Andreas Lehe – Biography

Andreas Lehe was born on June 17, 1968 in Koblenz.

After training as an electroplater and studying Materials Science/Surface Engineering at Aalen University, Lehe started his career at AUDI AG in Neckarsulm as a planner on the Surface Process Chain project. He worked on optimizing cross-process enhancements to the control cycles in Production with the aim of improving visual quality.

In 1996, Lehe moved to Ingolstadt to work on training concepts for production personnel for newly installed plant. He was appointed Head of the Plastics Paint Shop at the Ingolstadt site in 2000. Eight years later he was put in charge of the Top Coat area. At that time he was responsible for the production starts of the A3, TT, A4, A5 and Q5 models as well as for process and application technology.

In 2010, Lehe took charge of the A3 Paint Shop at the Ingolstadt plant. He restructured the area in that capacity, and during that time masterminded the successful ramp-up of one of the VW Group’s most advanced paint shops.

Lehe has been Director of Production and Logistics AUDI MÉXICO S.A. de C.V. since

October 1, 2017, and has been in charge of production of the Audi Q5 for the world market.

He took office as CEO of Audi México with effect from January 1, 2019. Lehe continues to perform his previous role on a temporary basis.

Audi electrifies the World Economic Forum in Davos

“We are focusing clearly and consistently on sustainable mobility solutions for the future,” emphasized the Board of Management Chairman of AUDI AG, Bram Schot. “At this year’s World Economic Forum, we can demonstrate our definition of practical electric mobility live, and can let many people experience it directly.”

The Audi e-tron is the first all-electric large-series model from the Ingolstadt-based premium car manufacturer. More than 20,000 reservations have already been received for this model, which will arrive in the showrooms in Europe next week. With the shuttle fleet of 50 Audi e-trons, the company is once again demonstrating the car’s practicality in the snowy Swiss mountains – also in the region’s challenging weather and topography.

Three mobile Audi charging containers with a total output of 700 kW and a capacity of 1.14 MWh will ensure the rapid supply of green electricity for the intensively used e-tron fleet. With this Audi research project, the company is testing the reuse of electric cars’ batteries. After their phase of use in cars is over, the high-voltage batteries continue to be suitable for various energy-storage applications. For this reason, Audi is testing scenarios for using the available resources as efficiently as possible. The company is currently deploying the containers at major events and is thus flexibly supplementing the local charging infrastructure.

With this research project, Audi is making a visible commitment to the values of the Global Battery Alliance of the World Economic Forum. The alliance consists of public- and private-sector partners from the entire battery supply chain and aims to ensure social and ecological sustainability in the value chain of battery raw materials. To this end, the Global Battery Alliance is concerned with the conditions for raw-material extraction, sustainable recycling concepts in the sense of a closed-loop economy, and innovations that promote battery sustainability. Audi has been a member of the cooperation platform since 2017.

Audi has been supporting the World Economic Forum as the exclusive shuttle partner since 1987. The 49th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum will take place in Davos from January 22 to 25, 2019.

Formula E: Audi factory team has set its sights firmly on the podium in Santiago

The race will be run at Parque O’Higgins. Covering an area of 750,000 square meters, it is the second-largest park in the Chilean capital. The 2.348-kilometer track in the center of Santiago with its long straights, hairpins and chicanes loop around the Movistar Arena. “The track layout looks exciting, but we’ll only know exactly what awaits us at the circuit once we get there,” says Team Principal Allan McNish. “However, we already know one thing: it’ll be a completely different race than the two previous rounds this season. Firstly, we’re going to have much higher temperatures to contend with and secondly, it’s the first real city street circuit on the calendar with all the typical characteristics of a street track.”

The new location and unknown circuit have no bearing on the factory team’s goal. “We know the potential of our Audi e-tron FE05, our team and our drivers – now we need to put all of it together into a package that will get us onto the podium,” says Allan McNish. “Races in South America are always very special anyway because the fans are enthusiastic and make for a great atmosphere.” 

This also gives Audi driver Lucas di Grassi an additional boost of motivation. “Santiago de Chile is only a four-hour flight away from my hometown, São Paulo, so the race is kind of a round on home soil for me,” says the Brazilian. “After a difficult opener in Riyadh, we most recently took a clear step forward in Marrakesh. With a little more fortune, a podium finish would have been possible there. Now we’re going to attack in Santiago. The circuit is new for everyone, so we need to work all the harder and be fully focused right off the bat.”

Like his teammate, Daniel Abt also scored points in the first races of this season, but missed the podium. “Our whole team is hungry for success and eager to take a trophy home again as soon as possible,” says the German. “Everyone is working hard for this – trackside, at Audi in Neuburg and in the simulator. We’ve come to understand the car better and are optimizing our processes. I’m confident that we’re going to take the next step toward the front of the field in Santiago.” 

The race in Santiago de Chile will start at 4 PM local time (8 PM CET) and be aired live on Eurosport. All international channels including broadcast schedules can be found online at www.fiaformulae.com.

This season, four cars using technology from Audi and Schaeffler are on the Formula E grid: In addition to the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler factory team, the Envision Virgin Racing team with Sam Bird and Robin Frijns races with the Audi e-tron FE05. Both drivers of the British racing team most recently finished on podium in Marrakesh.

Basic Information: Audi in Formula E 2018/2019
Video: Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi look ahead to the race in Santiago

Audi race drivers thrill crowd on snow and ice

These pictures are traveling around the world: At the successful revival of the traditional ice race in Zell am See, a trio of Audi race cars thrilled the large crowd of spectators. Daniel Abt drove the Audi e-tron FE04 with which the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team had won the title in the 2017/2018 ABB Formula E Championship. René Rast was at the wheel of his Audi RS 5 DTM. The spectacular appearance on snow and ice was completed by World Rally Champion Walter Röhrl at the wheel of a historic Audi Sport quattro.

“This was a super-nice weekend with a fantastic atmosphere and fantastic people,” said Daniel Abt. “It was the first time for me to drive a Formula E car on ice. A cool feeling! It was incredibly good fun – also seeing the fans when you set yourself up for the corners and then drift through them. I hope that I’ll have the opportunity to take part in the event again next year.”

Abt successfully tried his skills at the traditional skijoring where a skier is pulled by a car as well. Since this weekend, freestyle skier Benedikt Mayr has been the first human to have ever been suspended from the rope attached to a Formula E race car on snow and ice. “That was great. Now I’m looking forward to visit a Formula E race,” said the German.

Thomas Müller – Biography

Thomas Müller was born on the 30th of May 1976 in Brazil.

After studying mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich he entered the International Trainee Program of the AUDI AG in 2001.

Following several positions in the development of braking control systems he was appointed executive assistant to the member of the board for technical development in 2006. In 2009 he then started his job as the head of strategy in the technical development.

Since 2010 Müller was the head of development of braking, steering and assistance systems within the chassis development. Subsequently, he was appointed head of chassis development in 2016 and additionally head of development of autonomous driving in April 2018.