Audi has already equalled its record last year of global deliveries (1.34 million units) after just 11 months in 2012. Audi is reaping plenty of successes in motorsport too. For the 2013 season, Audi is focused on the title defence in the FIA World Championship (WEC), the commitment in the DTM and extended activities in US racing.
Last Wednesday, the "Audi Sport Finale" took place at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt. At this event, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Member of the Management Board for Technical Development at AUDI AG, said that succeeding in motorsport is a part of its brand’s DNA. He added that its technical expertise is demonstrated with its wins in the race tracks around the world. Audi competes as the title defender in 2013 at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
From Audi Sport Team Joest will come two updated Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars and a third R18 e-tron quattro will join the Le Mans 24 Hours and the WEC race at Spa.
Audi is exclusively relying on hybrid technology at Le Mans and in the WEC. Audi introduced this technology in 2012. More power is offered by the flywheel energy storage system without a major increase in weight and size. The exterior of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro is not much different from this year’s winning car but multiple technical innovations are again built under the vehicle’s ultra-light carbon fibre skin.
Audi Sport is working on a parallel project – the successor car for the new LMP1 regulations that will be implemented as of 2014. For the WEC and Le Mans in 2013, Audi’s driver lineup consists of the current World Champions Marcel Fässler (Switzerland), André Lotterer (Germany) and Benoît Tréluyer (France) plus new signing Lucas di Grassi (Brazil), Loïc Duval (France), Marc Gené (Spain), Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain), Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen (Denmark) and Allan McNish (Scotland).