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Audi to join F1 in 2016

Audi poised to ditch endurance racing and touring cars in favour of assault on F1 from 2016

The pre-war German domination of Formula One could soon be reborn, with Audi rumoured to be readying itself for a 2016 return to Grand Prix racing. Insiders at Audi and its parent, the Volkswagen Group, have revealed that Audi is set to abandon both Germany’s touring car championship (the DTM) and the iconic Le Mans 24 Hour race in favour of the world’s top open-wheel formula.

Insiders say it will combine its WEC and DTM budgets, plus a Red Bull sponsorship package to try to make its mark again on Grand Prix racing, an arena it hasn’t entered since the advent of the modern Formula One championship in 1950. Multiple sources have also confirmed that Audi will bow to internal Volkswagen Group pressure and leave the Le Mans and World Endurance Championship to its sister brand, Porsche.

It’s understood that Audi was close to entering F1 in 2013, and was the driving force behind the sport’s aborted plan to use four-cylinder turbocharged engines. At Audi’s urging, the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council proposed, in late in 2010, to turn F1 into a four-cylinder turbo formula. Audi backflipped on joining the sport, though, and the F1 Commission changed the engine formula to turbocharged V6. Insiders insist Audi and the Volkswagen Group have now been working on a 1.6-litre V6 turbo Formula One engine since early this year.

A successful return to the top level of motorsport by Audi could spark a head-to-head rivalry with Mercedes-Benz that has lain dormant since the beginning of WWII, with the final years before the war seeing the two state-sponsored car companies dominate racing and land-speed record runs across Europe.

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MMmm l wonder if it will be diesel powered.
 

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No. Not sure if this is the best move for Audi. F1 is focused on areas where Audi is weak at. V6 engines, RWD, Gasoline. I would have thought they would just become an engine supplier
Toyota will break the diesel winning Le Mans with a gasoline engine the first gasoline engine win in a decade in 2016. Bentley Speed 8 Brit party poopers in 2003. Audi have won a lot of Le Mans driven from the rear with a diesel lump fitted. Maybe a diesel Le Man LMP1 Porsche for 2016?

There is only one car at Le Man that l like, thats a sweet sounding Corvette.

Can't see Bernie letting diesels into Monaco, even if they are whispering quiet these days.
 

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Toyota will break the diesel winning Le Mans with a gasoline engine the first gasoline engine win in a decade in 2016. Bentley Speed 8 Brit party poopers in 2003. Audi have won a lot of Le Mans driven from the rear with a diesel lump fitted. Maybe a diesel Le Man LMP1 Porsche for 2016?

There is only one car at Le Man that l like, thats a sweet sounding Corvette.

Can't see Bernie letting diesels into Monaco, even if they are whispering quiet these days.
Please add punctuation.
 

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I don't blame Audi. There's nothing left for them to do in the series they have competed in; they've dominated them.

On to the highest level of racing today. I'm not surprised considering MB's return.

LMP just opened up a bit. Cadillac, please step up.
 
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