Audi training in 2018: focus on electric mobility and digitalization

This means that all future automotive mechatronic technicians learn how to handle high-voltage technology and networked systems in the car right from the training stage. The job requires special knowledge: protective measures for high-voltage technology, an understanding of the most varied driver assistance systems and the analysis of data protocols. The first IT specialists in the field of systems integration also gained their qualifications at Audi in the summer of 2018. An additional qualification as an electrician is part of the course, because they do not work on PCs, but together with the mechatronic technicians in the digitalized environment of automotive production. IT knowledge and the handling of highly automated production systems form the basis for this.

The dual courses of study also feature a growing electric content: In this training year, the dual course of study in mechatronics in cooperation with the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) starts with the subject of electric mobility. The students undergo the practical part of their studies at the Audi plant in Neckarsulm, which is the main center for the development of fuel cells within the Volkswagen Group. After successfully completing their course, most of the graduates will work in that field in Neckarsulm. A new course of study offered by the DHBW program is electrical engineering specializing in energy and the environment. Participants in this dual course of study are preparing for an assignment in the field of energy supply at the Neckarsulm plant.

“The automobile industry is radically changing; new technologies require new competences. That’s why we are already training young people specifically for our strategic fields of the future,” said Dieter Omert, Head of Vocational Training and Professional Competence Development at AUDI AG. “Rapid developments in areas such as electric mobility and digitalization mean also that young people have not finished their training or studies at the end of their courses. That’s why we also support them in continuously improving their qualifications.”

Jürgen Wittmann, member of the works council and of the works committee, stated: “The young Audi employees are helping to shape our future. With their acquired expertise and skills, they, as our future specialists, will play a decisive role in the ongoing success of our brand. That’s why the works council is committed to ensuring that the number of apprentices remains at a high level and that the content of their training continues to set standards in the automotive industry.”

Approximately 540 apprentices and dual students are starting their courses at the plant in Ingolstadt this year, and approximately 290 in Neckarsulm; about 30 percent of them are female. Audi will offer all of them a permanent position after the successful completion of their apprenticeships and studies.

The application period for the 2019 training year in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm runs until September 16. More information on apprenticeships and dual courses of study at Audi is available at

Pioneering work: Audi México produces completely without wastewater

From the paint shop to leak tests – water is necessary in the entire process of automobile production. The wastewater generated at Audi México first undergoes chemical-physical treatment, which neutralizes the water and removes particles and heavy metals, from the paint shop for example. This pre-treated water is then further processed together with the remaining wastewater from the site in a biological wastewater treatment plant, where organic components are decomposed. Finally, a combination of ultrafiltration and multistage reverse osmosis separates the remaining contaminants, including bacterial germs and alkalis. Audi reuses the hygienic and high-quality recycled water directly at the site. The concentrated matter from reverse osmosis is evaporated and the dehydrated solids are disposed of. The company is thus assuming a pioneering technological role for wastewater treatment.

“We are pursuing the vision of producing cars at all our sites completely CO₂ neutral and free of wastewater. We have reached a major milestone in this respect at our plant in San José Chiapa,” stated Peter Kössler, Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics at AUDI AG. “As an automobile manufacturer, we have an obligation to ensure the careful and environmentally compatible use of valuable resources such as water. With the new reprocessing method, we are also making a significant contribution to combating water shortages in Mexico.”

Audi México uses the treated water as process water in production and to irrigate the green areas on the plant grounds. With this innovative process, Audi is already saving around 100,000 cubic meters of water per annum, equivalent to about a quarter of the plant’s total requirement. In the long term, the company actually plans to save more than 300,000 cubic meters of groundwater every year.

“With the new wastewater treatment system, Audi is taking an important step towards an autonomous water cycle,” said Rüdiger Recknagel, Head of Environmental Protection at AUDI AG. “By the end of 2025, we want to reduce the Audi Group’s environmental impact by 35 percent per car produced compared with the reference year 2010. This measure brings us closer to that goal.”

To further reduce the use of groundwater, a reservoir with a capacity of 240,000 cubic meters is located on the site. It fills up during the rainy season of approximately six months from April to September. The rainwater is collected and treated and also used in the plant. “Audi México is the youngest site in the Audi Group. We are all the prouder to play a pioneering role in the sustainable use of water as a resource,” said Alfons Dintner, Chief Executive of Audi México.

As part of its commitment to the environment, Audi México has also planted more than 100,000 trees and installed 25,000 septic tanks on an area of 100 hectares in the neighboring municipality of San José Ozumba. In the rainy season, up to 375,000 cubic meters of water are returned to the groundwater there each year.

The Audi México plant was opened in 2016 and produces the Audi Q5 for the world market. 

Audi headed for the future with Formula E and DTM

In the 2017/2018 season, Audi was the first German automobile manufacturer on the Formula E grid. Having scored four victories and a total of eleven podiums after twelve races around the globe, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler claimed the teams’ championship. The commitment in the fully electric racing series that is currently experiencing a boom with the participation of other manufacturers and partners forms the electric pillar of the brand’s motorsport involvement.

Furthermore, Audi will continue to be active in the DTM and gripping motorsport with internal combustion engines in the future. Next year, the DTM will see one of the most radical changes in its more than 30-year-history: In 2019, modern four-cylinder turbo engines will be introduced. In addition, the so-called “Class One” being driven by the DTM and the Japanese Super GT will make its debut. The new regulations will make it possible to field the cars in both championships. It provides the basis for the joint races to be held for the first time starting in 2019 and increased internationalization. Following Mercedes-Benz’ exit, a minimum of three brands being represented from 2020 on at the latest will be the prerequisite for Audi’s continuing DTM commitment.

“In Formula E, we’re demonstrating Vorsprung durch Technik in e-mobility,” says Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, AUDI AG. “At the same time, we continue to further develop our internal combustion engines. Four-cylinder turbo units with two liters of displacement provide a good mix of performance and efficiency. They are the most important engines worldwide and will be used in Class One starting in 2019. As a result, the DTM – just like Formula E – will receive an increased reference to production development.”

Rallycross in France: Rock star feeling for EKS Audi Sport

“Lohéac is one of the biggest events of the year on the race calendar with sheer rallycross action galore,” says Andreas Bakkerud. “Whenever so many fans turn out at the track this gives me an additional motivation boost.” The eyes of his teammate, Mattias Ekström, start shining as well when he talks about the popular event in Brittany: “Traveling to Lohéac is a great honor every time,” says the 2016 World Champion. “The many enthusiastic spectators there make us drivers feel like rock stars.”

Ekström, on clinching third place last year, achieved his first podium finish on the track with a length of about one kilometer of which only 33 percent are tarmac. The section the Swede enjoys most is Turn 5 – a fast, long right-hander that runs parallel to the Joker Lap. “There, you drift in third or fourth gear, constantly keeping the car’s nose very close to the wall,” says the Audi driver. “Very special as well is the Joker Lap itself with a jump when you enter the corner.” Bakkerud in 2013 won a round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Lohéac. In 2016, he finished the World RX round in France runner-up. “I’ve always done well on this track,” says the Norwegian. “Following my misfortune in Canada, I definitely want to be back on podium.”

EKS Audi Sport tested at Lohéac in early March. It was the first public appearance of the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro that had undergone many detailed improvements for the 2018 season and in which Bakkerud and Ekström have clinched four podium finishes to date. At Lohéac this year, EKS Audi Sport is also fielding an additional Audi S1 EKS RX quattro for the first time – for the Hungarian Szabó Krisztián in the FIA European Rallycross Championship (EuroRX).

SPORT 1 will air live coverage of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX)at Lohéac on Sunday (September 2) from 2 to 4 PM (CEST), both online at and on television on SPORT1+. Starting at 11 PM, SPORT1 will also provide a summary on its main channel.

Audi Sport customers with successes in Italy and Canada

Audi RS 3 LMS (TCR)

Third place in Canada: Team Alphasonic Motorsport on the fifth race weekend of the Canadian Touring Car Championship scored a podium finish. Alain Lauzière in an Audi RS 3 LMS claimed position three in the GT Sport category in race one at Mosport.

Audi Sport customer racing

Canada as a new satellite:Audi Sport customer racing is entering a new growth market in its worldwide customer support activities: Canada is receiving its own branch. While the headquarters in Germany has been taking care of the European market since the launch of the program ten years ago, Audi Sport customer racing Asia, Audi Sport customer racing Japan, Audi Sport customer racing Australia and Audi Sport customer racing USA have to date been in existence as four worldwide bases for the overseas business. Now, a fifth satellite – Audi Sport customer racing Canada – is joining the lineup. There the Canadian Touring Car Championship is the ideal field for the Audi RS 3 LMS TCR race car and the Audi R8 LMS GT4 race car. The first customer teams in 2018 instantly clinched class victories in the CTCC with both models. Individual teams with roots in Canada have commitments in other North American racing series as well. A special aspect in Canada is the fact that the Audi Sport brand and its dealerships are closely integrated in the racing program: retailers support every single one of the six race cars purchased and fielded by the teams to date in the 2018 season.

Coming up next week

31/08–01/09 Zolder (B), rounds 13 and 14, DMV GTC
31/08–02/09 Budapest (H), rounds 7 and 8, Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup
31/08–02/09 Watkins Glen (USA), rounds 8 and 9, Pirelli World Challenge GT
31/08–02/09 Watkins Glen (USA), rounds 7 and 8, Pirelli World Challenge GTS
31/08–02/09 Watkins Glen (USA), rounds 11 and 12, Pirelli World Challenge TCR
31/08–02/09 Bira (THA), rounds 7 and 8, Thailand Super Series
01/09 Mogi Guaçu (BR), round 4, Campeonato Brasileiro de Endurance
01/09 Nürburgring (D), round 6, Endurance Championship Nürburgring
01–02/09 Hungaroring (H), rounds 9 and 10, GT4 European Series
01–02/09 Ningbo (CN), rounds 5 and 6, Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup
01–02/09 Ningbo (CN), rounds 4 to 6, TCR China
01–02/09 Winton (AUS), round 4, Australian GT Trophy Series
01–02/09 Silverstone (GB), rounds 9 and 10, International GT Open
01–02/09 Sochi (RUS), rounds 11 and 12, TCR Russia
01–02/09 Estoril (P), rounds 5 and 6, TCR Portugal

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