COE premiums end mixed in latest bidding exercise

SINGAPORE: Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums closed mixed in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday (Aug 3).

Premiums for Category A cars – those 1600cc and below with horsepower not exceeding 130bhp, – closed at S$52,503, down from S$53,000 two weeks ago.

Premiums for larger and more powerful cars in Category B rose from S$57,508 to S$57,903.

Open category COEs, which can be used for any vehicle type but end up being used mainly for large cars, rose from S$57,501 to S$58,201.

Motorcycle premiums closed at S$6,206, down from S$6,302 in the last exercise.

COE premiums for commercial vehicles, which include goods vehicles and buses, fell to S$48,302 from S$49,890 in the previous bidding exercise.

A total of 6,281 bids were received, with a quota of 4,363 COEs available.

A car lifetime in fast-forward mode: 100th Audi Quality Assurance INKA test

In the course of performing 100 INKA tests, Audi Quality Assurance has completed a total of 322,500 testing hours, covered more than one million kilometers (621,371 mi) and driven through 2,800 mud tests and 1,900 salt tests. Sylvia Droll, Head of Materials Engineering: “Audi stands for superior build quality, high-quality material appearance and high reliability – even many years after a car is first registered. The INKA test is an essential tool for assessing the quality of our models and for further optimizing our production methods.”

The endurance test covers five phases. First the car is misted with salt in a climatic chamber at 35 degrees Celsius. Next it is exposed to a tropical climate of up to 50 degrees Celsius and maximum air humidity of 100 percent. In phase three, 80 halogen metal vapor lamps, each with an output of 1,200 watts, heat the body to a maximum of 90 degrees Celsius. In the process, the colors in the interior must not fade and the materials must not become brittle.

The fourth phase simulates winter-like conditions at the polar circle. At minus 35 degrees Celsius, a four-post hydropulse machine rocks the car to simulate the body torsion and strain on parts of the vehicle and engine mounts that cars endure on rough roads. In parallel – phase five – test drivers repeatedly drive through specially prepared routes on the open testing grounds.

A total of 12,000 kilometers (7,456.5 mi) are traveled with each model, including driving through saltwater and mud. At the end of the test, the quality inspectors dissect the entire car into around 600 individual parts and check these for weak points.

Audi Quality Assurance conducted the first INKA tests in 2002. Technical Development has been assessing pre-series cars using the same test method for 40 years now.

Fuel consumption of the models named above

Audi A4:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.7 – 3.7 (35.1 – 63.6 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 154 – 95** (247.8 – 152.9 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 Motorsport Newsletter 27/2016

McNish presents Formula 3 trophies

Audi Sport Ambassador Allan McNish was not only interested in the eleven Audi R8 LMS when visiting of the 24 Hours of Spa, the season highlight of the Blancpain GT Series. The three-time Le Mans winner also followed the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and presented the trophies on the rostrum after the second race of the single-seater series.

Timo Scheider kicks for a good cause

100,000 euros for a good cause were raised by a charity soccer match between the “Nazionale Piloti” and the “Nowitzki Allstars” in Mainz. The line-up of the race drivers’ team included Audi DTM driver Timo Scheider. In spite of a 6-9 defeat, the two-time DTM Champion was thrilled: “It was a cool soccer evening. I met an incredibly large number of pleasant people and had great fun.”.

A word from … Chris Reinke

The Head of Audi Sport customer racing about the successes at the 24 Hours of Spa

You have three reasons to celebrate. What are you most pleased about?

We are proud of the performances of our customer teams representing Audi Sport customer racing. We celebrated overall victory at Spa in the manufacturers’ classification ‘Coupe du Roi’. The performance of every team in the Pro, Pro-Am and Am categories is taken into consideration for this trophy. We would never have won this title without our customers. We are also delighted for I.S.R. Racing and its second place in the Pro-Am classification. Igor Salaquarda’s team has not been part of the Audi Sport customer racing family for so long, but earned this success through good work. And lastly, Audi Sport Team WRT staged a genuinely fascinating fightback. To unlap yourself three times and come back from 42nd overall to finish on the podium is a fantastic performance.

So many teams had never previously started the 24 Hours of Spa with Audi. What does this success mean for you?

The manufacturers’ classification reveals: nowhere in the world is there such a good grid with so many GT3 sports cars, and it’s an honor that so many teams rely on Audi. Eleven of the world’s best sports car brands were gathered at Spa and put 65 cars on the grid. We were the brand with the second highest amount of race cars. There is no better advert for our GT3 program than the trust shown by the teams. In the lead up to the race, we also welcomed different customers from other series’, including a driver from Australia. And at Spa we handed over the 200th GT3 race car that the crew at Audi Sport customer racing built.

What are the next goals for Audi Sport customer racing?

There are still plenty of events to come on the calendars of our customers in Australia, Asia, Europe and America. Different teams are also fighting for championship titles this year, and things are very tense in our one-make cups Audi R8 LMS Cup and Audi Sport TT Cup. And there are still some important races to come this year, including the FIA GT Cup at Macau in November.

Coming up next week

04–07/08 Road America (USA), round 8, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
05–07/08 Nürburgring (D), round 9 and 10, ADAC GT Masters
05–07/08 Nürburgring (D), round 7 and 8, Spezial Tourenwagen-Trophäe
06–07/08 Snetterton (GB), round 7 and 8, British GT-Championship
05–07/08 Sepang (MAL), round 2, Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup
06–07/08. Fuji (J), 4. Lauf Super GT

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Coupe du Roi and sixth consecutive podium finish for Audi

“That was hard work. Congratulations to the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT and its drivers who never gave up,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “They fought hard and fair for a podium finish, which our second factory supported team would have deserved as well.” Audi Sport Team Phoenix and its drivers Christopher Mies/Frank Stippler/Markus Winkelhock repeatedly held the lead as the race entered its final quarter. The German driver squad were always in the top three and within striking distance of the leader when fate intervened on lap 426. A tire failure caused a fire that ended the speedy race prematurely. 

The Audi customer teams fielded nine other race cars at Spa. Team I.S.R. Racing from the Czech Republic was successful in the Pro-Am class. Philippe Giauque/Henry Hassid/Nicolas Lapierre/Franck Perera (CH/F/F/F) were delighted about second place in this category after 24 hours of racing. With Saintéloc Racing’s seventh place, Team WRT in eighth and I.S.R. Racing in ninth position, four Audi R8 LMS finished in the top ten – more single sportscars than of every other brand. 

“Our teams gave their all and represented the Audi brand well at Spa,” concluded Chris Reinke. “We wish them as well as our other customer teams contesting other championships continued success throughout the remainder of the season. This year several of our customer teams are still fighting around the world for championship titles.” 

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Race result 

1. Eng/Martin/Sims (BMW #99) 531 laps

2. Rosenqvist/Van der Zande/Vautier (Mercedes #88) +1m 55.408s

3. Müller/Rast/Vanthoor (Audi R8 LMS #28) +2m 00.586s

4. Reip/Soucek/Soulet (Bentley #8) – 1 lap

5. Götz/Jäger/Paffett (Mercedes #86) –1 lap

6. Baumann/Buhk/Jaafar (Mercedes #84) –2 laps

7. Guilvert/Haase/Parisy (Audi R8 LMS #26) –4 laps

8. Baguette/Kaffer/de Leener (Audi R8 LMS #4) –4 laps

9. Mortara/Salaquarda/Stockinger (Audi R8 LMS #75) –4 laps

10. Comac/Jousse/Narac/Pilet (Porsche #76) – 4 laps