Audi Sport

Motorsport 2019

In the 2019 motorsport season, AUDI AG will be involved in the pioneering Formula E and the enthralling DTM touring car racing. The company’s involvement aims primarily to derive innovative technologies for the future and volume-production use.

Formula E

Audi starts 2018/19 as defending champion in Formula E. The world’s first electric race series entered its fifth season in early December 2018 in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The all-new Audi e-tron FE05 celebrated its premier there, ushering in a new era in the innovative race series: the larger battery capacity of the new vehicle generation eliminates the need for the obligatory vehicle change in the middle of the race.

Audi is focusing on the brand’s electrification campaign with its involvement in Formula E. As the first all-electric volume-production vehicle, the Audi e-tron celebrated its premiere in September 2018. The e-tron Sportback is due to follow in 2019. By 2025, Audi will offer twelve different models with all-electric drive in the world’s key markets, generating around a third of its sales from electrified models. Motorsport is taking on a pioneering role here. After all, the Four Rings have been using this platform for almost 40 years to test new technologies for volume production. The Audi e-tron now follows in the footsteps of quattro, TFSI, TDI and hybrid.

Audi was the first German manufacturer to join Formula E in the 2017/18 season. Even in the debut season, Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt notched up four victories, guaranteeing the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team the title in the team rankings. Throughout the season the successful duo took part in a total of 13 races across the globe, including in Mexico City, Hong Kong, Rome, Paris, Berlin and New York.


Audi will also be involved in the spectacular touring car racing in 2019, continuing its many years of involvement in the DTM. A new era is dawning this year in the popular race series: the previous V8 naturally aspirated engines are being replaced with new four-cylinder turbocharged engines that deliver a good mix of performance and efficiency. The new engines provide an important connection with volume production, as the four-cylinder two-litre turbocharged engines in particular are important combustion engines worldwide at Audi. The power output of the racing engines uprated to around 600 hp holds out the prospect of even more thrilling action. Together with the modified aerodynamics, they rank as the cornerstones of the new Class 1 regulations, due also to come into force from 2020 in the Japanese Super GT series.

Audi will also be one of the title contenders in 2019 with the Audi RS 5 DTM lining up on the grid in the 18 races in Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK. The Four Rings rely on a tried-and-trusted driver sextet in the shape of Loïc Duval, Robin Frijns, Jamie Green, Nico Müller, René Rast and Mike Rockenfeller.

In 2018, Audi notched up its 100th victory in the DTM, with defending champion René Rast missing out on the drivers’ title by just four points. The Audi driver’s six victories in a row during the season set a new record in the traditional-laden race series which was inaugurated in 1984.

Fuel consumption*/emissions figures*:

  • Audi RS 5 Coupé: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 12,4; extra-urban 7,1 – 7,0; combined 9,1 – 9,0; CO₂ emissions in g/km: combined 197; Efficiency rating: E/EU6
  • Audi A8 50 TDI quattro: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 6,5 – 6,3; extra-urban 5,5 – 5,1; combined 5,8 – 5,6; CO₂ emissions in g/km: combined 152 – 145; Efficiency rating: A/EU6
  • Audi e-tron 55 quattro: Electric power consumption combined in kWh/100 km: 26,2 - 22,5; CO₂ emissions in g/km: combined 0; Efficiency rating: A/EU6
  • Audi R8 Coupé V10 performance quattro: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 20,0; extra-urban 9,0; combined 13,1; CO₂ emissions in g/km: combined 297; Efficiency rating: G/EU6
  • Audi R8 Spyder V10 performance quattro: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 20,2; extra-urban 9,2; combined 13,3; CO₂ emissions in g/km: combined 301; Efficiency rating: G/EU6
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