Audi Sport announced on Monday that they will end their involvement in ABB FIA Formula E world championship following the conclusion of the upcoming season seven.
Audi have confirmed that they will contest the 2022 Dakar Rally with an electric powertrain while also returning to the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Chairman of the Board of Management of Technichal innovation with Audi, Markus Duesmann said:
A multifaceted commitment to motorsport is and will remain an integral part of Audi’s strategy. “We want to continue demonstrating the brand’s slogan ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ in international top-level motorsport in the future and develop innovative technologies for our road cars. The toughest rally in the world is the perfect stage for this.
Duesmann spoke about the ABB FIA Formula E world championship saying:
Formula E has accompanied the transformation phase at Audi. “Today, electromobility at the four rings is no longer a dream of the future, but the present.” The Audi e-tron is a bestseller in many markets. With the RS e-tron GT, Audi will soon bring its sporty spearhead onto the road. And as early as 2025, around 40 percent of sales are expected to be achieved with purely-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. “This is why we are taking the next step in electrified motorsport by facing the most extreme conditions. The many technical freedoms offered by the Dakar Rally provide a perfect test laboratory for us in this respect.
Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH, Julius Seebach said:
In addition, we are evaluating other possible fields of activity for us in international motorsport. “In doing so, we have our customers’ wishes in mind as much as the company’s future strategy, which is clearly focused on electrification and carbon-neutral mobility. This is why we are intensively preparing to enter the new sports prototype category LMDh with its highlight races, the Daytona 24 Hours and Le Mans 24 Hours. The most important message for our fans is that motorsport will continue to play an important role at Audi.”