Author: Chris Nagy

What Does Audi Have Planned for CES 2014?

As cars have grown increasingly more connected in this world over the past few years, the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas has risen in clout. Even as the North American International Auto Show is set to occur the following week, auto companies are coming to the 2014 CES in droves ready to showcase their latest technological innovations. Making a splash last year with their autonomous driving concepts, Audi returns to the CES with even greater anticipation. Audi’s presence at the 2014 CES in Las Vegas starts the auto company’s Board of Management Rupert Stadler delivering a keynote address. Set to take place on Monday at 8:30 pm Pacific Standard Time, Audi has divulged some of the innovations Stadler is expected to talk about while rumours circulate something even more exciting will be presented as well. What Audi has confirmed is their 2014 CES presentation will present a heightened level of illumination on a new type of lighting. Featured on the 560-horsepower Audi Sport quattro concept car, a laserlight headlight assembly will be exhibited as the next evolution for driving at night or through dark surroundings. The laserlight headlights with Matrix LED concept can create a brighter view. One of the leaders in full LED headlighting that is only beginning to catch on, Audi’s research into another form of illumination has the potential of allowing motorists to clearly...

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Audi R18 e-tron quattro is Reenergized for 2014

  Winning six of the eight races on the 2013 schedule for the FIA World Endurance Championship, it would be easy to assume the Audi R18 e-tron quattro fielded by Audi Sport Team Joest was a dominant car in the LMP1 category. What does the LMP1 manufacturers’ championship winning mean to Audi? It is time for the German car brand to completely reengineer their race car. With the Toyota TS030 Hybrid proving to be a strong competitor and Porsche’s entrance to the LMP1 category on-course for next year, Audi simply cannot rest on their laurels. Keeping the Audi R18 e-tron quattro name for 2014, the race car appearing on the race track will be a drastically different car from the one that last raced at the Bahrain International Circuit last month. Conforming to 2014 rule changes made to the World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 category, the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro is safer and more energy efficient than the newly-retired vehicle. The body of the 2014 race car will be 10 centimeters slimmer but will also be 20 millimeters higher than the 2013 R18 e-tron quattro. The increased vehicle height is created for improved cockpit room and contributes with other design changes that improve visibility. A greater level of protection greets the pilot of the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro with a stronger-than-ever carbon fiber reinforced polymer cockpit structure. A...

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Five Audi R8s Commit to United SportsCar Championship

  The merger of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series is certain to increase the overall profile of sports car racing in the United States. Closing in on the 2014 season opener at Daytona, the Tudor United SportsCar Championship is rapidly formulating for its first championship tour. A preliminary list has already been revealing a four-class series. The Ford EcoBoost/Riley, Mazda diesel and the Aston Martin V12 Vantage race cars are among 69 potential overall entries for the 24-hour race in Florida this upcoming year. The defending victor of the Rolex 24 at Daytona’s GT class, the Audi R8 will be part of the all-new sports car racing series with a massive presence. With five entries planned to compete in a full 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship schedule, Audi has four organizations campaigning race-ready R8 supercars. Calling their race car the Audi R8 LMS, squad’s vehicle appears to be the same as the R8 Grand-Am. A newcomer to Audi’s GT efforts, Flying Lizard Motorsports switches from being a long-time Porsche supporter to an organization wielding two R8 LMS race cars for 2014. Fall-Line Motorsports, GMG Racing and Paul Miller Racing are committed to single-car entries for the upcoming season. Notable absences from the list of Audi R8 LMS race cars is the APR Motorsports team and the reigning winners of the GT...

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Two-door Multi-Purpose Audi Concept Making Debut in Detroit

  Detroit is slowly becoming a second home to the quattro. At last year’s North American International Auto Show, Audi unveiled the hyper-powered RS7 Sportback and a gasoline version of the SQ5 to the world. A stylish, all-wheel driveline of vehicles appearing during winter (who in Detroit wouldn’t go gaga over an Audi?). In preparations for the upcoming 2014 show in the Motor City, Audi has now presented some renderings of a crossover-style show vehicle. A creation lacking a name at this time, the Audi concept vehicle will introduces itself as a two-door crossover. However, Audi appears purposeful in stating this show car exhibits crossover-like qualities. With a quartet of rendered images giving an indication for what will be shown early next year in Detroit, the Audi show car is themed as a compact vehicle “for everyday driving and recreational use”.     When premiering at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the German concept is a 13.78-foot long re-education in crossover design. Baring a mild resemblance to the Volkswagen Cross Coupe Concept that was auto show fixture throughout 2012 and this year, the most discriminating detail between the two concept vehicles, the Audi show car is depicted a two-door. Described as a shooting brake design, the Audi concept is borrowing styling influence from across their production model range. The front nose’s details scream to the aggression of the Audi...

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Potential Circuit Breaker: Audi is Entering Formula E

One reason gasoline engines have been able to evolve into an efficient, well-understood choice for a common automobile driver is participation in motorsports. As we are recognizing a new future for cars with electric power, an ambitious plan to showcase the performance of near-zero emissions motoring is set to become reality. An all-electric racing, the Formula E series will be inaugurated on September 20th of 2014 as one of the first professional forms of motorsports of its kind. An open wheel race car design similar to the vehicles in Formula 1 or IndyCar Series, the open class setup of Formula E provides any willing company an opportunity to innovate near-zero emissions performance. With almost every major automaker trying to prove the merits of their electrified drivetrain development, Formula E could be the first application of the old “Race on Sunday, sell on Monday” adage for electric cars. Having fielded a hybrid diesel/electric prototype sports car for victorious outings at Le Mans, Audi has thrown its hat into the ring for the new world auto racing class. Providing a rendering of a vehicle‘s livery, Audi will be led into the Formula E series by ABT Sportsline starting in 2014. Though a private entity, ABT Sportsline’s has a long-running relationship with modifying Audi and Volkswagen Group vehicles to be greater performers. ABT Sportsline and Audi already have an established partnership in motorsports...

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Audi’s Delivers Virtual Role in Ender’s Game Movie

  This weekend, Audi has taken another step in establishing the four-ring badge as an immortal entity. In the past several years, Audi has realized what great power rests in defining their vehicles in the future. Audi is considered one of the lead developers in autonomous vehicle technology with the conception of Piloted Driving systems. Besides car technology, Audi has also infused their presence into several futuristic movies. Successfully adapting itself into the world of 2035 with product placement in the Will Smith movie I, Robot, Audi‘s custom made film car, the RSQ, gained some valuable screen time. With the...

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Audi Fires Up the Sport Quattro Concept in Frankfurt 2013

As an evolving luxury car company, Audi has largely defined itself through modern technology. With exception to brief mention of the Auto Union era, the most historically recognized Audi vehicles are the Ur-quattro sports car. The first of a line of what is now over five million quattro all-wheel drive vehicles sold by Audi, the Ur-Quattro’s characteristics earned instant worldwide recognition for the German auto brand. Three years after the first Audi Ur-quattro was introduced, an upgraded variant was shown at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show. Classified as the Audi Sport Quattro S1, the result was a steroid-infused version of the original vehicle. Similar to the Plymouth Superbird and the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR, the Audi Sport Quattro S1’s presence as a production car was only a formality so the brand could compete with a better race car. Featuring cutting-edge carbon fiber body panels and an all-aluminum turbocharged engine generating 444 horsepower in competition trim, the car also existed as an early application of Audi’s now common S badging. Thirty years since the premiere of the first Sport Quattro, Audi is reviving the legacy for a concept design modernized and depicting future trends for the German premium car make.     Looking at the Audi Sport Quattro Concept, car enthusiasts with good memories should be comforted with the knowledge they are not suffering from déjà vu. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of...

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Audi Wins 2013 Le Mans Amid Somber Atmosphere

  This past weekend, the crown jewel of Audi’s 2013 racing season was campaigned. Making history last year as the first hybrid race car to win the 24-hour race, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro defended its accomplishment for a second-straight year at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Completing 348 laps worth 4742.89 kilometers around the 4.273-kilometer road course, Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Loïc Duval combined efforts to bring the #2 Audi prototype to a 12th win since the 2000 Le Mans race. As a team, Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro race machines claimed the first, third and fifth place positions in the 2013 edition of the French endurance classic. For some, seeing the Audi Sport Team Joest organization once again celebrating a victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was somewhat of a sleeper story. Despite the near magic of constantly winning a daylong endurance race, the competition in most of the Le Mans races contended since 2000 would consist of one Audi racing against another Audi prototype car. Even the company’s press release seemed to be taking the news of their 12th 24 Hours of Le Mans win in 14 runnings in stride. Perhaps what had been most coveted is an adversary to the great name. From 2007 to 2011, Peugeot gave Audi a reason to fear losing to the 908 HDi FAP race car....

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