Audi trades Le Mans all nighters for For­mula E

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

AUDI has an­nounced it will swop its en­durance rac­ing for the new elec­tric for­mula 1.

This means the last of all Audi’s en­durance races, in­clud­ing the 24 Hours of Le Mans, end this year.

Speak­ing to 300 em­ploy­ees of the motorsport de­part­ment last week, chair of Audi’s Board of Man­age­ment, Ru­pert Stadler, put this strate­gic de­ci­sion in the con­text of the cur­rent bur­dens on the brand, point­ing out that it was im­por­tant to fo­cus on the things that would keep Audi com­pet­i­tive in the years ahead.

The For­mula E Cham­pi­onship matches the strat­egy of of­fer­ing fully bat­tery-elec­tric mod­els year by year start­ing in 2018.

The com­mit­ment in the DTM, re­mains un­changed but no fi­nal de­ci­sion has yet been made con­cern­ing a fu­ture in­volve­ment in the FIA World Ral­ly­cross Champs. — WR.

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