Audi stipulates reasons for DTM exit and putting resources behind Formula E programme

On its method to changing into a supplier of premium mobility with a carbon-neutral footprint, Audi is realigning the model’s motorsport program: The 4 rings is not going to lengthen their dedication within the DTM touring automotive racing sequence past the 2020 season. 

The administration board of Audi AG made this determination additionally in mild of the financial challenges as a result of corona pandemic and communicated it to ITR e.V., the DTM’s umbrella group, this previous Monday, April 27.

Consequently, the profitable involvement in System E and buyer racing might be taking middle stage in Audi’s future motorsport actions. 

The model has been represented in System E ever for the reason that widespread fully-electric racing sequence started in 2014. With 41 trophies, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler has been essentially the most profitable System E group through the years.

Shaping of entities

Off the race observe, Audi is planning to generate about 40% of its gross sales with electrical automobiles and plug-in-hybrids by 2025.

Markus Duesmann, chairman of the Board of Administration of Audi AG, says: “Audi has formed the DTM and the DTM has formed Audi. This demonstrates what energy lies in motorsport – technologically and emotionally. With this vitality, we’ll drive our transformation right into a supplier of sporty, sustainable electrical mobility ahead.

“That is why we’re additionally focusing our efforts on the race observe and systematically competing for tomorrow’s ‘Vorsprung.’ System E provides a really enticing platform for this. To enhance it, we’re investigating different progressive motorsport codecs for the longer term.”

Audi seems again on a massively profitable previous in DTM. Having scored 23 championship titles, together with eleven driver titles, plus 114 victories, 345 podium finishes, 106 pole positions, and 112 quickest laps, Audi formed the DTM from 1990 to 1992 and from 2000 onwards.

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With three of three attainable championship titles, quite a few podiums, and lots of different data, 2019 has thus far been essentially the most profitable DTM season within the firm’s historical past. 

Audi want to proceed these successes within the 2020 season and bid farewell to the DTM followers with a profitable title protection in all three championships. 

Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, member of the board for improvement, provides: “We’re hoping that this at present troublesome scenario will enhance quickly and that we’ll nonetheless be capable to contest just a few DTM races this yr. The followers would deserve this, and so would the ITR, our drivers, in addition to our groups and companions, who will now have satisfactory advance discover to reposition themselves for the time after 2020. Profitable motorsport is – and can proceed to be – an essential aspect of Audi’s DNA.”

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