we have all been waiting for the Audi A1 it leaves nothing to be desired compact, quattro, and sexy…. O.K. it might lack storage space. Here it is in Barcelona during a shoot getting ready for the unveiling at the Geneva Auto-show, I can’t wait!
We love this fantastic picture! Perhaps that is because we can relate to what this looks like on a pretty much weekly basis here in the Pacific Northwest – but we have to say that if we had these cars waiting outside our door for us, we would brave the rain too and be taking them for a spin!! Anyone else have any rainy day Audi pictures they would care to share?? Have a great day – and enjoy the lack of rain we are having!!
Good Morning Everyone! Since there is a considerable amount of rain here this morning
in lovely Portland, OR, we thought we’d share this pic of this bad ass Audi R8 GT roaming the countryside somewhere in Europe. We have a hunch this machine is getting ready to tear up the road somewhere, and we are pretty fine with that. In fact, we can’t think of a better way to spend a day in an R8, unless of course, we were the ones behind the wheel. Enjoy your day!
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If you are a car enthusiast and you like to keep up on the newest products then you know that Car And Driver Magazine is a great resource. Now something I have always admired about Car And Driver Magazine is their ability to stay objective to the task at hand without bias to any one product. So often when reading one magazine, over time you will find that the author will pick a make or model and praise without justification. With Car And Driver you get, not only straight fact represented by hard numbers, but also opinion from the first hand. This particular article I found to be compelling not only for the obvious (the Q5 is #1) but also the details about the other makes and how they compare. Take the time to visit the Car And Driver website and subscribe to the magazine, or subscribe for the car enthusiast in the household, they will love it. Feel free to visit the source of this great Comparison article and spend some time on the site, it will be well worth your time. As always thank you for keeping up with my site and I think you for visiting!
HRE Monoblock Forged Wheel
Sunset Imports is now a distributer of HRE Wheels. If you are in the market for a new Audi and plan to have it accessorized and a new set of wheels are in that plan, you have to look at HRE. HRE has been dedicated to style and quality since they started and they will never compromise that.
HRE Centercap Emblem
Not only is HRE one of the best looking wheels on the market, they are build very well and are made to last. HRE has a wheel for every application, whether you are looking for a wheel for your daily driver or something more specific for a performance application, they have you covered. www.hrewheels.com has specific information on each wheel and pictures of all styles. If you have more detailed questions, call Sunset Imports parts.
Well, for anyone who doesn’t already know, I Am Audi is heading to Shanghai first thing this morning! We are off to visit Kansas’s brother and see the world through his eyes, which will inevitably be an amazing trip!! We can’t wait to show everyone our pictures and capture some Audi’s from that side of the world, but mostly we can’t wait for the food! Hope everyone has a great two weeks – we will be updating the site when we can. Enjoy!
An amazing day – the Audi Sportscar Experience hits the road! Audi has Forums set up all over the world that are designed to cater to people in the mood for some excitement. My wife Kansas and I were lucky enough to have done the Sportscar Experience and it was incredible (a full write up is coming soon!) From these pictures it looks like the Audi Sportscar Experience has become mobile – so keep your eyes open, it might just stop in your city!
Audi has always supported its ABS (Audi Brand Specialists) with all the necessary tools to ensure we both promote and sell our product in the best fashion. I use the term “best fashion,” very humbly. Bottom line, Audi knows right now that they are a strong brand that’s growing even stronger, and all the publications seem agree. I came into the office and on my desk was an article put out by Motor Trend Magazine that had the crossovers, the newest trend of vehicle coming into the market, and the Audi Q5 was praised over all others. This article is worth reading if you are interested in an ‘Import High Group Crossover’ and in the market for a new vehicle. Thanks again everyone, and if you have had the opportunity to drive any of these vehicles and would like to share your impressions, feel free to leave a comment for everyone to read.
* Annual event tests the world’s best Audi service and technical experts
* Some 3,000 Audi teams participated this year with 61 teams in finals
* Categories include skilled diagnosis of an Audi A8 and the mechanical repairs
Neckarsulm/Ingolstadt, Germany – Audi of America took 1st place in the
international 2009 Audi Twin Cup Challenge, an annual event designed to
rigorously test service and technical experts on their know-how of Audi
vehicles and customer care.
Recently I was lucky enough to find myself in beautiful Sonoma, California at the new Audi Forum located at the Infineon Raceway. While there for Audi Product training, I was introduced to one of the most stunning examples of Audi engineering, the RS4. At first glance the RS4 appeared to be only a more refined version of the A4 with huge fender flares, eloquently placed RS4 badging and enormous brakes all the way around.
As I studied the RS4 in more detail it became very clear this was no ordinary four-door sedan. With its race inspired engine technology taken from the Lemans Champion R8, it produces a gripping 420 horse power to all four wheels. I knew there was only one way to see what this vehicle was made of.
After putting my helmet on, I opened the door and sat inside. Situating myself into the proper seating position, I felt the interior wrap around me. With the Recaro leather seats at my back and switchblade Audi key in my hand I was definitely ready.
I placed my foot on the aluminum clutch pedal and felt the resistance, knowing this clutch was there to hold up to some serious power. With the key in the ignition I turned my wrist and then it happened, the beautiful sound of eight cylinders dancing to the rhythmic deep tone of the dual exhaust underneath my seat. The smile on my face was ear to ear and I was off down the first stretch of the Infinion Race Track. Not knowing what to expect, I took the first swooping uphill left turn with caution. This car was taking a corner at 55 miles an hour without any body roll or tire noise and I knew at that moment the RS4 would be the one in control.
Racing into the second corner at great pace, I hit the brakes and did they ever work! This corner was considerably steeper but the RS4 offered no hesitation. With no down shifting the vehicle was almost stopped before coming into the turn from speeds of over 65 miles per hour in what felt like no distance at all. By this time I was into the fifth right hand corner, only now was I getting a true feeling for what a monster the RS4 was and why Audi had put such detail into things like the ceramic coated engine manifold, carbon fiber interior trim, aluminum hood, fenders and the trunk bonnet. The RS4 was meant to be driven.
I pushed through this very steep right hand corner with the Quattro drive train harnessing the brute power from the engine. I knew I was in good hands and felt in complete control knowing I could do this in the dry, wet or even a snow covered track (with appropriate winter tires mounted, of course). Continuing on with great confidence my speeds increased and my skill behind the wheel of the RS4 did as well. As our first dance around the beautiful course came to an end I was not fatigued at all and neither was the RS4, as a matter of fact it was just getting warmed up.
know now, after proper introduction the first time I had approached the RS4 I was in great disillusion of what power it truly possessed. To come to grips with the RS4’s true potential, time has to be spent behind the wheel and a relationship has to built with the machine.
As for me, there will be the many endless laps spent and a great bond built with the RS4 throughout the rolling hills of Infineon Raceway and beyond.
I took these photographs to capture what will be the last of a brand new B7 RS4. I will continue to showcase original content in order to be your top source for Portland Oregon Audi.
The Audi S5 is understated and pours over with elegance and strength with its strong lines and aggressive stance. Even with such a subtle presence on the street, when stepping into the S5 you are overtaken with emotion when positioning yourself in the Silk Napa bulstored sport seats. More so with this particular S5, the beautiful Meteor Gray accompanied by the intense Magma Red interior, reminds its driver of its true purpose of ultimate performance. There is no doubt that everyone has an opinion and no one color scheme will work for every single person, however no matter who you are, Magma Red will envoke feeling. Neutral colors can never disappoint, but then again, they can never tell a story of what the car is trying to say; this S5 will never be underspoken or misunderstood.
I took these photographs in order to provide the best example of the 2009 Audi S5. I will continue to showcase original content in order to be your top source for Portland Oregon Audi.
Should I get a sedan or should I get a wagon? This is a question most people ask themselves when choosing a new vehicle and often the “fun factor” comes into play. People often find themselves thinking the wagon is not sporty or fun but with the Audi A4 Avant this is simply not true. When choosing to add the Sport Package to any A4, whether it is the sedan or the versatile Avant you won’t be disappointed.
When people look at a new model vehicle, one of the first things they notice is the style of the wheel it has. So often people change the wheel in thier head before they have ever driven the vehicle, because they don’t like the style. This is not the case in the instance of the 2009 Prestige trim level Audi A4 largely due to the beautiful style of this new wheel. The wheel is a 5 spoke, 18 inch wrapped in a 245/40 R18 all season tire that really fills the wheel gap, giving the A4 quite an aggressive stance. If the Factory Audi wheel looks this nice I can’t wait to see what the after market world will have to offer!
The 2009 Audi A6 wil have an enhanced design to compliment its performance from the 3.2L V6, 4.2L V8 or the brand new for 2009 Supercharged 3.0L V6. Each of these engine configurations has its own personality but all share efficiency and performance. With 3rd generation MMI (Multi Media Interface) you will enjoy the ease of the A6’s controls and user interface of stereo, compact disk, iPod, Sirius satelite radio and blue tooth. No matter if you get the sedan or avant the A6 will provide saftey and a great overall driving experience.
Win on Sunday, sell on Monday is a mantra that used to carry a lot more weight than it does these days. For the top sports/luxury carmakers, however, there’s still value to be had in motorsport recognition, however, and Audi is carrying forward its Audi R8 LMS GT3 program for 2010.
The new car gets a range of upgrades to boost service life and make it easier to maintain–key aspects for a racing vehicle–including a revised chassis and suspension, more cooling capacity, more robust electronics, a new six-speed transmission, and an optimized exhaust system. The 2009 version of the car saw duty all over Europe last year, and the 2010 car is already scheduled for a pair of 24-hour races at the Nurburgring and Spa-Francorchamps.
Teams that already own the 2009-spec R8 LMS GT3 won’t be left out in the cold, however–an upgrade kit will be made available. The improvements made over the past year were part of what Audi calls an “evolution project” for the car.
“All the experience we gathered last season with the help of our partners has been fed into the evolution-version. We’re convinced that we’re handing over a reliable and easy to handle vehicle to our customers that embodies the high quality standards of the Audi brand,” said Audi’s motorsport chief Dr. Wolfgan Ullrich.
Unfortunately, the 20-car production run for 2010 is already sold out, so if you’re looking to campaign a privateer R8 LMS GT3, you’ll have to get on the list for 2011.
Source: Motor Authority
Audi is moving towards a new slogan in North America; “Bravery Wins” and away from the previous tagline “Advancements Through Technology” and as they say, change is good. The ultimate goal for Audi from what we can see is to get away from having a tagline at all and simply be branded by the four rings… much like Apple has done with their marketing. Scott Keogh, the President of Audi & Mark Del Rosso, can be commended for this change. Ultimately their fresh vision and forward thinking will lead Audi into an even brighter future.
We have to say that we find the new slogan to be quite catchy, and all things considered, we agree bravery wins, but can it be taught?
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We’ve said it before and we will say it again – pretty much nothing goes better than girls and cars. Here is just some more proof of that fact for your Friday afternoon!! A somewhat behind the scenes look at some racy Girls with some racy cars. Of course, perhaps nothing makes this better than the fact it is an Audi R8 in the background – but that certainly doesn’t take away from the hotness of everything else. Baring most everything, this guy has great taste – we know you’ll agree. Have a great weekend and enjoy!
From the Wall Street Journal : “There are so many things to like about the Audi A7 design. It’s handsomely proportioned, with a short front overhang, steeply raked windshield and an arrogantly low roofline that lands in that warp-speed fastback. The blacked-out roof pillars exaggerate the malevolent orientalism of the DLO, the daylight opening. The big, seven-strake grille just kills, obviously. And—this is a technical but important point—the cutlines around the hood, doors, trunk, front and rear bumper clips and rear-deck spoiler all connect with a crease or synch up with some datum to accentuate the larger piece of sculpture. So, yes, this is a mighty smart piece of industrial design. But the end-days delirium around this car is all about the streamlining, which rings big, magnificent bells in the American unconscious.” For the entire article Click Here! and read on.
In case you cant read the small font here is a link to Audi World, a great place to mingle with other Audi enthusiasts. Car and Driver magazine is one of the best resources for true stats, no frills just the truth. If you don’t have a subscription I suggest you check this publication out and consider it for your go to magazine for the facts.
Yesterday I was looking at some car magazines and I saw some of the Volkswagen enthusiasts were getting pretty serious about Air Ride suspension. The article was on how to install Air Ride and it seemed pretty straight forward. It said the product was great and the car handled really well. So of course this sent me on a search where I found this video of the new Audi A1 with Air Ride. Europe gets all the cool stuff and it even looks like this is an official Audi backed event. Well Audi USA, take note; there is a demand for aftermarket support and this video is proof people still love modifying their cars.
‘Picture us rollin!??’- yes we will! Right on down the road and into our secured under ground parking. We love that a picture can take you away and out of the office and really anywhere you like, without ever having to do anything of the sort, since time or job requirements may not always allow. But one thing we can always count on is the ability to daydream – and that we do. We have day-dreamt ourselves, right out of the office and right into this amazing piece of Audi machinery and far, far away from our daily tasks. We dare you to do the same. Enjoy your Friday!! #WantAnR8
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If you want to make your car look more aggressive infact just plain mean paint it Matte Black and be done, but you better be able to back it up. No matter what make or model of car it is someone has probably painted it flat black; this Audi RS4 Avant happens to look so good in this color. Not just any car can pull it off but this “grocery getter” does it very well, the only color I might like more is matte pearl white but it really depends on the application. One thing is for sure is that this style is not for everyone, people either love or hate it.
“The wait is over” Audi Wilsonville is now open!!! The Tonkin’s long time vision to have an Audi dealer in the Portland area has come and the doors are now open to the public. Brad Tonkin, an avid Audi fan and Jason Jellison, the new Audi Wilsonville General Manager, have been waiting for this day to arrive for the past two years. I myself am very excited for this opportunity; a state of the art, terminal style Audi facility, open floor plan, nine-car show room and an Audi Service facility that is second to none – what more could you ask for? There is no doubt that this will be a very successful dealership and I am certain the customer experience here, whether with sales, service or otherwise, will be outstanding. We have a great team and with all the enthusiasm and intensity of months of waiting for the go ahead – we are ready to show Portland all that we are made of. We look forward to seeing you soon – The doors are officially open!
I love this car! So despite my previous bite on Justin Timberlake being a sore spot for me in representing the Audi Brand – I can’t help but post this second part of the six part series that is going into Justin Timberlake’s new movie! I have to admit, it is pretty cool to see one of these new mini – movies being released every week. But of course, the down side to that is that this car will not be released into the US, so it is all about the looking – unless it is going to be all about the moving to Europe, and I really don’t think that is in the cards!
For more information check out: The Audi A1 Microsite
I can’t believe how lucky I am to have such good friends. Last year my wife I went to the Audi Sportscar Experience and we met a great guy who just loved his V8 R8 and was waiting for his new V10 R8. Of course we kept in contact and when he told me he had decided on Velvet Purple, an Audi Exclusive I got excited. Here we are and the Velvet Purple Exclusive R8 V10 has arrived and I have a comparison article between his previous V8 R8 and the new V10… Enjoy!
A comparison of a 2008 R8 V8 (6MT) vs. a 2010 R8 V10 (R-Tronic)
I entered the R8 fold back in February of 2008 when I was fortunate enough to find a Phantom Black manual transmission R8. I had just spent a day at Infineon Raceway at a intro to the Audi Sportscar Experience. It was my very first track experience and was totally bitten by the bug.
From there, I attended several more sessions at Infineon Infineon all driving the V8 version. The V8 was certainly what you would call a “hero car.” The car seemed so well balanced that it made you a better driver. About the only complaint I had (and complaint is a strong word here) is that it felt like it needed a little more power in certain situations – like exiting some corners where you have a longer straight ahead. Part of this problem went away when we were given the chance to drive the cars with the first level of traction contro (ASR) turned off. Suddenly the car could get a little sideways, and the throttle wouldn’t cut back as much when the car thought you were out of control. The electronics would still make sure you don’t get totally in trouble, but it really seemed to open up the car.
Fast forward 2 years and now the V10 version is out. When I first learned this version was coming, I really didn’t think I would be interested. The V8 has more than enough power for an around-town car, and for the occasional track use, still perfectly adequate. And without too many other changes, I was hoping I wouldn’t have to have the new version. No such luck.
Back to Infineon we went, as the new V10 fleet had just arrived. Immediately the car sounded quite different. Much more formula-car sound compared to the deeper rumble of the V8. Our day started with an exercise “anatomy of a curve.” Now I had done this exercise a multiple of times in the V8, so I figured I knew what I was doing. The initial acceleration of the V10 was instantly noticeably more than the V8 and upon accelerating out of the apex, I nearly spun the car out as the power is significantly more than what I was used to in the V8. Wow, what a difference. It became very apparent that the V10 is a completely different setup than the V8 – in a very good way. Went home, called the dealer – time to order a new car!
So, the power is a major difference as well as the suspension/electronics. I am convinced that the level of electronic intrusiveness in the V10 is less than in the V8. When driving with the full electronics on in the V10 it seems to give the freedom that the V8 did with the first level turned off. Now this makes the V10 a car you need to give a little more respect to as it can get away from you. Take the electronics off and you need to give it even more respect. In day-day driving, it still retains all the civility that the V8 did. It’s still a comfortable car to drive around town, on a long drive, or on the track.
As far as the transmission goes, there has obviously been much debate on the R-tronic vs. the manual. Many have their own personal preferences and both transmissions are great. I will say that the 2010 V10 R-tronic is MUCH smoother than the early versions of the R-tronics I drove in the V8’s. For me, I am absolutely happy having gone to the R-tronic for my V10. It gives me the option for being lazy when driving in traffic and the quick shifting options for track or spirited driving.
All in all, the V10 is a great enhancement to an already incredible car. Both engine versions are a blast to own and drive.
Well since we are on the subject of Audi Diesel, I supose it is a great time to introduce everyone to my next project – Audiesel . Audiesel will be a place for the Audi Diesel TDI® owners and enthusiasts to grow and share their passion for the product. So here you are, a video on my future vision of Audi in the United States with full diesel intelligently combined with our lifestyle. If you own, or plan on getting a Audi Diesel product, please leave a comment so we can share our excitement.
Hello everyone! Could it be throw back Friday?! Yes, it could be with this old school Audi beauty – but really, it’s Friday, so it can be anything we want! That’s what we are going to go with today, and speaking of anything we want – we need some weekend ideas for this one. Preferably Audi and dog friendly ideas, but we are currently accepting any ideas out there so start sharing! We hope you’ve all had a good and full week and are ready for some down time. We know we are. Enjoy:)
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Audi does it again! We go to races to win and we do. Audi is an automotive manufacturer that goes beyond the standard to raise the level of were the industry should be. We win races because of our advanced technology and superior engineering; we pass that technology on to our production vehicles. No one can question Audi’s pursuit for perfection or the inability to be satisfied no matter how great it is, one thing is for certain we love competition. Audi loves competition because they love the challenge and they love raising the bar. Enjoy this 2009 DTM race video, it was a great season for Audi and next year we will do it again.
I am amazed that two years has passed since the initial launching of I Am Audi. The idea was simple really, a resource for enthusiasts of the Audi brand to come together, and those who would not quite classify themselves as enthusiasts, become passionate about all things Audi. Now with the launching of our second version – I Am Audi has grown beyond my wildest dreams.
The Latin translation of the word Audi means to listen. I Am Audi translated means, I Am Listening, and that has basically been the whole premise behind this site. Over my many years working in the automotive industry I have realized the importance of building and maintaining relationships with people and that a fundamental part of those relationship is communication. The automotive world really isn’t big on communication and with this site it was my vision to start bridging that gap. The initial focus was a place where people could engage in conversation with a real person without the pressures of outside influences. The site was a way for me to share the things I saw everyday going on with Audi and get feedback from people around the country and around the world.
Now with our second version, there are many new functions on the site. From Audi technical to Audi regional and even classifieds, we now have a fully intergraded forums section where you can start your own conversation and ask questions. I don’t ever want anyone to be afraid to interact; I Am Audi is place where you can have communication without intimidation.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those involved with the I Am Audi Project. First, Brian and Caleb; you two love what you do with film and video as much as I love Audi and I am excited to put some more video together for IAA V2. Joeri, we have never met, but the moment we saw your design for the I Am Audi logo we knew this was going to be big. Your design work is beautiful. Last, but not least, my wife Kansas and Benjamin Diggles, who Kansas refers to as “My second wife.” Kansas has supported me from day one with everything I do and this site has been no exception; thank you Kansas. Benjamin, you built my vision from the ground up, hundreds of hours and never a doubt that this all some how made sense. You once told me “I don’t believe in cars, I believe in you Scott!” now I finally get what you meant. A world of thanks to you and your constant dedication to this site, this would not be possible without you. At the end of the day, no matter how much time I put into I Am Audi, it is safe to say, “My ambitions far outweighed my talent.” This site is a testament to the fact that with the right support no dream is too big.
* Audi celebrates 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans with a sweepstakes.
* Winner gets to drive an Audi R8 on Sonoma, California’s Infineon Raceway.
* Contest ends June 23.
SONOMA, California — Audi just gave its fans something to celebrate when its cars finished 1-2-3 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend. Another reason for Audi excitement is a sweepstakes that will let the winner take the Audi R8 out on the track at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.
The thoroughly modern take on the traditional sweepstakes asks entrants to participate by “tweeting” a message found on Audi’s dedicated Web site, Truth in 24 Sweepstakes. It’s possible to get as many as 24 additional entries into the sweepstakes by passing along “Le Mans photos, video and interesting facts” from the Web site to friends and contacts using Twitter . The winner will participate in the Audi Sportscar Experine , which is normally priced at $1,895 for a one-day program or $3,495 for two days. The contest ends on June 23, Inside Line says: Put your tweeps to good use.
Source: Inside Line
The Audi TT… what a car! You take the technology of its bigger sibling, the R8, and you put it all into a smaller package and you can have just as much fun with better fuel economy. The TT has an aluminum spaceframe body that increases body rigidity, brings the weight of the vehicle down and improves overall balance. When combing the 2.0T, 3.2L V6, or the high performance TTS Direct Inject engines with the new “S-Tronic” transmission or manual 6-speed you will have nothing but fun. I have always loved the feel and drive of the 6-speed manual, but after driving the 2009 Quattro 2.0T mated with the S-Tronic DSG, I was in love! Every vehicle has a personality of its own and every vehicle feels best with a certian drivetrain and tranny, but with the TT there is no wrong combination. The TT is an incredible value and an incredible vehicle to drive; so if you are looking for a unique sportscar, the TT is it. If you ever wondered what TT stood for it is “Tourist Trophy”. The TT was created as a tribute to the classic, Isle Of Man Tourist Trophy motorcycle racing event that is still held today.
Nothing like the sound of an Audi R8 giving it all it’s got!! Hard to believe that anything could sound better – but with this exhaust upgrade from STaSIS , it is taken to a whole new level. Enjoy and have a great Friday!!
In case you haven’t caught any recent developments on I Am Audi – Audi Wilsonville is now up and running like a well oiled machine! I had an opportunity last night to take a couple pictures after dark and it really looks as impressive at night as it does during the day! Has anyone else had a chance to take a look at the new store up close at night yet? If you have, you know what I am talking about and if you haven’t… well maybe you should come by and check it out! Day or night – there is no doubt it is fantastic! Have a great day and if you do happen to drive by, snap a shot as well – we’d love to see it!
While in Germany we spotted an Audi Q3 pre-production test car- what a great looking vehicle! The Audi Q5 has been a tremendous success in the United States, much like the Q7 and if that is any indication, the Q3, likes its bigger brothers, will be a show stopper. The Q3, though having small dimensions, really has a large presence with its beautiful design and lifted look – you really don’t expect that when you first see it. We couldn’t get any pictures of the front end or interior because it was parked, but hopefully we get an opportunity to drive it and review it properly before it is released – if so we will fill you in!
Video game maker Atari released a trailer featuring the Audi vehicles that are part of its coming Test Drive Unlimited 2 game set for release Feb. 8. Unlike traditional racing games that focus on sports cars, Test Drive lets players try out a wide range of vehicles from sedans and SUVs to exotic sports cars. For Audi the game is part of a broad effort to raise consumer awareness of the brand and bring a hip, youthful element to its image. The car maker says it works closely with game publishers “to ensure that the Audi cars come as close to reality as possible.” The company says it has more than a decade of experience in entertainment product placements and has well-established links with the gaming industry.
Audi cars are included in many games on numerous gaming platforms, including Forza Motorsport 3 , Gran Turismo 5, the EA Need for Speed Series, Atari Test Drive Unlimited, Gameloft Mobile Games “Asphalt” and “GT Racing”, and many more. The company says having a presence in games is important because “interactive entertainment significantly influences media use in consumer leisure time and the proportion of the population playing video games has reached very significant levels.”
Looks like Audi ‘s R15 Plus version of its TDI racer has won its debut race this weekend in France. Audi , clearly known for its stellar racing history, hopes to win back its lost title at Lemans this year and may just do it with this new R15. Driver Allan McNish took the lead in the opening lap at the 8 Heures du Castellet and ran the entire race with no problems. It stands to be a promising season for the team and may just be enough for Audi to fight its way back to the top! Check out some pics from the race as well as some of the other standings to see how the rest of the drivers stacked up, compliments of Eurotuner .
In preparation for its 2010 Le Mans assault, Audi took its new “R15 Plus” version of the R15 TDI endurance racer to the 8 Heures du Castellet in France this weekend.
The newly-developed diesel sports car ran the entire distance without problems. On the opening lap of the 8-hour race, Allan McNish overtook the Team Oreca Matmut Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, which had started from pole position in the hands of Frenchman Stéphane Sarrazin, and on the third lap he passed the Lola-Aston Martin of Stefan Mücke.
From then on, Allan McNish and teammate Dindo Capello did not relinquish the lead. At the chequered flag, after 266 laps, the two Audi drivers held a five-lap lead from the Lola-Aston Martin of defending champion Stefan Mücke, Harold Primat and Adrian Fernandez.
The Oreca team Peugeot finished fourth after succumbing to a technical problem during the opening stages of the race.
Audi’s only unscheduled pitstop was made just seven minutes before the end of the race, when Audi Sport Team Joest switched to rain tires for safety reasons.
Audi Sport Team Joest used the Le Mans Series 2010 season opener as preparation for the 24-hour race at Le Mans on 12/13 June. In the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, as well as Sunday morning’s warm-up, the team compared different set-up configurations before selecting a version, which allowed Dindo Capello and Allan McNish to record constantly fast laps in the relatively low temperatures.
The Audi R15 TDI was almost always the fastest car in the field throughout the eight hours and also set the fastest race lap.
Audi Sport Team Joest gained important knowledge for Le Mans during the victorious race at Le Castellet, which will now be evaluated by Audi Sport in Ingolstadt and will go into fine-tuning the R15 plus.
Next on the agenda is a 30-hour test and the Le Mans dress rehearsal at the 1000-kilomtere race at Spa-Francorchamps on 9 May, which Audi Sport Team Joest will enter three Audi R15 TDI, exactly like Le Mans
For the Aston Martin 009 LMP1, Le Castellet was the second successive podium for the Aston Martin Racing factory team this year. After a faultless eight-hour race, it once again proved the pace, reliability and durability of the cars. Drivers Adrian Fernández (MX), Stefan Mücke (DE) and Harold Primat (CH) drove competitively throughout the race with the production-based Aston Martin V12-powered LMP1. Completing 261 laps and 939 miles competitively in eight hours, chassis DBR1-2/2 performed immaculately.
Early in the race, Mücke was forced into the pits with a puncture, but held second place for the remaining six hours. 40 minutes before the checkered flag, another puncture brought Fernandez into the pits for a tire change, but the #009 had a good lead over third position.
Aston Martin Racing official partner, Team Signature Plus, finished in sixth place with its 008 LMP1 car, again with a faultless run in their debut race. The Vantage GT2 of JMW Motorsport did not finish, but showed exceptional qualifying and race pace for its first outing, boding well for their future program.
- 1. Capello/McNish (Audi R15 TDI) 266 laps in 8h 00m 36.415s
- 2. Primat/Mücke/Fernandez (Lola-Aston Martin) -5 laps
- 3. Belicchi/Boullion/Smith (Lola-Rebellion) -5 laps
- 4. Panis/Lapierre/Sarrazin (Peugeot) -8 laps
- 5. Ayari/Andre/Duval (Oreca-AIM) -8 laps
- 6. Ragues/Mailleux/Ickx (Lola-Aston Martin) -10 laps
- 7. Leventis/Watts/Kane (Acura/Honda) -16 laps
- 8. Moreau/Gulliaume/Hein (Pescarolo-Judd) -16 laps
- 9. Erdos/Newton/Wallace (Lola-Honda) -17 laps
- 10. Lahaye/Nicolet (Pescarolo-Judd) -17 laps