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Audi set to quit?

  • Published on 14 Oct 2016 13:27
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

Audi could be set to scrap its hugely successful Le Mans Prototype programme at the end of next season.

Autocar Magazine is reporting that high ranking insiders close to the 13-times Le Mans 24 Hour victors' chairman Rupert Stadler are suggesting that the company has already opted to quit.

The move follows Volkswagen Audi Group's decision to scale down the use of its diesel technology in motorsport following the infamous 'Dieselgate' affair. This could leave the door open for a long-rumoured move into F1 where petrol-hybrid engines are currently used.

VAG are keen to showcase petrol-electric hybrid, and electric powertrains for their road cars. Their current LMP1 car is a diesel electric hybrid which, despite their claims, has no relevance or relation to any of their cars currently on sale.

VAG are also unsure of the benefit of having two of their brands in the FIA World Endurance Championship going head-to-head, with Porsche also running a successful LMP1 effort.

Autocar is reporting that Volkswagen Motorsport boss Wolfgang Durheimer has also been charged with scaling down the company's motorsport portfolio, freeing up budget and resources for a new strategy which will see the company introduce up to 25 all-electric cars within the next decade.

This could potentially see VAG's other factory, factory-supported, and customer programmes in WRC, WRX, GRC, WEC, DTM, TCR, and GT racing also threatened, also the recently announced Formula E plan is almost certainly safe.

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  • Even if its a pity, I suppose this move makes sense, Volkswagen always aimed to have only one team per sport they're in. But Im pretty sure this doesnt mean we will see VW in F1 soon, they pretty much seem to be a in a resource saving mode at the moment, and F1 is expensive even for just an engine manufacturer.

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