the Audi A3 has been awarded the title of “World Car of the Year 2014“ by an international jury of journalists (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8,3 – 3.2; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 194 – 85). In 2013, the company reported revenue of €49.9 billion and an operating profit of €5.03 billion. The company operates globally in more than 100 markets and has production facilities in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm (Germany), Győr (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium), Bratislava (Slovakia), Martorell (Spain), Kaluga (Russia), Aurangabad (India), Changchun (China) and Jakarta (Indonesia). Since the end of 2013, the brand with the Four Rings has also been producing cars in Foshan (China). As of mid-2015, Audi will operate a production facility in São José dos Pinhais (Brazil), followed by San José Chiapa (Mexico) in 2016. Wholly owned subsidiaries of AUDI AG include quattro GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy), the sports motorcycle manufacturer. The company currently employs approximately 80,000 people worldwide, thereof approximately 55,800 in Germany. Total investment of around €24 billion is planned from 2015 to 2019 – primarily in new products and sustainable technologies. Audi is committed to its corporate responsibility and has anchored the principle of sustainability for its products and processes in its strategy. The long-term goal is CO2-neutral mobility.

AUDI AG’s commitment to the region was confirmed through the foundation of its fully owned subsidiary in 2005. The current Middle East model range comprises the Audi A1, A3 and S3 Sedan, A4 and RS 4 Avant, the A5 Coupe, Sportback, Cabriolet and RS 5, the A6, S6 & RS 6 Avant, A7, S7 & RS 7, A8 L & S8, the Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7, the Audi TT Coupe/Roadster and TT RS Coupe, the Audi R8 Coupe and R8 Spyder as well as R8 V10 plus.

Audi Growth in Motorsport

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