Cannot wait for 2008! Ok, that was a little corny but it’s true. Did you catch the opening race of 2007 at Hockeheim? If not be sure and grab our calendar, set your TiVo’s and have a great winter!
On 13th April, 2008, the 460bhp racing version of the new Audi A4 will make its motor-racing debut, in DTM. For the coming season, Audi designs a new touring car, based on the new Audi A4. Despite being created within the framework of the rather strict DTM regulations, the new Audi racer will feature more than just a new appearance and new aerodynamics.
The design work started as early as in June 2007, right after Audi’s latest triumph in the Le Mans 24-Hour Race. Components of the new Audi A4 DTM – internally called ‘R14’ – have already been tested successfully. The roll-out of the 2008 car will be executed before New Year. Afterwards, an extensive testing programme will be completed before the first round of the 2008 season, held at the Hockenheimring on 13th April.
’Quite obviously it’s our goal to successfully defend the DTM title,’ says Audi Motorsport Director Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. ‘The production version of the new Audi A4 represents a major step forward and has won many benchmark tests and important awards even before having hit the market. And we will give our very best to create a racing car that will do justice to the production car’s reputation.’
In addition to the title-defence campaign in DTM and entering three diesel sports cars in the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, Audi plans to continue its involvement in the American Le Mans series as well as entering the European Le Mans Series.”