Eleven Audi R8 LMS cars in iconic race at Spa

The four race teams have been using Audi race cars for years. Belgian Audi Club Team WRT will be contesting its home round with five race cars in total, Audi Sport Team Phoenix will be competing with one Audi R8 LMS. Both squads have previously won the race at Spa. Team I.S.R. Racing from the Czech Republic is fielding two Audi R8 LMS cars and Saintéloc Racing from France is traveling to the Ardennes with three race cars.

While the actual race result after 24 hours is the most prestigious one, there are two important additional classifications. Firstly, for many years the 24 Hours of Spa has been part of the European Blancpain GT Series. At Spa, points are awarded after six, twelve and 24 hours of racing – this results in nearly twice as many points as in the case of the usual race duration. Secondly, for the first time regular entrants can score points for the Intercontinental GT Challenge as well. Currently, Laurens Vanthoor and Markus Winkelhock are ranked in third place of this classification of three major international GT races – the Bathurst 12 Hour (Australia), the 24 Hours of Spa and the Sepang 12 Hours (Malaysia).

On the fringe of the Spa 24 hours, Audi Sport customer racing will be handing over the 200th R8 LMS to a customer as well. Since 2009, GT3 racing has been a mainstay of Audi’s motorsport program. By now, teams in Europe, Asia, Australia, South and North America are using the two generations of the production-based GT sports car with the four rings. 

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The Audi teams in the 24 Hours of Spa

Belgian Audi Club Team WRT

#1 Will Stevens/Dries Vanthoor/Frédéric Vervisch (GB/B/B)

#2 Robin Frijns/Stuart Leonard/Michael Meadows (NL/GB/GB)

#3 Filipe Albuquerque/Rodrigo Baptista/Sergio Jimenez (P/BR/BR)

#4 Bertrand Baguette/Pierre Kaffer/Adrien de Leener (B/D/B)

Audi Sport Team Phoenix

#6 Christopher Mies/Frank Stippler/Markus Winkelhock (D/D/D)

Saintéloc Racing

#25 Marco Bonanomi/Fred Bouvy/Christian Kelders/Marc Rostan (I/B/B/F)

#26 Grégory Guilvert/Christopher Haase/Mike Parisy (F/D/F)

#27 Michael Blanchemain/Jean-Paul Buffin/Valentin Hasse-Clot/Gilles Lallement (F/F/F/F)

Audi Sport Team WRT

#28 Nico Müller/René Rast/Laurens Vanthoor (CH/D/B)

I.S.R. Racing

#74 Philippe Giauque/Henry Hassid/Nicolas Lapierre/Franck Perera (F/F/F/F)

#75 Edoardo Mortara/Filip Salaquarda/Marlon Stockinger (I/CZ/RP)

New Audi Q7 and Audi A6 Avant are “2016 AUTO TEST WINNERS”

In their commendation in Berlin, the expert jury panel especially praised the innovative technology of the Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro – above all when it came to the lightweight construction, drive system, chassis, operation and display concept of the premium SUV. The V6 engine impresses with its incredible delivery of power and efficiency, and the newly developed, adaptive suspension with its sportiness and comfort. In the interior, the Q7 offers numerous technical innovations, the jury said, highlighting in particular the Audi virtual cockpit that displays all important driver information at high resolution. Also on board are a variety of new-generation assistance systems that help bring drivers safely and efficiently to their destinations.

The Audi A6 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra topped the list of upper midsize cars in terms of value for money, according to the findings of the jury. The business station wagon scored points with its efficient drive system as well as its high reliability. At the same time the A6 2.0 TDI ultra beat competitors with its efficient fuel consumption.

The editors of AUTO TEST present awards for the reliability and quality of selected cars from all automotive classes and offer purchase recommendations from around 500 models.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.2 – 5.5** (37.9 – 42.8 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 163 – 144** (262.3 – 231.7 g/mi)

Audi A6 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 4.7 – 4.4** (50.0 – 53.5 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 124 – 114** (199.6 – 183.5 g/mi);

**Fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used as well as the engine/transmission version.

Audi produces 200th R8 LMS

If all of the 200 Audi R8 LMS cars produced to date were lined up directly behind each other the line would be more than 900 meters long. 136 models of the first-generation race car and 64 of its successor launched in 2015 have been delivered by Audi around the world. “We’re proud of this mark of 200 cars,” says Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of quattro GmbH that develops and produces the race car. “With more than ten manufacturers offering their products, including many premium sports car brands, the GT3 market is fiercely competitive in many countries. The demand shows that both our product and our services are focused on the customer and absolutely competitive.” To date, both generations combined have won 28 overall championship titles worldwide. In addition, there are 34 class titles, nine overall victories in 24-hour races, plus four successes in 12-hour competitions.

Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, says: “When our new model was launched last year, many teams opted for the Audi R8 LMS – and inquiries from many parts of the world continue to be received in large numbers. Our teams and drivers have been battling for victories and championship titles around the globe ever since the new race car’s first full season.”

Audi Tradition at the “rally Mecca” in Daun

The Audi Group S mid-engine rally prototype represents a real highlight of the rally festival in Daun, where more than 60 spectacular rally cars from Group B and Group S will be on show. After an unprecedented arms race between the manufacturers in the World Rally Championship, Audi decided in the mid-80s to move away from developing comparatively close-to-production cars in rally sport. Instead, the engineers began to develop a special car with a mid-engine, space frame, plastic bodywork and four-valve turbo engine. They planned to introduce a racing car for the 1987 season, in which Group B would be separated from Group S. A serious accident at the Portugal rally–not involving Audi–spelled the end for the project: For safety reasons, the international rallying authority, the FIA, were no longer willing to sanction either Group B or the planned Group S for the 1987 season. The Audi Group S mid-engine rally prototype, conceived for that very season, would forever remain an unfulfilled promise.

Audi Tradition is also presenting two more classics from rally history in Daun. Two-time German rally champion Harald Demuth will drive an Audi Sport quattro Rally from the 1984 season. The Audi Sport quattro S1 from the 1985 season will be on show too in the paddock: For many fans of the Group B series, the “Flügelmonster” (or “winged monster”) remains the most emotionally charged car of all time.