Podium result for Audi Sport in Macau

In both of the two preceding races, Frédéric Vervisch from Comtoyou Team Audi Sport delivered a remarkable fightback. In the first sprint race, the Belgian stormed forward from eleventh to seventh position, marking the fastest lap time in the process, while in race two, Vervisch even improved from 18th to eighth place. His teammate, Niels Langeveld, posted 13th position in race three as his best result of the weekend, whereas Gordon Shedden from Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport became a victim of the intricacies of the 6.12-kilometer circuit as early as in qualifying. One rival hit the rear end of the Scotsman’s Audi RS 3 LMS and damaged the chassis structure so heavily that contesting the races was no longer possible. As the only one of six wild-card entrants, Billy Lo recorded two results in the points. The driver from Macau racing for Tian Shi Zuver Team was one of just two guest entrants in the first qualifying session and the only one in the second to have managed the leap across the qualification hurdle. In his Audi RS 3 LMS, Lo clinched 23rd in the first and 25th place in the third race. Following the city street race in Macau, the finale is coming up on the calendar of the touring car drivers. In four weeks’ time, the FIA WTCR will contest round ten on the circuit at Sepang in Malaysia.

In the FIA GT World Cup, Dries Vanthoor had secured the best starting base in Macau. The Belgian from Audi Sport Team WRT had started the qualification race in second position, but retired on lap one following contact with the guard rail. Kelvin van der Linde from Audi Sport Team Rutronik was in the eighth spot on the grid, but a rival hit his Audi R8 LMS in the qualification race. Due to his retirement, the South African was able to start the main race only from 13th position and went on to improve by three positions. From the last spot on the grid, Vanthoor managed a fightback to eighth. Christopher Haase in an Audi R8 LMS from Phoenix Racing had secured seventh position on the grid after a small mistake in qualifying. In the qualification race, he improved to fifth position, which he claimed again in the main race as the best Audi Sport driver. The best one of two privateer drivers of an Audi R8 LMS was Charles Weerts. From the tenth spot on the grid, the 18-year-old Belgian clinched seventh position in the first race and, following a drive-through penalty for jump starting, finished Sunday’s race in twelfth place. Chen Weian from Audi Sport Asia Team TSRT in his debut recorded 13th place in the main race as his best result. 

In just six days’ time, the grand GT3 finale is coming up for Audi Sport customer racing. In the final event at Kyalami, South Africa, Audi Sport Team WRT with Frédéric Vervisch will be battling for the title in the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

Additional information

Basic information Audi Sport customer racing 2019 including driver biographies
2019 FIA WTCR Media Booklet 
2019 FIA WTCR photos 
2019 FIA WTCR results 
2019 FIA GT World Cup photos
2019 FIA GT World Cup results

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Markus Duesmann to be new Audi CEO

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AUDI AG, Dr. Herbert Diess, commented on the change of CEO: “As an excellent engineer, Markus Duesmann will do everything in his power to leverage the great potential of the Audi brand and will once again demonstrate the promise of Vorsprung durch Technik”. At the same time, Dr. Diess thanked the current Chairman of the Board of Management, Bram Schot: “He took over the management of AUDI AG at a difficult time, very successfully managed the business and initiated important changes. We expressly thank him for that.” Among the most important cornerstones of the new Audi strategy are the accelerated transformation into a provider of sustainable mobility and the determined decarbonization of the company.

The Chairman of the General Works Council of AUDI AG and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Peter Mosch: “We expect Markus Duesmann and his management team to ensure stable capacity utilization at the plants and to promote more courage to take the lead through technology. We look forward to positive cooperation in the interests of the employees and the company.” Mosch commented on Bram Schot: “The right man at Audi at the right time. He started a cultural transformation towards fewer hierarchies, a clear value system and more openness. In mid-2018, Schot assumed responsibility for the company in a very difficult situation.” 

Audi and Schaeffler: moving forward together

It is one of the most successful partnerships in Formula E: Ever since the series debuted in fall of 2014, Schaeffler has been backing the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team as its technology partner. With a tally of 40 podium finishes and more than 1,000 points before the sixth season kicks off, the squad has set benchmarks both on and off the race track. Now the course has been set for the future. 

“Schaeffler, Audi and Formula E – this combination has been a perfect match from day one,” says Matthias Zink, CEO Automotive OEM at Schaeffler. “As a company, we want to shape sustainable mobility in innovative ways with our technologies in the areas of powertrain and suspension development. Formula E is an ideal stage for us to present these ideas in the matter of electric mobility and to compete against competition on the highest sporting level. At the same time, our commitment has been thrilling fans and employees alike for years.” 

After having partnered with the privateer ABT Sportsline team in the first three years, Schaeffler has been developing the powertrain for Formula E together with the four rings ever since Audi’s factory-backed entry debuted in the fall of 2017. On a race car that is standardized for all teams in all other respects, the combination of the motor, transmission, inverter and software is regarded as the car’s centerpiece. Going forward, Schaeffler, as technology and development partner, will primarily be involved in areas such as bearing development, component manufacturing, transmission, motor and drive concept development, as well as by supporting test bench work and prototype construction. 

“I am delighted that Audi and Schaeffler will continue to form a powerful team in the coming years,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “Together, we have already achieved a lot, but in the view of the increasing competitiveness in Formula E, we also have big aims going forward. Therefore, the fact that we’ll be able to tackle the seventh season with joint forces and as a well-gelled team is of particular importance.” 

The New Audi S8 – Exhilarating Performance in the Luxury Class

* Fuel/power consumption and CO2 emission figures given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used as well as the selected equipment
** The collective fuel consumption values of all models named and available on the German market can be found in the list provided at the end of this press information.

Impressive performance: the drive system

As a V8 engine with mild hybrid technology, the high-performance powerplant in the Audi S8** offers not only maximum smoothness, but with an output of 420 kW (571 PS), 800 Nm (590.0 lb-ft) of torque (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11.3–11.4* (20.8–20.6 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 258–260* (415.2–418.4 g/mi)) and two turbochargers also the certainty that ample power is available for any situation. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.3 mph) it takes just 3.8 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph). Iron-lined cylinder barrels in the aluminum crankcase reduce friction for exceptionally smooth running. Automatically actuated flaps in the exhaust system underscore the impressive sound.

Sports car-level emotion and performance are paired with comfort and efficiency. The mild hybrid system (MHEV) works continuously to reduce fuel consumption. Its 48-volt belt alternator starter and the additional lithium-ion battery enable coasting with the engine switched off, fast restart and an extended start-stop range. Fuel savings of up to 0.8 liters per 100 kilometers are possible in everyday driving. The cylinder on demand system, which deactivates individual cylinders in low-load operating situations, provides for additional efficiency. The vehicle’s sound system features active noise cancellation to eliminate intrusive cabin noise for the ultimate in comfort.

Vehicle dynamics: active suspension, dynamic all-wheel steering, and quattro with sport differential

The unique combination of innovative suspension components enables the flagship to cover the entire range from the velvety cruising of a luxury sedan to the dynamically taut handing of a sports car. The new S8** comes standard with the predictive active suspension. The high-tech system, which works in combination with the air suspension, can lift or push down each wheel separately via electromechanical actuators. It is therefore possible for the first time to actively control the trim of the body in any driving situation and thus greatly reduce pitch or roll during acceleration or braking. The front camera, which detects larger road surface irregularities, enables this to be done predictively. The new Audi S8** can be a highly comfortable luxury sedan or a truly dynamic sports car – it’s entirely up to the driver. The Audi drive select system offers five profiles from which to choose. “Comfort +” mode is a new profile. It makes even cornering a comfortable experience: The body leans into curves by as much as 3 degrees to reduce the lateral acceleration acting on the occupants. In “dynamic” mode, the S8** turns in precisely. The maximum roll angle during fast cornering is just roughly 2.5 degrees. With the standard suspension, it is around 5 degrees. The situational distribution of roll moments enables self-steering that is neutral or minimally oversteering. The position of the S8**’s body can be altered even when it is stationary. It is quickly raised by as much as 50 mm (2.0 in) when the door handle is actuated, making getting into the car even easier and more comfortable.

The Audi S8** is redefining the limits of physical possibility thanks to the dynamic-all-wheel steering. This allows the independent adjustment of the steering angles at the front and rear axles. It therefore combines direct, sporty steering response at low and medium speeds with supreme stability on the highway and a tight turning circle, thus resolving a long-standing conflict of objectives. The sport differential actively transfers torque between the rear wheels during fast cornering. When turning into or accelerating in a curve, most is directed to the outside wheel. This literally pushes the car into the curve and nips any hint of understeer in the bud. In the case of oversteer, the sport differential on the rear axle transfers the drive torque to the inside wheel to stabilize the S8**.

Dynamic all-wheel steering, the sport differential and the predictive active suspension are all standard equipment. The interplay of these systems is unique in its class and ensures composed and sporty handling in all situations. The customer has the option of choosing high-performance brake discs made from carbon fiber ceramic. They have a diameter of 420 millimeters (16.5 in) at the front axle and 370 millimeters (14.6 in) at the rear axle. The ceramic brake discs are internally ventilated and low-wear. Including the brake calipers, the ceramic brake system is also 9.6 kilograms (21.2 lb) lighter than the standard brake system with brake discs made from cast iron. Each of the front calipers has ten pistons.

Precise expression of sporty elegance: the design

The progressive, elegantly flowing exterior design of the model series gets some new accents with the new Audi S8**. Bold interior and exterior design elements finely hone the sporty character. Wheels up to 21 inches in diameter are available for the 5.18 meter (17.0 ft) long sports sedan. Details on the front bumper, side sills and the exterior mirror housings as well as the two S-typical twin oval exhaust tailpipes emphasize the car’s sporty and progressive character. The black styling package is also available as an option. With this, all chrome elements – right down to the tailpipe trims – come in high-gloss black. Customers can choose from nine sophisticated color and design worlds, including the Audi design selection pastel silver, for the spacious interior, which conveys the relaxed atmosphere of a luxurious lounge. Here the upper inlay – new and available exclusively in the Audi S8** – is made of Carbon Vector and impresses with a special 3D depth effect. Directly below that is an inlay of dark, brushed matt aluminum. Lighting options range up to HD matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light and OLED rear lights. In the major markets China, USA, Canada and South Korea, the Audi S8** will be available for the first time and exclusively with an extended wheelbase. The increased vehicle length and height means a significant increase in comfort for the occupants thanks to greater head and leg room.

Progressive and state-of-the-art: the equipment

Every detail of the new Audi S8** reflects its character as a sporty luxury model. One particular highlight are the standard comfort customized contour seats in sport look. They feature wide-ranging power adjustment, pneumatically adjustable side bolsters and separate three-stage heating for each seat. What is more, they are optionally available with ventilation and massage functions. Customers can choose between the top leather grades Valcona and Unikat. The rear seats also offer numerous features for outstanding comfort and provide for a first-class atmosphere in the Audi S8**.

The 38 driver assistance systems that Audi provides for the new S8** are divided into the City and Tour packages. Adaptive cruise assist – the central system in the “Tour” package – stands out among the comprehensive range of assist systems. It combines the functions of adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist and lane tracking. In conjunction with predictive efficiency assist, adaptive cruise assist brakes and accelerates the Audi S8** in anticipation of the conditions ahead. In the City assist package, Audi pre sense side joins the systems pre sense front and pre sense rear to create Audi pre sense 360°. If the system detects an impending side impact, it can operate together with the predictive active suspension to instantly raise the body by as much as 80 millimeters (3.1 in). This brings the sill into a better position to absorb the impact energy, mitigating the potential consequences of the accident for the occupants.

The brain behind the driver assistance systems in the new S8** is a high-performance processing unit, the central driver assistance controller (zFAS). It continuously computes a differentiated model of the vehicle’s surroundings based on the data provided by the sensors. Fully equipped, there are five radar sensors, six cameras, twelve ultrasound sensors and a laser scanner on board.

Digital and intelligent: controls and connectivity

The new Audi S8** offers a progressive technology experience with new digital services and state-of-the-art connectivity. The MMI touch response operating concept is fully digital. The driver controls nearly all functions via two large displays. The driver can also use natural speech control, which offers virtually unlimited freedom when formulating questions and commands. The answers are provided either from information stored on board or from the cloud. Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice assistant, is also available as an option. All driving-relevant displays appear in the Audi virtual cockpit, which can be switched between two views. While the tachometer and speedometer are displayed as large dial-type gages in driving mode, the map is the center of attention in infotainment mode. Both views have S-specific red graphical details. A special S-performance layout for the Audi virtual cockpit where the central focus is the tachometer, displayed as a square graph, and the output and torque are shown as percentages can also be selected in the MMI. The optional head-up display can display important information on the windshield.

MMI navigation plus serves as the infotainment and media center in the new S8**. Besides the integration of the Amazon Alexa voice assistant, the extensive Audi connect range includes numerous car-to-X services that draw on the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet. Traffic light information is a new feature that Audi is adding successively in selected European cities. Thanks to the interconnection with the city’s infrastructure, the vehicle receives information from the central traffic light computer via a server, which allows the driver to select a speed to match the next green-light phase. The Audi virtual cockpit displays an individual speed recommendation as well as the remaining time until the next green-light phase if the driver is already waiting at a red light. The system thus contributes to a predictive and efficient driving style and facilitates a steady flow of traffic.

Online traffic sign information, hazard alerts and on‑street parking round out the range of car-to-X services. The myAudi app connects the car to the customer’s smartphone so that they can easily send destinations to the car from their couch. The Audi smartphone interface brings Android Auto and wirelessly Apple Car Play on board. High-end components such as the Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System and the Audi phone box round out the infotainment lineup in the new S8**.

Additional information is available at www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/audi-s8-12138

Fuel consumption of the model listed
(Information on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as well as efficiency classes in ranges depending on the tires and alloy wheel rims used)

Audi S8
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11.3–11.4 (20.8–20.6 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 258–260 (415.2–418.4 g/mi))

Experiencing the history of the Salzburg Festival with Audi

At the 2020 Salzburg Festival Audi connects tradition with innovation. Passengers in an Audi e-tron will experience historical scenes from the festival by means of a VR headset. Musical milestones of different eras are the focus of the VR trip through Salzburg. In real time, the immersive technology combines the displayed content with relevant data from the car such as acceleration and steering, as well as navigation data on the journey route and duration. In this way, besides addressing the visual and acoustic senses, the experience also integrates natural
g-forces.

The innovative VR technology behind it was initiated by Audi and further developed through the tech entertainment start-up holoride. It enables a new type of entertainment format during the journey and moreover provides new opportunities for learning and working while on the road. The motion-synchronized trip through virtual worlds also reduces the motion sickness that often occurs during conventional consumption of visual media. The aim of holoride is to establish this technology in partnership with companies from the automotive and media industries as a new, forward-looking entertainment format. Audi is a co-founder of holoride and has a minority holding in this start-up through its subsidiary Audi Electronics Venture GmbH.

Creativity and competitive edge are what drives both the Salzburg Festival and Audi. This sustained and lively partnership has existed for almost 25 years. As main sponsor, the company supports the festival’s work in staging world-class artistic performances. The annual guest appearance of the Salzburg Festival in Ingolstadt is a highlight of the partnership.

For further information on registering and on the operation of the VR experience in Salzburg, please refer to www.audi-salzburgerfestspiele.de/VR-experience.

  • Information on fuel/electric power consumption and COemission figures given in ranges depend on the equipment selected for the vehicle