Audi confirms future in Formula E and DTM
Audi announces today that it will continue with racing operations in the FIA Formula E Championship and Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) in 2019.
As the first German manufacturer on the Formula E grid, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler has won the Teams’ title in the 2017/2018 FE season, collecting four victories and a total of eleven podiums in twelve races around the world. A title will strenghten a commitment to the fully electric racing series that is currently experiencing a boom with the participation of other manufacturers.
In the DTM, Audi will witness to one of the most radical changes in the series’ history. In 2019, modern four-cylinder two-liter turbo engines will be introduced. In addition, the so-called “Class One” will make its debut in the DTM and the Japanese Super GT Series, making it possible to field the cars in both championships. Following an exit of Mercedes from DTM, a minimum of three brands being represented from 2020 will be the prerequisite for Audi’s continuing DTM commitment.
“I’m convinced that we’re well positioned with our two commitments. On winning the teams’ championship in Formula E immediately in our first year, we proved our expertise in e-mobility. Obviously, we intend to live up to this success and prevail against the numerous new competitors. In the DTM, thanks to forward-thinking technologies like the new turbo engines, we continue to see major potential. Concerning the third manufacturer this will require, I have great confidence in DTM boss Gerhard Berger bringing this competitor to the grid for 2020 at the latest,” Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass said.