Audi Steps Back From Le Mans And WEC For Formula E Racing

Posted: Oct 26 2016, 10:19pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 27 2016, 10:00pm CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles

 

Audi Steps Back from Le Mans and WEC for Formula E Racing
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Formula E is the new destination for Audi.

Audi was previously working for World Endurance Championship (WEC) however the company has announced that they are turning their focus on the factory Formula E effort. Audi has also claimed that they won’t be working on the WEC program after the end of 2016. Thus the company is withdrawing itself from WEC and Le Mans after the running year.

The German automaker confirmed that the total of 300 workers who were currently working on WEC won’t be getting fired from their jobs. All the workers will be retained, but their focus of work will shift towards the Formula E after the year 2016 ends. 

Rupert Stadler who is the Chairman of the Board of Audi told to his staff recently that, “We’re going to contest the race for the future on electric power. As our production cars are becoming increasingly electric, our motorsport cars, as Audi’s technological spearheads, have to even more so.”

Audi is closing the deal with WEC after working for the franchise for 18 long years. The company has won Le Mans for a total of 13 times. It has made it the second most successful manufacturer in racing after Porsche which has won for 18 times. 

Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ulrich said, “Audi Sport Team shaped the WEC during this period like no other team. I would like to express my thanks to our squad, to Reinhold Joest and his team, to the drivers, partners and sponsors for this extremely successful cooperation. It’s been a great time!”

Audi will focus primarily on the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Team. The pictures of the vehicles have been released and it looks like a promising one. The brand has been working with its team from 2014 but now they will be supporting it financially and technically as well. 

“After 18 years in prototype racing that were exceptionally successful for Audi, it’s obviously extremely hard to leave,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “Audi Sport Team Joest shaped the WEC during this period like no other team. I would like to express my thanks to our squad, to Reinhold Joest and his team, to the drivers, partners and sponsors for this extremely successful cooperation. It’s been a great time!” 

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