The rumors were not only right, but that his execution will take place sooner than expected. Audi Sport has announced his departure from the World Endurance (WEC) at the end of 2016, so that the brand from Ingolstadt will put an end to their presence at the event and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a test that has played continuously since 1999 and that somehow has marked an era. With this decision, Audi Sport focuses its efforts on Formula E, in addition to maintain your project in the DTM and its program in the racing-customer in GT3 and in the TCR.
With the arrival of Porsche in the World Endurance in 2014 it was only a matter of time that the two brands of the Volkswagen Group they would no longer compete in the same contest. The scandal with diesel engines that has lived the Volkswagen Group has only accelerated this development and has led to Audi Sport let the 24 Hours of Le Mans after almost two decades of success, every time the LMP1 of the brand from Ingolstadt is based on a diesel V6. Now, the signing of the four rings will focus its action in the Formula E, while Porsche will defend the interests of the VAG Group in the WEC.
Audi Sport says goodbye to the 24 Hours of Le Mans 13 wins in the last 18 editions of the test, and with the milestone of getting the first win in La Sarthe with a diesel engine in a move that leaves a serious void in the category LMP1. Without Audi and Rebellion Racing, the premier class of the World of Resistance will only be as brands involved in Porsche and Toyota, in addition to the private team of ByKolles. A limited number of prototypes LMP1, which binds to a surplus of pilots of first level that could be exploited by both manufacturers.
All in all, Audi Sport focuses its sports programme in the
Formula E where in the season 2016-17 has already intensified its presence in the
Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, with the firm objective of taking all of the weight
the technical development in the future. The mark also certifies its commitment
with the DTM with the development of a new Audi RS 5 DTM and will keep intact its
racing program-client with the Audi R8 LMS GT3 and the Audi RS 3 LMS of the
TCR Series. Finally, the brand values a commitment to the World Rallycross through
the project of Mattias Ekström and his Audi S1 EKS RX.