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WEC Prologue 2016

The Audi R18 LMP1 sports car showcases efficiency technologies and future developments. In the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC, it faces strong competition from Porsche and Toyota in 2016.

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  • 08/29/16
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    Audi and the FIA WEC break new ground in Mexico

    Just one month before the factory opening, Audi starts the crucial phase of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Mexico. Five of the nine championship races on the calendar are held between September and November. The world tour begins with the first ever world championship race in Mexico City on September 3. For drivers and engineers alike, it is the altitude of the 4.304 kilometer long track that represents the biggest change: at a height of more than 2,000 meters above sea level the air is quite literally rarified.
  • 07/24/16
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    WEC Nürburgring: Audi Sport quotes

    Quotes from the Audi team following the two podium results in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the Nürburgring.
  • 07/24/16
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    Good team performance by Audi in home round

    Audi started the 6 Hours of Nürburgring from positions one and two on the grid. In a thrilling battle for the lead in round four of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the two Audi R18 cars initially took turns at the front of the field. In the end, Audi Sport Team Joest achieved positions two and three – a caution period in the third hour of the race having deprived the squad of the chance to clinch its second victory of the season.
  • 07/23/16
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    Audi top in qualifying for home round

    Impressive performance in qualifying in the Eifel: Marcel Fässler (CH) and André Lotterer (D) in the Audi R18 clinched grid position one in round four of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). With a gap of only 26 hundredths of a second Lucas di Grassi (BR) and Oliver Jarvis (GB) in the sister car number 8 directly trailed them.
  • 07/18/16
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    Thrilling home round for Audi in World Endurance Championship

    Crowd support guaranteed: Audi is traveling to round four of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) full of expectations. The series’ only German round at the Nürburgring is on the calendar on July 24. Last year, 62,000 spectators flocked to the motorsport spectacle in the Eifel. This year, Audi is counting on at least equally great enthusiasm and intends to be involved in the thrilling battle for the top spot.
  • 06/19/16
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    ​Positions three and four for Audi at Le Mans

    Audi took positions three and four in the 24-hour race at Le Mans in front of 263,500 spectators, continuing its string of podium finishes in the iconic French endurance race.
  • 06/18/16
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    ​Hollywood stars visit Audi at Le Mans

    Hollywood stars in the pits, the new Audi TT RS on the race track, Mattias Ekström in the rallycross Audi and many other thrilling moments: off the race track, there was a lot going on at the Le Mans 24 Hours as well.
  • 06/17/16
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    ​WEC Le Mans qualifying: Audi Sport quotes

    Before the Le Mans 24 Hours the weather went haywire. That is why the starting grid has little indicative value. Quotes before the most important endurance race of the year.
  • 06/17/16
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    ​Both Audi cars on third row at Le Mans

    The two Audi R18 cars of Audi Sport Team Joest are going to tackle the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours from the third row. Changeable weather made for difficult conditions on both qualifying days and a grid of little indicative value.
  • 06/15/16
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    Audi to celebrate ten years of TDI at Le Mans

    Audi has made history at Le Mans. In 2006, the premium brand became the first manufacturer to win what is arguably the world’s toughest endurance race with diesel power. 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of this achievement. Today, the TDI engine is more efficient than ever before and part of a highly complex diesel-hybrid powertrain. Never before has an Audi LMP1 race car been as powerful and fuel-efficient as the current Audi R18.
  • 06/10/16
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    24 Hours of Le Mans: Toughest race of the year for Audi

    Never before has Audi made so much out of so little: In its 18th Le Mans participation since 1999, Audi has less fuel energy at its disposal than ever before – and less than its competitors, as specified by the regulations. Still, the new Audi R18 LMP sports car is to battle for the top spot on June 18 and 19 thanks to notable efficiency. 13 times Audi has won the 24-hour race to date and this year the endurance classic will arguably be as tough as never before.
  • 05/07/16
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    WEC Spa: Audi Sport quotes

    Quotes from Audi’s team following its first victory in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season at Spa-Francorchamps.
  • 05/07/16
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    Audi celebrates first WEC victory this season at Spa

    Audi has won the unusually tough second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Spa-Francorchamps. In temperatures above 25 degrees centigrade, in the end only two of the six hybrid sports cars from all manufacturers that had started finished at the front of the field in Belgium. Victory with a two-lap advantage was celebrated by Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Oliver Jarvis (BR/F/GB) following an impeccable race in their Audi R18.
  • 05/06/16
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    Audi on second and third rows at Spa

    In the battle for grid positions in round two of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Audi did not find an optimum set-up for the conditions. The two R18 cars had to admit defeat to their competitors on the 7.004-kilometer circuit at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
  • 04/29/16
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    Audi aims to continue major successes at Spa

    Audi has great plans for round two of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) on Saturday, May 7. On the race track at Spa, Belgium, the premium brand with the Audi R18 is aiming to continue its string of podium successes, the beginning of which now dates back six years.
  • 04/21/16
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    Audi chooses not to appeal in FIA WEC

    Audi has chosen not to lodge an appeal following the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in the United Kingdom. After Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer had won the Silverstone 6 Hours on April 17, their Audi R18 was excluded post-race from the classification due to a violation of the LMP1 class Technical Regulations.
  • 04/18/16
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    Audi team to appeal FIA decision

    Audi Sport Team Joest has appealed against the exclusion of winners Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer. Hence the result of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season opener remains provisional.
  • 04/17/16
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    WEC Silverstone: Audi Sport quotes

    Audi celebrated the 106th victory of an LMP race car in the company’s history at Silverstone. Quotes following the victorious season opener of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
  • 04/17/16
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    Audi wins first WEC round at Silverstone

    Audi managed an opening round in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) that was made to measure. Following a riveting battle with Porsche at Silverstone, the new Audi R18 won at its first fielding in a race. Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) secured pole position on Saturday and celebrated victory with a 46-second advantage on Sunday.
  • 04/16/16
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    Pole position for Audi in Silverstone

    Audi has established the best starting base for itself for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season opener in Silverstone. Car number “7” of Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) set the fastest time, trailed by Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Oliver Jarvis (BR/F/GB) in number “8” with a gap of just one tenth of a second. For Audi, it has been the twelfth occasion of setting the fastest time in the FIA WEC which has been held since 2012.
  • 04/11/16
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    Season opener for Audi at Silverstone

    Audi will start to its fifth season in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) on April 17. On the 5.891-kilometer track at Silverstone near the UK town of Northampton, the brand will be contesting the season opener with two new LMP1 race cars.
  • 03/22/16
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    The new Audi R18

    For the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Le Mans 24 Hours, Audi is emphasizing focal areas in the 2016 season: The Audi R18 that has been redesigned from scratch has almost nothing in common anymore with its predecessor. It features a more radical aerodynamics concept, including a new safety cell, its hybrid drive system is battery-operated for the first time, the V6 TDI engine has been revised, and new system solutions have been added. As a result, Audi’s LMP1 sports car is a vehicle that is more powerful and – once more – clearly more efficient than its predecessor. While the new R18 is Audi’s strongest race car to date, it consumes less fuel than any of the generations before it.
  • 03/21/16
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    Audi to present new R18 on the internet

    At the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) prologue at Le Castellet (F) on March 25/26, the new Audi R18 will be meeting with its competitors for the first time. Prior to this meeting, the LMP1 sports car will celebrate its premiere on Audi MediaTV.
  • 11/21/15
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    WEC Bahrain: Audi Sport quotes

    Audi kept the most thrilling title decision ever in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) open up to the finale. A deficit of only five points in the title race is the closest result to date in the FIA WEC’s four years.
  • 11/21/15
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    Vice world championship title for Audi drivers

    Audi was strong in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) finale, but not strong enough. Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) are world championship runners-up for the third time in succession. In the end, the Audi driver trio came up short by only five points of clinching its second World Championship title after 2012.
  • 11/20/15
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    Grid positions three and four for Audi in Bahrain

    Audi has been fully concentrating on race preparations in round eight of the FIA World Endurance Championship. In qualifying, the team chose not to use several sets of tires. The high temperatures at the Bahrain 6 Hours make maximum demands on both ‘man and material.’
  • 11/13/15
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    WEC finale: Audi to battle for third title

    Audi has kept the decision in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) open up to the finale. In Bahrain, the drivers from Audi Sport Team Joest will be battling with the Porsche drivers for the World Championship title on November 21.
  • 11/01/15
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    WEC Shanghai: Audi Sport quotes

    Audi, on taking positions three and four, has kept the title decision open in the drivers’ classification of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Shanghai. Post-race quotes.
  • 11/01/15
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    Audi keeps title race open for WEC finale

    Audi is keeping the most thrilling title race the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) has seen in its four-year history to date open until the finale. In China, Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer achieved third place and, as a result, continue to maintain second place in the drivers’ world championship before the finale. In rain, Audi was running in front in round seven of the season in China at times.
  • 10/31/15
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    Audi on second row at Shanghai

    As expected, Audi will be facing a major challenge in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in China. In qualifying on the track at Shanghai, the two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars took positions three and four.
  • 10/26/15
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    Audi ready for intense final stage in WEC title race

    The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is turning onto the finish straight. Three quarters into the season, the title race is extremely close. Before round seven at Shanghai on November 1, Audi is separated from the top spot in the standings by only a single point.
  • 10/11/15
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    WEC Fuji: Audi Sport quotes

    Audi achieved a podium result for the sixth time in succession in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) this season. Quotes after the race.
  • 10/11/15
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    Sixth podium place in succession for Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer

    Audi made a step forwards in terms of vehicle performance in the sixth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Fuji. But by achieving positions three and four, the race results did not fully reflect the true progress made. In changeable weather conditions, the Audi squad was unfortunate several times in terms of tire choices and caution periods.
  • 10/10/15
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    Audi reduces gap in qualifying at Fuji

    Audi came closer to the top in qualifying for round six of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Japan. While the gap to the fastest time in the previous event amounted to 1.3 seconds, the best Audi R18 e-tron quattro trailed the leader in qualifying by just a little less than three tenths of a second at Fuji.
  • 10/05/15
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    Audi faces challenging task in Japan

    The FIA World Endurance Championship WEC is currently one of the most exciting series in motorsport: Audi drivers Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) start the sixth round of the season in Japan on October 11 with a ten-point advantage. Two other events follow before the end of November. The title race in the sports car series remains open.
  • 09/20/15
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    WEC Austin: Audi Sport quotes

    Both driver squads of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro achieved a podium result in round five of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Austin. Quotes following the solid team performance in Texas.
  • 09/20/15
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    Audi remains in front after Austin

    Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) maintain their position at the top of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with Audi. The driver trio of the number ‘7’ Audi R18 e-tron quattro took second place on the circuit at Austin, marking its fifth consecutive podium finish this year. The 2012 World Champions have been leading the drivers’ standings since the beginning of the season. For the first time this year, car number ‘8’ clinched a podium result as well.
  • 09/19/15
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    Audi in grid positions three and four at Austin

    As before at the Nürburgring, the number ‘8’ Audi R18 e-tron quattro will start round five of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) from position three. On the circuit at Austin, Texas, it will share the second row of the grid with the sister car driven by Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer.
  • 09/11/15
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    Audi aims to defend lead in United States

    Since April, they have been the front runners: Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) will start the second half of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season with Audi as the leaders of the standings. At Austin in the U.S. state of Texas, Audi is aiming to continue its string of success in the United States.
  • 08/30/15
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    WEC Nürburgring: Audi Sport quotes

    Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) have maintained the lead of the standings for Audi with 17 points halfway through the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season. Quotes following the German premiere of the racing series at the Nürburgring.
  • 08/30/15
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    Audi maintains lead of the standings in WEC home round at the Nürburgring

    Advantage maintained: The Audi drivers Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) remain the leaders of the standings halfway through the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season. The 2012 World Champions achieved third place in the 6-hour race at the Nürburgring in front of a large crowd, defending their 17-point advantage in the drivers’ classification.
  • 08/29/15
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    Second row for Audi at the Nürburgring

    Audi qualified on the second row of the grid in round four of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The number ‘8’ Audi R18 e-tron quattro was the faster one of the two hybrid sports cars with the four rings at the Nürburgring.
  • 08/21/15
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    Audi driver trio as leaders of the standings in WEC race at the Nürburgring

    The Audi drivers will be entering round four of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) as leaders of the standings after the summer break. Following two victories and another podium result, Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) are traveling to Audi’s home round at the Nürburgring with a 20-point advantage.
  • 06/14/15
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    WEC Le Mans race: Audi Sport quotes

    A record crowd of 263,500 spectators witnessed motorsport at the highest level for 24 hours. With a third place, Audi continued its string of podium positions, but missed taking overall victory. Quotes after the race.
  • 06/14/15
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    ​Le Mans: Audi fast but unfortunate

    Audi has continued its string of podium results in the 24-hour race at Le Mans but missed taking the 14th victory it was aiming for in the world’s most famous endurance race in positions three, four and seven.
  • 06/13/15
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    ​Le Mans: President of France visits Audi

    The 24-hour race at Le Mans is one of the world’s biggest sporting events, which attracts several hundreds of thousands of fans and many prominent guests. Audi is, as most successful brand in recent Le Mans history, particularly popular.
  • 06/12/15
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    WEC Le Mans qualifying: Audi Sport quotes

    Audi is ready for one of the greatest challenges in motorsport: the Le Mans 24 Hours. Before the race on Saturday (start at 15.00, CEST), drivers and officials are confident. Quotes after qualifying.
  • 06/12/15
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    Audi ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

    After an arduous day’s work on Thursday, Audi Sport Team Joest is now ready for the greatest challenge of the 2015 motorsport season – the 24 Hours of Le Mans (start Saturday at 1500 CEST).
  • 06/11/15
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    Flashback: Le Mans 2014 and the most efficient race car

    This weekend, Audi will be battling for its 14th victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The aim, again, is to cover the longest distance with maximum efficiency because, since 2014, regulations have been in effect that require the teams to achieve the maximum from a specified amount of fuel. Audi was already the best in this discipline in the debut year.
  • 06/11/15
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    ​Le Mans: Audi drivers with most laps

    A couple of unanswered questions remain after the first day of practice for the Le Mans 24 Hours (start on Saturday at 1500 CEST). Rain showers and several stoppages complicated also the work for Audi Sport Team Joest, which completed the most laps around the ‘Circuit des 24 Heures’ on Wednesday.
  • 06/09/15
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    ​Succeeding with efficiency: Audi aims for 14th Le Mans win

    Audi is set on continuing its string of victories in the world’s toughest endurance race on 13th and 14th June. Five times in succession, the sports cars with the four rings have won the iconic race since 2010. Audi is now battling for an amazing 14th victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours in the past 16 years. The efficiency technology Audi ultra is a major element of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid sports car’s overall concept this year.
  • 06/03/15
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    Flashback: Le Mans 2013 and the Audi win under unequal prerequisites

    In two weeks from now, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro will be challenged to claim its fourth consecutive victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours, with Audi competing against three manufacturers. At the same time, this will be a battle of the concepts: diesel vs. gasoline engines, kinetic vs. thermal energy recuperation and electromechanical vs. electrostatic vs. electrochemical storage. This brings back memories of the race two years ago.
  • 05/31/15
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    Positive test day for Audi at Le Mans

    At Le Mans, Audi thoroughly prepared for the 24-hour race to be held in two weeks from now. On the official test day for the most important endurance race of the year, the three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars completed detailed programs and reeled off 288 laps. On June 13 and 14, Audi will be battling for its 14th victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours at La Sarthe.
  • 05/22/15
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    Flashback: Le Mans 2012 and the first hybrid victory

    The new Audi R18 e-tron quattro competes in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in three weeks. The regulations stipulate that the sports car must be even more economical. At the same time, it will achieve significantly better lap times. With this efficiency gain, Audi makes the next step in the development of hybrid technology. In 2012, Audi was the first manufacturer to win Le Mans with hybrid drive. And to this day, this technology of the brand with the four rings is unbeaten in the endurance classic.
  • 05/20/15
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    Flashback: Le Mans 2011 and the victory of the lone fighters

    Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer will be traveling to the Le Mans 24 Hours as the current leaders of the standings in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). When the trio starts at Le Mans in three weeks from now, it will be battling for its fourth victory in the iconic endurance race. Together with Audi Sport Team Joest and its race engineer, Leena Gade, it forms a close-knit team that achieved its first victory at Le Mans in a dramatic race four years ago.
  • 05/15/15
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    United for the first time: Audi’s 13 Le Mans winners

    29 days to go until the Le Mans 24 Hours: Audi is intensively preparing to battle for its 14th victory in the world’s toughest endurance race. Since 2000, the brand has won the race 13 times. This year, Audi has assembled all of its Le Mans winning models for a group photo for the first time. Every single one of them represents ‘Vorsprung durch Technik.’
  • 05/08/15
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    ​Flashback: Le Mans 2010 and the distance record

    Audi’s success in the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours marked the brand’s ninth victory in the iconic endurance race. Timo Bernhard (D), Romain Dumas (F) and Mike Rockenfeller (D) celebrated their first victory at La Sarthe. The three youngsters in their Audi R15 TDI covered a total of 5,410 kilometers, breaking the 39-year-old distance record by 75 kilometers. In addition, Audi achieved its fourth one-two-three result in this race.
  • 05/07/15
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    René Rast – a career within the Group

    On the first weekend in May, René Rast debuted in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the Spa 6 Hours and together with his team-mates immediately finished in fourth place – the highlight to date in what has been a remarkable career. Ten years ago, the now 28-year-old race driver was on the grid with a brand from the Volkswagen Group for the first time. Today, he is racing for Audi in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
  • 05/04/15
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    Flashback: Le Mans 2008 and the unforgettable battle in rain

    The 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours ranks as one of the top spots on the list of motorsport history’s epic events. A gripping battle between Audi and Peugeot marked the race from lights to flag, with Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish in the Audi R10 TDI displaying their driving experience on track and benefiting from the tactical skills of the crew in the command post.
  • 05/03/15
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    WEC Spa: Audi Sport quotes

    Lead of the standings extended: In a 6-hour race that saw a hot lights-to-flag battle, André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer celebrated their second victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season at Spa. Post-race quotes.
  • 05/02/15
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    Audi celebrates second WEC season victory at Spa

    Following the thrilling season opener of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Great Britain, Audi was unbeatable again in Belgium. On the challenging track at Spa, Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) proved their class again on clinching their second victory this season and tenth WEC success in total.
  • 05/01/15
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    Audi on second row in qualifying at Spa

    Audi managed the leap onto the second row of the grid in round two of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). In qualifying at Spa (Belgium) the Audi R18 e-tron quattro car number ‘7’ from Audi Sport Team Joest on its fastest lap was short 0.359 seconds of setting the best time.
  • 04/30/15
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    Flashback: Le Mans 2007 and the victory of the only remaining Audi

    After Audi had gone down in history in clinching the first diesel-powered victory at Le Mans in 2006, the race the following year held the next major challenge in store for the brand. The 75th running of the epic event showed one of its particularly grueling facets.
  • 04/29/15
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    ​Audi R18 e-tron quattro with new aerodynamics

    At the 6 Hours of Spa, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro debuts a new bodywork configuration. It differs significantly from the version with which Audi won the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC season opener at Silverstone. Jan Monchaux, Head of Aerodynamics at Audi Sport, explains the background.
  • 04/27/15
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    Flashback: Le Mans 2006 and the first diesel success

    Audi has always stood for pioneering achievements. The brand with the four rings was the first automobile manufacturer to win the World Rally Championship in 1982 with a four-wheel drive model, the legendary quattro. And at Le Mans, Audi again turned conventional wisdom upside down. Never before had a marque tried to win the 24-hour race with a diesel engine – the time to do so was ripe in 2006.
  • 04/24/15
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    Audi before next WEC thriller

    Overtaking maneuvers on each lap, wheel-to-wheel duels, lead changes and a 4.6-second advantage for Audi after six hours of racing: The WEC opening round at Silverstone could not have been more thrilling. As the leaders of the standings, Audi is now traveling to the second in a total of eight World Championship rounds with high expectations. On May 2, the Spa 6 Hours is on the calendar of Audi Sport Team Joest – a classic race that promises to become equally exciting as the most recent one at Silverstone.
  • 04/20/15
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    ​A great opportunity for three talents

    The third R18 e-tron quattro that is additionally fielded in two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is a ‘dream cockpit’ for many race drivers. Audi has traditionally been offering selected talents an opportunity to prove themselves at the wheel of this car. Be it Mike Rockenfeller, who was in the cockpit of the third LMP race car for the first time in 2007 and, three years later, celebrated overall victory at Le Mans with Audi, Loïc Duval, Lucas di Grassi or Oliver Jarvis, all of them have since been promoted to regular cockpits – so the third car is practically a career springboard.
  • 04/16/15
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    Flashback: Le Mans 2005 and an Audi victory that seemed impossible

    In 37 years, not a single American team had won at Le Mans until, in 2005, the Audi customer team ADT Champion Racing, in spite of being in a near-hopeless position, ended this barren spell with the Audi R8 – because team spirit and consistency are sometimes more important than lap times alone.
  • 04/12/15
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    WEC Silverstone: Audi Sport quotes

    More than 45,000 spectators witnessed a fascinating FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season opener at Silverstone. The victorious Audi R18 e-tron quattro covered a record distance of 201 laps in the race. Quotes following the start of the season.
  • 04/12/15
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    Audi wins WEC opener at Silverstone

    Audi Sport managed a dream start of the 2015 motorsport year. In the season opener of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Silverstone, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer took victory after a thrilling six-hour race in which the lead kept changing and was fiercely contested.
  • 04/11/15
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    Audi starts WEC season from second row

    Motorsport fans can look forward to a thrilling FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season opener. In the qualifying session at Silverstone (Great Britain) the gaps between the top cars amounted to only a few tenths of a second. Loïc Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis, who will be starting the 6-hour race on Sunday from position three in their Audi R18 e-tron quattro, were the best Audi team.
  • 04/09/15
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    Oliver Jarvis: “A dream comes true for me”

    At home yet very unfamiliar: Audi driver Oliver Jarvis starts his season with Audi in his British homeland at Silverstone. Despite this, much is new in the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC for the 31-year old professional racing driver.
  • 04/06/15
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    Audi ready to battle for World Endurance Championship title

    Audi is ready for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). On Sunday, April 12, at Silverstone in the UK, the chase begins for the World Championship title that Audi won in 2012 and 2013. With two new R18 e-tron quattro cars and six successful drivers, Audi Sport Team Joest will be battling for the first victory in the new season.
  • 04/05/15
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    ​Flashback: Le Mans 2004 and the “japanese” Audi victory

    After Audi had won the Le Mans 24 Hours three times in succession between 2000 and 2002, the brand with the four rings left the field to its customers for the time being.
  • 04/01/15
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    ​Flashback: Le Mans 2002 and the hat-trick for Audi

    Audi managed a hat-trick at Le Mans in 2002. Never before had the same driver team triumphed at La Sarthe three times in succession. Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro/Tom Kristensen were the first to achieve this feat.
  • 03/29/15
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    Flashback: Le Mans 2001 and TFSI gasoline direct injection

    The Audi R8 won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the second time in the 2001 season. In addition to the sporting success, Audi caught the public’s attention with a technological innovation as well.
  • 03/28/15
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    ​Audi prepares for Silverstone season opener

    Audi used the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Prologue at Le Castellet to thoroughly prepare for the season opener. In the official track test of the racing series in southern France, the engineers tested the two R18 e-tron quattro cars that will be competing in the first WEC race in the United Kingdom.
  • 03/21/15
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    New Audi R18 e-tron quattro even more efficient

    Audi is starting the 2015 season with a thoroughly revised R18 e-tron quattro. In the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in the Le Mans 24 Hours as the season’s pinnacle event, Audi is going to compete with a hybrid sports car in the 4-megajoule class.
  • 03/19/15
    Sports

    ​Jörg Zander: achieving aims through communication

    Since 2015, Jörg Zander has been heading the technical team of Audi Sport that lays the foundations for success in the DTM and the WEC.
  • 03/15/15
    Sports

    René Rast: Fit for the endurance season

    In 2015, René Rast competes for the first time in Audi’s LMP program after having previously been very successful in GT3 racing in the Audi R8 LMS ultra. At Le Mans, in June, he will be able to prove that he is physically fit even for the highest demands.
  • 03/12/15
    Sports

    ​Flashback: Le Mans 2000 and the Audi idea of changing the rear end

    At the Geneva Motor Show in early March, the second generation of the Audi R8 celebrated its world debut – a high-performance sports car the genes and name of which have their origins in motorsport: in Le Mans, strictly speaking.
  • 03/09/15
    Sports

    WEC: the challengers

    When Lucas di Grassi (BR), Loïc Duval (F) and Oliver Jarvis (GB) start the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in April, they will do so as established Audi drivers. Still, the situation will be completely new for each of them, as they’re forming a driver team for the first time.
  • 02/27/15
    Sports

    ​Chris Reinke – achieving aims with positive energy

    Be it in his role as a manager at Audi Sport, in dealing with the race drivers or serving as an interview partner for the media: Chris Reinke, who heads up Audi Sport’s Le Mans Prototype (LMP) department, is a man in demand in the paddock of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and at the season’s pinnacle event – the Le Mans 24 Hours.
  • 02/19/15
    Sports

    Three friends in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro

    Audi’s Le Mans program has been in existence since 1999 and during this period there have been numerous successful driver teams competing in unchanged line-ups for many years. The three Le Mans winners Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) are by now ranking in second place of this list.
  • 02/15/15
    Sports

    René Rast – new signing with ambitions

    When Audi announced the up-and-coming racer René Rast as a new LMP driver in December 2014 a dream came true for him. Hailing from Westphalia, Rast is a German talent to have managed the leap into the top category of sports car racing. Alongside André Lotterer, he is the only other German in Audi Sport Team Joest.
  • 02/05/15
    Sports

    Three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars at Le Mans

    The wait is over: The Selection Committee of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) has accepted all nominations submitted by Audi for the 83rd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours. As a result, three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars will be competing in the world’s major endurance race on June 13 and 14, 2015, for which Tom Kristensen has been appointed as ‘Grand Marshal’ by the organizer.
  • 01/28/15
    Sports

    Oliver Jarvis and the fulfilment of a dream

    When Oliver Jarvis joined Audi in 2008 he had a dream: a ‘seat’ as a regular driver in Audi’s LMP squad. This dream has now come true.
  • 11/30/14
    Sports

    Emotional WEC finale for Audi at São Paulo

    Audi was pleased to finish the finale of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) on a positive note. The brand with the four rings achieved its sixth podium result of the season at São Paulo with Tom Kristensen securing another trophy in his last race as a pro. Audi closed the year in second place of the manufacturers’ standings, while Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) took second place in the drivers’ championship. Following a remarkable recovery, the trio in the number 2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro battled its way forwards from the last to fifth place.
  • 11/29/14
    Sports

    Second row of the grid for Audi in WEC finale

    Audi has achieved its best qualifying result of the season’s second half in the finale of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Brazil. Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) in the number 2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro qualified by setting the fourth-best lap time. The trio had last started from the second row at Austin in September, in the fourth of eight races of the season.
  • 11/24/14
    Sports

    Audi heads for grand WEC finale in Brazil

    Brazil is hosting the finale of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) for the first time. On November 30, WEC round eight will be held at São Paulo, marking the first time the manufacturers’ championship title outcome is determined in the last race of the season, Audi having become the World Champions early in 2012 and 2013, the first two WEC years. For Tom Kristensen (DK), the race marks the end of his career in professional racing.
  • 11/19/14
    Sports

    Audi factory driver Tom Kristensen ends unique professional career

    One of the really big names in sports is retiring: Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen will contest his last race as a professional race driver in São Paulo (Brazil) at the end of November. The 47-year-old Dane will be retained by the brand with the four rings as a representative and partner of Audi Sport.
  • 11/15/14
    Sports

    Audi continues to keep WEC title decision in manufacturers’ classification open in Bahrain

    In what has been its most work-intensive 6-hour race in the three-year history of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the Audi squad managed to continue to keep the title decision open. As a result, the manufacturers’ classification, for the first time ever, will only be decided in the finale after Audi had been “crowned” early as the World Champions in each of the past two years.
  • 11/14/14
    Sports

    Fifth place for Audi in qualifying in Bahrain

    Audi is dealing with a race before the race in round seven of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Bahrain. While Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer in car number 2 achieved fifth place in qualifying, Audi Sport Team Joest was simultaneously preparing car number one again from scratch. Following the first day of practice on the Bahrain International Circuit, Audi Sport Team Joest had discovered monocoque damage on the race car of Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen late on Thursday night. As a result, the trio was unable to participate in either the third free practice or in qualifying but will be admitted to start the race.
  • 11/10/14
    Sports

    Audi ready for challenges in Bahrain

    The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is turning onto the finish straight. Only 13 days after the race in China, round seven of the season follows in Bahrain on Saturday, November 15, and two weeks later, the finale is on the calendar. After taking victory on the Persian Gulf in 2012 and second place last year, Audi is again setting its sights on a podium position.
  • 11/02/14
    Sports

    Audi scores 22 points in battle for WEC title in China

    Audi just missed out on a podium place in round six of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Shanghai. Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) in the best Audi R18 e-tron quattro had to admit defeat in the six-hour race. The Le Mans winners crossed the finish line in front of their team-mates Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen (BR/F/DK).
  • 11/01/14
    Sports

    Audi in positions five and six in qualifying in China

    Audi took fifth and sixth place in qualifying for round six of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). In the race, Audi – currently the runner-up in the manufacturers’ standings – is aiming to make up positions with a consistently good performance throughout the six-hour race.
  • 10/27/14
    Sports

    World Endurance Championship visits Audi’s largest market

    The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is wound up to a high pitch. Within the space of three weeks, sports car fans have been thrilled by the lead in the manufacturers’ championship changing twice. Following two one-two victories in succession, Audi had taken the top spot in the standings at the season’s midpoint. Although the brand had to relinquish its lead in the race in Japan, it remains in striking distance of the leader of the standings. Now the World Championship decision is coming to a head, as the sixth of eight WEC races is on the agenda at Shanghai on November 2.
  • 10/12/14
    Sports

    Audi maintains its challenge for WEC title in Japan

    Round five of the FIA World Endurance Championship marked the end of a superb string of results for Audi. Following two consecutive one-two victories and a total of five podium results since May, Audi Sport Team Joest had to settle for positions five and six at Fuji. As a result, the battle for the World Championship is intensifying as the lead of the standings has changed again three races before the end of the season. Audi, as the runner-up in the manufacturers’ classification, now trail Toyota by just 8 points, continues to maintain its challenge.
  • 10/11/14
    Sports

    Audi will start from third row in Japan

    Audi achieved grid positions five and six in qualifying for round five of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Fuji (Japan). In the practice sessions, the team of Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich and Chris Reinke, Head of LMP, thoroughly prepared for the 6-hour race on Sunday.
  • 10/06/14
    Sports

    Audi competes in Japan as WEC leader of the standings

    Audi looks at a good interim tally. In the FIA World Endurance Championship that has been held since 2012, the brand has now clinched 13 victories in 20 races. The most recent success at Austin (USA) marked the turnaround in the battle for the title and Audi, for the first time this season, took the lead in the manufacturers’ classification. The team is aiming to further extend this advantage in WEC round five at Fuji (Japan) on October 12.

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