Audi set to leave Formula E and establish LMDh and Dakar programme

The famous Four Rings are returning to endurance racing with a new LMDh programme

Audi have revealed their intentions to make a return to Le Mans in 2023 with a LMDh programme.

The German marque announced today that they will be ending their Formula E entry after the 2021 season as they look to prepare an LMDh car for competition two years later.

After exiting the WEC in 2016, the Four Rings focused on the FE programme that has seen star driver Lucas Di Grassi win the 2016-17 title, before the team took their first and only constructors’ title a year later.

Photo: Audi

Photo: Audi

Julius Seeback, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH declared the most succesful brand in Le Mans history's intent to enter LMDh under the banner of decreased carbon-footprint racing.

“We have our customers’ wishes in mind as much as the company’s future strategy, which is clearly focused on electrification and carbon-neutral mobility.

“This is why we are intensively preparing to enter the new sports prototype category LMDh with its highlight races, the Daytona 24 Hours and Le Mans 24 Hours. The most important message for our fans is that motorsport will continue to play an important role at Audi.”

Photo: Audi

Photo: Audi

With sister company Porsche poised as another potential entry into the LMDh format, along with the upgrading of the current Acura/Honda/HPD DPi programme, it looks like the big brands are starting to come to the fore.

Additionally, Audi have placed emphasis on going racing at the infamous Dakar Rally, bringing an electric car to the world's most daunting off-road race.

The decision marks Audi's return to rally for the first time since the 1980s when the Four Rings found success in the Group B era.

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Comments (8)

  • Can't wait to see them back 😍

      1 month ago
  • Did not see that coming.

      1 month ago
  • Sounds like a forced decision, relations probably worsened with the ABT Team running their Formula-E programme. Though the Le Mans car won't be their own chassis, as far as I'm concerned the regulations require them to buy everything from suppliers, so this Le Mans team is definitely not to be confused with their former activity, it's more like a semi-factory entry.

      1 month ago
  • Love to see it. But the Dakar programme is the curveball for me. I get it, as it can sell SUVs, but this is a bit sudden from Audi, who I don't think ever competed at the Dakar Rally.

      1 month ago
  • Best news in this awful year

      1 month ago
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