Le Mans in Tears … Audi says Bon Voyage ..

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STUTTGART, Germany — Audi has vacated the World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans competition at the end of the season favoring its factory commitment to the Formula E world championship.

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

The first all-electric racing series perfectly matches the strategy of offering fully battery-electric models year by year starting in 2018, Audi currently being in the greatest transformation stage in the company’s history. The commitment in FIA Formula E will begins this year with a strengthened partnership with Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport.

The commitment in the DTM, where Audi will be competing with the successor of the Audi RS 5 DTM in 2017, will remain untouched. In mid-October, the premium brand won the manufacturers’ and teams’ classifications.

In 2013, Mike Rockenfeller most recently brought the title of DTM Champion home for the four rings.

Audi also canned it’s FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX).

years, the brand was active in Le Mans prototype racing, winning the Le Mans twice-around-the-clock race 13 times.

“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. “The Audi Sport Team shaped the WEC during this period like no other team. I would like to express my thanks 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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