AUDI SPORT: GOOD START
AUDI RS 5 DTM
The Audi RS 5 DTM is the car Audi contests the successful DTM touring car series with. It’s the championship winning car of the 2017 season. For 2018, the Audi RS 5 DTM was developed further. The brand with the four rings puts a total of six of them on the grid. These cars are fielded in pairs by three long-standing DTM partners: Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi Sport Team Phoenix and Audi Sport Team Rosberg.
Technology/output: aspirated V8 engine, 4.0 litres of displacement, more than 500 hp (368 kW), top speed of about 275 km/h, rear-wheel drive.
AUDI FACTORY DRIVER NICO MÜLLER EXPLAINS HOW TO BEST MANAGE A START IN THE AUDI RS 5 DTM:
AUDI R8 LMS GT3
AUDI RS 3 LMS
The Audi RS 3 LMS is another customer race car, which Audi has been offering since the 2017 season. It is fielded in various touring car classes – in short TCR. In 2018, the national and regional TCR scope was expanded. Since then, the highest class has been the new FIA WTCR being held in Europe, Africa and Asia. Two Audi Sport customer racing partner teams are fielding a total of six Audi RS 3 LMS cars there in 2018. Additionally, the touring car competes in sprint and endurance races in various national and regional TCR series. Plus, there are notable single events such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, club sport or hill-climb races.
Technology/output: inline-four turbo engine, 2.0 litres of displacement, 350 hp (257 kW), top speed of up to 265 km/h, front-wheel drive.
“When the lights start the race I release the handbrake, stay on full throttle and swiftly let the clutch engage. As always: with a great deal of sensitivity! Because in spite of all the precautions it’s easy to stall the engine in a WTCR car, especially when the turbocharger speed massively drops. Sensing the clutch anew every time is another special challenge. It noticeably changes with every starting procedure in the three races of a WTCR weekend. As soon as we’ve started I let go of the rev limiter button. From then on, it’s time to fully focus on turn one.”
AUDI S1 EKS RX QUATTRO
AUDI E-TRON FE04
Technology/output: electric motor-generator, power supplied by a lithium-ion battery, up to 272 hp (200 kW) in qualifying, up to 245 hp (180 kW) in the race, top speed of about 225 km/h, rear-wheel drive.