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Monday, July 17, 2006

Audi: Interview with Dr. Winterkorn

Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn
A must read interview with Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn.
Why has Audi chosen the Le Mans 24-hour race to launch its first diesel engine in a racing car?
The prototype regulations for the Le Mans 24-hour race leave the engineers a lot of room to manoeuvre and it is currently the most interesting motor sport category for us from a technical point of view. No other class offers a car manufacturer such a wide range of possibilities to implement new technologies and to test them for series production, especially in the engine sector. What is more, the Le Mans race covers the distance of almost a complete Formula 1 season within just 24 hours. That is a very powerful argument for us.

Which technologies have been taken over into the development of series production vehicles in the past?
The best examples are quattro drive and FSI technology. The quattro drive system, which only recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, revolutionised rallying in the 1980s. FSI technology was used for the first time in the Le Mans 24-hour race and has remained unbeaten at Le Mans ever since. Today, FSI is just as much a part of high-performance series production models from Audi as quattro drive. In addition, we gain vital knowledge and experience in the field of aerodynamics or brake technology, for example, that can subsequently be taken over into series production.

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Source: All4Engineers, thanks to Ian for the tip


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