Audi Motorsport Newsletter 40/2015

Double podium for Tockwith Motorsports

At the final round of the British Endurance Championship season at Donington, the Audi customer team Tockwith Motorsports finished the season in top form. Drivers Phil Hanson and Nigel Moore, who took pole position for the first race in qualifying at the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS ultra, finished third in both races.

Lucas di Grassi wins Formula E in Malaysia

Lucas di Grassi won the second race of the Formula E season in Putrajaya (Malaysia). The Audi factory driver kept a cool head in temperatures around 35 degrees Celsius before being presented with the trophy after 33 laps from the country’s Prime Minister. The 31-year old Brazilian, who drives for Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, took the electric racing series championship lead with the win. The next race is on December 19 in Punta del Este (Uruguay).

André Lotterer wins in Japan

Audi factory driver André Lotterer celebrated a triumphant end to the Superformula season. The WEC driver claimed his third victory of the season in the finale at Suzuka. The triple Le Mans winner started the first of the two race from pole position and crossed the finish line with a 5.894-second advantage after 20 laps. He also set the fastest race lap. Lotterer finished third in the overall standings of the hard-fought Japanese monoposto series.

A word from … Miguel Molina

In this short interview, Miguel Molina looks back on his 2015 DTM season and talks about the many appointments that he has attended since the season finale in mid October.

After several podium finishes and pole positions, you finally took your first DTM victory this year. What’s your take on the season?

“All in all, it was a good year for me. It was fantastic at the Nürburgring finally to take my first win. I was one of the fastest Audi drivers at the majority of the races, but for various reasons couldn’t convert this into a solid result. This is why my position in the final standings doesn’t reflect what would have been possible.”

You’ve been very busy since the Hockenheim finale …

“Yes, that’s right. The week after I visited the World Rally Championship event in Spain, which was very impressive. It was the first time that I was at a rally and it was an absolute highlight. Afterwards, I competed in my first triathlon of the year in Gavà. Normally I do this more often, but this year I just didn’t have time beforehand. Then I was at the Audi Award 2015 for the best Audi dealer in Barcelona and had a fitness test in Munich this week.”

And this coming week you travel to Hamburg to contest a 24-hour race for slotcars …

Exactly. It’ll be the second time that I participate. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m a big slotcar fan and before now occasionally competed in races in Spain. Let’s see, perhaps I’ll start in another event at home in Spain in winter.”

Coming up next week
10/11 Timo Scheider’s 37th birthday
13–15/11 Highlands (NZ), round 11 and 12, Australian GT Championship
15/11 Highlands (NZ), Highlands 101
15/11 Motegi (J), round 8, Super GT

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Awards for Audi from June to October 2015

Daily Telegraph Cars Award – Audi sweeps the board
Audi came away from the Cars Award of the British daily newspaper “The Daily Telegraph” with three accolades. At the awards ceremony in London the Audi TT Coupé* was declared “Best Sports Car”, while the Audi A3 earned the distinctions of “Best Family Car” and “Best Design of the Year.” Readers rated the cars in ten different categories, which covered such aspects as driving enjoyment and dashboard layout. In every case the Audi A3 achieved ten out of ten.
(June 5, 2015)

Audi A3 e-tron awarded KS Energy and Environment Prize
In the international automotive and accessories industry the Energy and Environment Prize awarded by the automobile club “Kraftfahr-Schutz e. V.”(KS) is viewed as an acknowledgment of fuel economy. This year’s winner was the Audi A3 e-tron* plug-in hybrid.
(June 26, 2015)

Another safety distinction for Audi
The Audi Q3 has scooped the Top Safety Pick 2015 in the United States and achieved the highest rating of “good” for its safety. This result was confirmed by the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which each year tests the crash safety of automobiles in all vehicle categories. 
(August 3, 2015)

Tradespeople impressed by Audi A6 and Audi A4
The Audi A6 has won the full-size category in the reader poll staged by handwerk magazin to find the Company Boss Station Wagon 2015, and the A4 Avant prevailed in the midsize category. 1,791 readers considered the Audi A6 to be the best station wagon for a trade company. The contenders comprised six models in the full-size category and 18 automobiles in the midsize category. With the A6 Avant*, Audi has staged a successful defense of the title it won in 2014.
(August 18, 2015)

Audi Entertainment mobile voted “Product of the Year”
Audi came out on top in the twelfth Plus X Awards in the “Product of the Year” category. The brand with the four rings also won the Innovation, High Quality, Design, Operating Convenience and Functionality categories with its “Audi Entertainment mobile” tablet. The multifunction tablet is the first on the market to which games consoles or other external data carriers can very easily be connected. In the Plus X Awards, experts from 27 different industries celebrate the top-performing and most innovative products in technology, sport and lifestyle.
(September 14, 2015)

Audi builds the most family-friendly Car of the Year in its class
The title of “Family Car of the Year” goes to the Audi Q5. This was the verdict of the reader poll by the magazines Straßenverkehr and Eltern. Overall, 19,535 readers rated 150 models in seven different price categories. In the EUR 35,000 to 40,000 category the Audi Q5 emerged as winner, with 23.7 percent of the votes. It thus enjoyed a clear lead over the BMW X3 and the Volvo V70, which polled only 16.2 percent and 12.3 percent respectively.
(September 15, 2015)

Double victory in Auto Test 2015
Since 2008 the magazine Auto Test has been conducting tests on around 500 models each year. For the past three years the testers have also been giving awards to the top achievers for value for money. In 2015 this distinction goes to the Audi A4 1.8 TFSI in the midsize category, and to the Audi A6 2.0 TDI ultra* in the upper midsize category.
(September 16, 2015)

The Audi A1 – “Best New Design of 2015”
auto motor und sport declared the Audi A1 the winner of its compact cars category in this year’s “autonis” reader poll, with 28.5 percent of the vote. 17,501 readers and users rated the cars in ten different categories.
(September 30, 2015)

EuroCarBody 2015 – second place for Audi Q7
The Audi Q7 is a prizewinner in the EuroCarBody Awards 2015. An international panel of experts awarded second place to the body with the multi-material construction principle. With its weight saving of 71 kilograms (156.5 lb) it plays a key role in the lightweight construction concept of Audi’s biggest SUV. The Q7 is the first model with a body based on the MLB evo platform. The new multimaterial construction principle integrates large components made from heat-formed steel and aluminum, and involves innovative joining techniques. Audi introduced two newly developed joining techniques here: friction element welding and special hollow punch riveting. Depending on engine version, the Audi Q7 is as much as 325 kilograms (716.5 lb) lighter than its predecessor. 
(October 20 – 22, 2015)

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi TT Coupé:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.3 –4.2 (32.2 – 56.0 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 168 – 110 (270.4 – 177.0 g/mi)**

Audi A3 e-tron:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 1.7 – 1.5 (138.4 – 156.8 US mpg)**;
Combined electrical consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.4 – 11.4**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 39 – 35 (62.8 – 56.3 g/mi)**

Audi A6 Avant:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.6 – 4.4 (24.5 – 53.5 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 224 – 114 (360.5 – 183.5 g/mi)**

Audi A6 2.0 TDI ultra:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 4.7 – 4.2 (50.0 – 56.0 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 124 – 109 (199.6 – 175.4 g/mi)**

**Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures and efficiency classes given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used.

Audi Toolmaking prints “Auto Union Typ C”

“We are pushing forward with new manufacturing technologies at Audi Toolmaking and at the Volkswagen Group,” stated Prof. Dr. Hubert Waltl, Audi’s Board of Management Member for Production and Head of Toolmaking at the Volkswagen Group. “Together with partners in the area of research, we are constantly exploring the boundaries of new processes. One of our goals is to apply metal printers in series production.”

The Volkswagen Group has a total of 14 toolmaking units in nine countries. Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Waltl, cooperative ventures have been arranged for research and development. The first focus of the cooperation is the implementation of metallic 3D printing and 3D printing in the sand‑printing method. Audi Toolmaking has now used metal printing to produce all the metallic parts of the Silver Arrow model “Auto Union Typ C” on a scale of 1:2.

For this purpose, a selective-sintering laser melted layers of metallic powder with a grain size of 15 to 40 thousandths of a millimeter, roughly half of the diameter of a human hair. The process therefore allows the production of components with complex geometries, which with conventional methods could either not be produced or only with great difficulties. Audi Toolmaking is currently using 3D printing to produce components out of aluminum and steel. At present, this process can be used to produce shapes and objects with a length of 240 millimeters and a height of up to 200 millimeters. These printed components achieved a higher density than components made by die casting or hot forming.

Audi Toolmaking is regarded as a pioneer in the development of new technologies, also within the Volkswagen Group. The company’s innovations include the intelligent tool, which is used to help make more sharper contours in the sheet metal of car bodies. Lasers installed in the tool measure the position of the sheet metal while activators take corrective action. 

Five stars for Audi A4 in Euro NCAP test

It also gave the Audi A4 the “Euro NCAP advanced” special award for its standard-fit multicollision brake assist system and for the Audi pre sense basic system, which is available as an option. Multicollision brake assist automatically brakes the Audi in the event of an accident, thus reducing the danger of skidding as well as the risk of further collisions. Audi pre sense basic tightens the seat belt in hazardous situations leading up to a collision, and closes the windows and sunroof.

Another key element of integral safety in the Audi A4 is the standard-fit assistance system Audi pre sense city – an anticipatory warning and emergency braking function. At speeds of up to 85 km/h (52.8 mph), the system checks whether there are other vehicles or pedestrians in the path of the car. If there is the risk of a collision it warns the driver according to a multi-stage concept: first visually and acoustically, then by a jolt of the brakes. Finally it triggers an automatic emergency brake application if need be.

There is also an array of other assistance systems to enhance safety in the Audi A4. These include collision avoidance assist, turn assist and the exit warning. While collision avoidance assist helps the driver to drive around an obstacle, turn assist monitors oncoming traffic when turning across the flow of traffic at low speed. In a dangerous situation, it brakes the A4 to a complete stop, if necessary, to prevent a turn when there is oncoming traffic.

The exit warning minimizes the risk of injury when opening the doors. LEDs that light up red warn the occupants not to open the doors when other road users are approaching from behind.

Established in 1997, the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) investigates the crash performance of new car models. In 2015 the consortium made the requirements for the front and side impact collision tests even tougher in order to reflect actual accident scenarios even more accurately.