Perfect weekend for Marschall in Audi Sport TT Cup

Marshall had demonstrated his ambitions for the weekend as early as in qualifying, clinching the top spot on the grid for both races. From pole position, the native of Karlsruhe did not give his rivals the slightest chance and scored an uncontested victory twice. “That was an impressive performance,” praised Project Leader Philipp Mondelaers. “But our other young talents delivered fantastic motorsport once more as well. The premiere in Hungary was a resounding success.” Trailing Marschall, overall leader Joonas Lappalainen clinched a clear second place. Sheldon van der Linde from South Africa completed the top three.

In the guest entrants’ classification, the grid at the Hungaroring again included two high-caliber entrants, WorldSBK stars Chaz Davies and Xavi Forés. The Spaniard Forés decided the duel of the motorcycle campaigners in his favor, celebrating a second and a third place. For Davies, both races ended early following collisions he was not at fault in. In spite of this, the Welshman had huge fun switching from two to four wheels and is leaving Budapest with plenty of positive memories. The Dutchman Milan Dontje dominated the action in the guest entrants’ classification. The seasoned campaigner won both races and fought a number of spectacular duels with the permanent entrants.

Perfect day for Audi and Edoardo Mortara

It was a historic day for Audi. For the first time ever, an automobile manufacturer managed to secure the top eight positions on the DTM grid with all eight cars – in spite of the fact that qualifying most recently at Moscow and at the Nürburgring had not been its greatest forte. On clinching his third pole position in the DTM, Edoardo Mortara in the Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline secured a perfect starting base for race one.

The Italian who lives in Switzerland subsequently celebrated a commanding lights-to-flag victory and set the fastest race lap as well. “What a Saturday!” the Audi driver beamed following his fourth win this season. “We were instantly fast this weekend. In free practice, everything was going perfectly and in qualifying, too. My start wasn’t brilliant but good enough to defend the lead. Afterwards, I was able to control my advantage and take it easy on the tires and brakes. My Audi RS 5 DTM was simply perfect today.”

The good news for all DTM fans: After the first of the two races in Hungary, it is clear that the decision in the title race will only be made in the finale at the Hockenheimring on October 15/16. Four drivers from all three brands can still secure the drivers’ title, including two Audi drivers, Edoardo Mortara and Jamie Green.

Jamie Green in the Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Rosberg missed the top spot on the grid by only 82 thousandths of a second and in the race stayed on Edoardo Mortara’s heels like a shadow. Miguel Molina in the Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM clinched his first podium since his victory at the Lausitzring in May.

Completing Audi’s triumph were Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM), Nico Müller (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM) and Adrien Tambay (Speedweek.com Audi RS 5 DTM) in positions four to six. Rockenfeller claimed the best result this season for Audi Sport Team Phoenix for which Timo Scheider in the AUTO BILD MOTORSPORT Audi RS 5 DTM scored points in ninth place as well.

The only driver to finish out of the points on Saturday was Mattias Ekström who in the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM, following a fair-to-middling start, was sent off track by a BMW driver while braking on entering turn two. Subsequently, Ekström advanced from 23rd place to position 19 and entertained the trackside spectators – including 2,500 enthusiastic Audi employees from the Győr plant – with spectacular overtaking maneuvers.

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Decidedly sporty: the Audi TT as S line competition

The Audi TT has always held the power to fascinate with its sporty design and dynamic handling. This character is now underscored by the S line competition special model. The Singleframe, the blade at the front, the exterior mirror housings and the diffuser insert come in a high-gloss black finish, to reinforce its forceful looks. The fixed rear wing of the limited-edition model also radiates sports appeal. This component, too, is painted high-gloss black. The tailpipe trims of the exhaust system have a black chrome finish.

The sport suspension with firm spring/damper settings lowers the ride height of the TT S line competition by ten millimeters (0.4 in) compared with the basic version. And the standard Audi drive select system enhances driving dynamics whenever desired. This enables the driver to modify their car’s characteristics in the auto, comfort, dynamic, efficiency and individual modes.

The limited-edition car is factory-fitted with 19-inch wheels in a gloss black five-spoke blade design, fitted with size 245/35 tires. Behind the wheels, the red-painted brake calipers provide highlights. The choice of body colors comprises glacier white, nano gray, tango red and the new TT color Ara blue. The hood of the TT Roadster S line competition is black.

In the cockpit, S sport seats with embossing in the backrests encapsulate the dynamic character of the TT S line competition. Their highly contoured side supports – optionally with pneumatic adjustment – provide excellent lateral support for driver and passenger alike. Electrically adjustable lumbar supports are integrated as standard. The flat-bottomed S line contoured sport leather steering wheel in three-spoke design has multifunction buttons for quick and easy operation of the navigation, media, phone and speech dialog system. As is typical for the TT, the Audi virtual cockpit comes on board as standard. The driver chooses between three modes with the “View” button on the steering wheel. As well as the classic view and the “Infotainment” mode, the limited-edition model has a sport screen where the central tachometer with integral speed display dominates the all-digital instrument cluster.

In defining the range of colors and materials, Audi has created a balanced mix of sports appeal and elegance: Seats and door armrests are upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara, or optionally all in Fine Nappa leather – in both cases in black. Gray contrasting stitching adorns the seats, leather steering wheel, doors and gear/selector lever knob. The inlays are in matt brushed aluminum, while the air vents, the clip around the center console and the seat trims have a slate gray chrome paint finish. As in the TTS*, the surface of the soft foam-cushioned dashboard has a slightly raised honeycomb structure that comes across as both technical and sporty. The depressed polygons are produced by removing with a laser two tenths of a millimeter of material from the surface in several stages. Each individual honeycomb is exactly aligned with the design edges of the dashboard support. The result is a clear and linear pattern. The floor mats with black piping are also from the TTS range.

Audi is offering the special model TT S line competition outfitted with the 230 hp 2.0 TFSI engine. It is available as a front-wheel-drive version with six-speed manual transmission or S tronic, and as a quattro with S tronic. Prices for the TT Coupé S line competition start at EUR 41,940. The roadster version of the special model costs EUR 44,340 upwards.

UN prize awarded to Audi’s Environmental Foundation

“We are very proud of this recognition in the context of the UN Decade on Biodiversity. It shows that with our commitment, we are making a valuable contribution towards implementing this strategy,” stated Dr. Rüdiger Recknagel, Chief Executive of Audi’s Environmental Foundation (Audi Stiftung für Umwelt GmbH). “It is important to us to support projects focused on the protection of species and environmental education – also when this is far away from the production of automobiles.” Since December 2014, the Audi Environmental Foundation and Species Protection in Franconia have been converting disused transformer stations into spaces for endangered fauna to live and breed. Meanwhile, four transformer stations – in Suhl (Thuringia), Ittlingen (Baden‑Württemberg), Kastellaun (Rhineland‑Palatinate) and Bad Staffelstein (Bavaria) – offer new homes for example to pipistrelle bats, barn owls and little owls.

The United Nations declared the Decade on Biodiversity from 2011 until 2020 with the goal of halting the worldwide decline in biological diversity. Prizes are awarded to projects that are exemplary in this context for species protection, sustainability or the communication of ecological values – like the Columns of Biodiversity. On behalf of the United Nations, the Environment Minister of the State of Bavaria, Ulrike Scharf, handed over a “tree of diversity,” a colored wooden sculpture symbolizing the abundance and uniqueness of nature. The UN Decade on Biodiversity prize will also be awarded to the other three Columns of Diversity in the coming weeks.

With the Columns of Diversity, the Audi Environmental Foundation is supporting the protection of species itself as well, as the understanding of the issue. Information boards and QR codes on the artistically decorated towers provide extensive details of the project and of the characteristics and habits of the animals and birds living there. Interested parties can also observe the inhabitants of the transformer towers in Suhl and Bad Staffelstein via webcams. 

Audi supports Ekström in world RX title race

“There are two hearts beating in my chest,” says Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “Obviously, it’s not easy to do without one of our best drivers in the DTM finale at Hockenheim of all events. But Mattias (Ekström) has the chance of winning the world championship title in rallycross in an Audi.” That is why Audi Sport has released him for the WorldRX round at the Estering, so supporting him in the race for the world championship title. His DTM cockpit at Hockenheim will be taken over by René Rast. On making his surprise DTM debut, the Audi factory driver left a strong impression. “I’m very excited to see how he’s going to fare with a little more time to prepare,” Gass adds.

With 21 victories and two championship titles under his belt, Mattias Ekström is the most successful Audi DTM driver in history. Three years ago, alongside his DTM commitment, he formed his own privateer rallycross team, EKS. In the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, he may now be about to clinch the first ever world championship title in his career. Before the last three rounds, the Swede is leading the World Rallycross Championship with a ten-point advantage.

Car COEs close lower in latest bidding exercise

SINGAPORE: Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums closed mixed in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday (Sep 21).

For Category A cars, or those 1600cc and below with horsepower not exceeding 130bhp, premiums closed at S$50,000, down from S$51,506 two weeks ago. Premiums for larger and more powerful cars in Category B fell to S$55,501 from S$57,002.

Open category COEs, which can be used for any vehicle type but end up being used mainly for large cars, slid to S$55,201 from S$56,889.

Motorcycle premiums closed at S$6,501, up from S$6,452 in the last exercise.

COEs for commercial vehicles, which include goods vehicles and buses, rose to S$49,890 from S$49,801 in the previous bidding exercise.

A total of 5,934 bids were received, with a quota of 4,355 COEs available.

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Audi opens new, highly efficient paint shop

Approximately 200 employees work in the new paint shop in three‑shift operation, supported by 54 painting robots, 36 handling robots and eight cleaning robots. Start of construction of the new hall, which is 324 meters long, 36 meters wide and 32 meters high (1,063 x 118 x 105 ft.), was in April 2014. Installation of equipment started in March 2015 and the topping‑out ceremony was in July. Series operation began in spring 2016 after a construction period of just two years. At present, 650 car bodies are painted there each day; the maximum daily capacity of approximately 900 cars per day is to be achieved by the end of the year. The models Audi A4 and A5 are currently painted in the new paint shop, later to be followed by the Audi A3 and Q2.

The new paint shop is one of the most environmentally friendly in the world, resulting from state‑of‑the‑art technologies such as air recirculation, dry separation and exhaust air cleaning. These measures allow a significant reduction in the use of resources, so that heating energy and water consumption per car are reduced by 20 percent. Air recirculation also helps to reduce CO₂‑emissions per painted car by 30 percent, while the cleaning of exhaust air reduces emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by 90 percent. Prof. Dr. Hubert Waltl, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Production and Logistics, stated: “Sustainable operations have high priority at Audi. That’s why we are continually further developing our production technologies. This is the only way for us to live up to our high demands in terms of quality, environmental compatibility and energy efficiency. With the construction of the new paint shop, we placed great importance on high standards of resource efficiency and ecology.”

“The member of the Works Council campaigned for this new paint shop. It is an investment in the future and thus a further commitment by the company to the main Audi plant in Ingolstadt,” said Peter Mosch. The Chairman of the Group Works Council of AUDI AG believes the ergonomic design of workplaces in the new paint shop shows that technological progress and humane working conditions are not contradictory aims.

The new topcoat point line‑in the north of the plant site also introduces state‑of‑the‑art painting technology at Audi: Paint‑application equipment with robot technology and electrostatic high‑speed rotation spray guns carry out the painting process fully automatically. With the so‑called bell‑bell method, paint is applied only electrostatically, thus achieving higher efficiency. In combination with dry separation, this also benefits the environment. Five‑percent less waste (paint sludge) is created for each car that is painted.

The complete topcoat painting process for an Audi model lasts about three hours. The car bodies pass through three stations for the application of filler, basecoat and clear paint. After each step of the process, the painted car bodies pass through a drier. Audi places great emphasis on efficiency also with this equipment: The energy required for a constant temperature in the drier cabins is optimally adjusted to the number of car bodies to be dried. Hot air passes through special air vents pointing towards the car bodies.

The new topcoat line is also a further component of the fully connected intelligent factory of the future, the smart factory. For example, a big‑data robot measures the painted automobiles at more than 100 measuring points. Employees use the data on quality collected in this way to compare with existing process data. This comparison helps to prevent possible production flaws in the electronic quality process, with support from an electronic quality inspection. For this purpose, touchscreen clients are used that work like tablets and provide the employees with the collated data in direct and indirect areas. This means that all of the departments involved in the production process are connected and can work with the latest data.

Audi places great importance on the ergonomic design of workplaces. For example, height‑adjustable platforms in the new paint shop allow an optimal working environment. Handling devices such as lifting aids for the car hood and tailgate assist the employees in the working process. Another new feature is the worker conveyor belt, which carries the employees when they are working directly on the car bodies. Instead of using stationary tool stations, items such as polishing machines and paste are always within reach in the trolley carried next to them.

Note: Photos from the event will be available at 5 p.m. at www.audi-mediacenter.com/en

Audi Sport TT Cup celebrates premiere at the Hungaroring

The 2016 Audi Sport TT Cup is on the finish straight. On the penultimate race weekend of the season, Joonas Lappalainen may claim the new champion’s title early. Following his two victories at the Nürburgring, the 18-year-old Finn has 197 points, giving him a 17-point advantage over the runner-up, Dennis Marschall (D/180). Nicklas Nielsen (DK) and Sheldon van der Linde (ZA), with 166 and 163 points respectively, still have realistic chances of succeeding Jan Kisiel as well. The Pole crowned himself in the Audi Sport TT Cup last year.

Project Leader Philipp Mondelaers looks forward to the premiere in Hungary: “This race weekend is a very special one for us. After Zandvoort, Budapest is our second foreign visit this season. The Hungaroring is a very challenging track which our young talents don’t know yet. The battle in the overall classification is extremely thrilling and I look forward to two tremendous races with a large crowd in the open-air grandstands, especially as our plant in Győr, where the Audi TT is produced, is just barely a two hour’s drive away.”

In the guest entrants’ classification, two stars from motorcycle racing will be pitted against each other at the Hungaroring. Chaz Davies (GB) and Xavi Forés (E) are currently riding the Ducati 1199 Panigale R in the Superbike World Championship. Davies became Supersport World Champion in 2011 and subsequently switched to the WorldSBK. There the 29-year-old Welshman has celebrated 13 victories to date and is currently ranking in third place. 30-year-old Forés was European Superstock 1000 Champion in 2013 and winner of the 2014 IDM Superbike Championship. “In the past, a number of motorcycle racers proved that they’re fast on four wheels as well,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “I’m sure they’re going to deliver a fantastic show and fight a fair battle against our permanent entrants.”

The race weekend at the Hungaroring will start with free practice at 14:35 on Friday, September 23. Qualifying will start at 11:30 on Saturday, followed by the first 30-minute race at 16:20. On Sunday, at 11:45, round two across the same distance will conclude the weekend.

Both races will be broadcast by live streaming at www.audimedia.tv on the web and via the “Audi Media TV” SmartTV-App. This allows viewers around the globe to watch the Audi Sport TT Cup live on television via Samsung, LG, Amazon Fire and Android TV. SPORT1 will provide live coverage of round one on Saturday starting at 16:00 (CEST) on free-to-air TV. Delayed coverage of race two will begin on Sunday at 16:00.

While the title race in the 2016 Audi Sport TT Cup is entering the crucial stage the talent search for the next season has already begun. The application form for the 2017 Audi one-make cup is available online: www.audi-motorsport.com/de/en/tt-cup.html