AUDI SPORT: THE UNIVERSAL DRIVER
Nico Müller started out in motorsport as a kart driver in 2004. From 2008 to 2013 he moved up in single-seater racing, winning a title and races aplenty. In 2014, Müller joined Audi where he switched to touring and sports cars. 2016 saw him win his first DTM race. Today, the automotive all-rounder from the Bernese Highlands is quick in any racing car sporting the four rings: the Audi RS 5 DTM, Audi R8 LMS, Audi S1 EKS RX quattro and Audi e-tron FE04.
NICO MÜLLER EXPLAINS HIS FOUR CURRENT AUDI RACING CARS:
AUDI RS 5 DTM
The Audi RS 5 DTM is a touring car prototype. It is the 2017 championship winner and was developed further for 2018. The regulations that apply to them require DTM touring cars to be fitted with specification chassis, gearboxes, brakes, steering systems, fuel cells, foldable rear wings, tyres and, since the current season, a specification aero package as well. The front, longitudinally mounted, aspirated V8 engines have 4 litres of displacement and deliver more than 500 horsepower. The engine’s power is put on the track via the rear wheels.
AUDI R8 LMS
The Audi R8 LMS GT3 is a production sports car, specified according to the FIA GT3 motorsport regulations. It is based on the second-generation Audi R8. The Audi R8 LMS GT3 has been sold since 2015 and is used by Audi customers around the world in endurance racing. It is a great success, both in racing and commercially.
AUDI S1 EKS RX QUATTRO
The Audi S1 EKS RX quattro is a rallycross prototype based on the production Audi S1 subcompact car. For the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship season, Audi prepared two all-new Audi S1 EKS RX quattro to be fielded in the Supercar category for the team of its two-time DTM Champion Mattias Ekström. Compared with the first four prototypes used in Ekström’s project since 2014, they underwent further development mainly in terms of powertrain technology and aerodynamics. In the two new EKS racing cars, Audi continues the success story of its permanent quattro four-wheel drive as well. Under the bonnet of each car, a two-litre turbo engine provides the requisite power. The transverse inline-four engine delivers 426 kW (580 hp) and develops torque above 700 Nm.
AUDI E-TRON FE04
The Audi e-tron FE04 is a single-seater prototype. It was fielded in the 2017/2018 ABB FIA Formula E Championship that has already ended. It is the world’s first fully electric single-seater racing series. The chassis and the aero components of the Formula E racing cars have to be identical for all teams and manufacturers. They’re built by a specialist, Spark Racing Technology, whereas the participants are allowed to develop the entire powertrain themselves. This means that Audi planned and implemented the motor, gearbox, parts of the suspension and the software for the powertrain together with its technology partner Schaeffler. The regulations limit the power output of the motor-generator unit (MGU) in qualifying to a maximum of 200 kW (272 hp) and to a maximum of 180 kW (245 hp) in the race. A single-speed gearbox is used to convert the motor’s energy into propulsion via the rear wheels.
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