Effects of Audi’s entry into F1: goodbye LMDh, but the Dakar is still alive

Effects of Audi’s entry into F1: goodbye LMDh, but the Dakar is still alive

Audi’s entry into Formula 1 has an important side effect. The brand has canceled its LMDh programme, but maintains its commitment to the Dakar where victory is set as a target in the next edition with the innovative RS Q e-tron, which made its debut in January in the race. Of course, Audi will maintain its customer program in the various GT categories, including the DTM.

Audi’s original plan was to make a “clone” car of the Porsche LMDh, but with its own engine. Both had to use a Multimatic chassis, one of the four chassis manufacturers approved by the FIA. From now on, it will be Porsche who will have to pay for the chassis development program alone.

The reason may be simply economic. Although it is assumed that Porsche will also enter Formula 1 as a motorcyclist, the plans of the two Volkswagen Group brands are very different. Porsche would a priori enter as a Red Bull driver, while Audi is expected to be with its own team, buying Sauber, although the final form will not be announced until the end of the year.

The cancellation of the LMDh program came as no surprise. In fact, it was something that began to be suspected when he announced that his plan to return to Le Mans, the World Endurance Championship and IMSA with a car of this category was frozen until new order and there was something of a confirmation when WRT, Audi’s star team in the GT categories and which was to take over the program, left the mark with the four rings after years of successful loyalty to move to BMW, which is not only in GT but will land in the LMDh category.

Audi had also been involved in Formula E lately, which it also dropped for this recently ended season. Porsche, on the other hand, is sticking to the Formula E program.

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