Audi Sport has a new home: the WEC and DTM racecars have been developed and built at the Competence Center Motorsport in Neuburg since October 2014. Audi Sport customer racing and the Audi driving experience are also based here.
Whoever visits Audi Sport in Neuburg immediately gets a first impression of Audi’s 30-year plus success story in motorsport. Pictures highlighting the history of Audi Sport adorn the foyer – and the names of every factory driver from 1981 to today.
Two of the hosts in Neuburg: Dr Wolfgang Ullrich (right in picture) has been the Head of Audi Sport since November 1993 and was one of the driving forces behind the relocation from the old supermarket in Ingolstadt to the modern competence center; Jörg Zander is the Head of Engineering at Audi Sport.
A big step: the new Audi Sport building is located directly alongside the Audi driving experience’s 2.2-kilometre long handing circuit. Audi Sport can use this track to shakedown its new racecars, the so-called ‘roll out’. Previously, Audi Sport had to load the racecars in transporters and take them to an airfield or to a testing ground. This time can now be used more effectively.
This area of the new Audi Sport building is known as the start-up room. The racecars are prepared here for short checks on the handling track. The room is similar to the pits at a race track – just more modern.
There is a huge trophy wall in the foyer – even so, it’s not big enough to hold every trophy won since 1981 ...
Perfect logistics simplifies the work for Audi Sport employees in Neuburg. Everything has its place in the state-of-the-art parts store. The mechanics find at lightning speed every part, no matter how small, required for building or repairing an Audi RS 5 DTM or Audi R18 e-tron quattro. The shelves are named after race tracks.
A look into the workshops of the DTM and LMP departments is taboo for outsiders. There is enough space here to work on several racecars at the same time. The test cars are built by Audi Sport, the racecars normally by the Audi Sport teams. Their employees also appreciate the optimum working conditions in the new competence center.
Text: Thomas Voigt
Photos: Thomas Urner