It’s Official: Audi is Coming to Formula 1

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Right now, fans of the Four Rings still have more questions than answers — but Audi is headed to Formula 1.

Late last year, AudiWorld posted that Ingolstadt was poised to announce a Formula 1 program. Well, in the months since, things have been relatively quiet on the F1 front. But today, Volkswagen Chief Executive Herbert Diess made it official, telling Reuters that both Porsche and Audi are headed to the pinnacle of motorsport. Here’s some relevant bits from our friends at the international news agency:

Discussions by the board of directors about the two brands’ plans had created some divisions, said Diess at an event in Wolfsburg, where the German carmaker is headquartered.

Diess said on Monday that Porsche’s preparations for entering Formula One were a little more concrete than Audi’s.

Audi is ready to offer around 500 million euros ($556.3 million) for British luxury sports carmaker McLaren as a means to enter, a source told Reuters in March, while Porsche intends to establish a long-term partnership with racing team Red Bull starting in several years’ time.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall at the meeting where the “divisions” between the two brands were aired! That had to be one hell of a discussion, because the decision means that not only will Audi and Porsche be going up against the rest of the grid — they’ll be competing against each other in a multi-million dollar game of family feud. Why on earth that idea wasn’t nipped in the bud is anyone’s guess, but it does speak to fantastic visibility that running in the series provides.

At this point, we still have more questions than answers about what each of the Volkswagen Group’s teams will look like. And while there are sure to be more details trickling out in the coming months, forthcoming engine regulations mean we won’t see an Audi or Porsche-branded car on the grid until the 2026 season. Until then, fans will have to make due with watching what’s already been one of the most exciting seasons in ages.

Because after years of domination, Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes team have fallen off the pace. The seven-time world champion has struggled mightily this year, and is currently seventh in the points standings. In a shocking development, his teammate George Russel has be consistently upstaging the champion, and currently sits forth in the standings, behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc,  Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, and McLaren’s Lando Norris. The next race is set for this Sunday in Miami — on a new street course that’s sure to create drama. Stay tuned for more news on Audi’s entry into Formula 1!

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Porsche Taycan revealed as new Formula E safety car

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Gareth Herincx

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PORSCHE TAYCAN REVEALED AS NEW FORMULA E SAFETY CAR

Porsche’s first all-electric sports car is the new safety car in the innovative electric racing series, Formula E.

The vehicle will celebrate its racetrack debut at the opening round of the new season on January 28-29 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

Designed to be more than just the Formula E safety car, the striking Porsche Taycan Turbo S samples the liveries of all 11 teams competing in the championship, as well as the colours of the FIA and Formula E, while the number 22 acknowledges the performance of the 22 drivers contesting the series this season.

PORSCHE TAYCAN REVEALED AS NEW FORMULA E SAFETY CAR

“We’re proud that Formula E has entrusted a Porsche with this task – one that is important for the safety of its drivers,” says Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Porsche Motorsport.

“With the Taycan Turbo S as the official safety car, we’re making an important contribution to track safety and also underlining the importance of Formula E for Porsche Motorsport.”

The conversion of the Porsche Taycan Turbo S into a safety car required the installation of a roll cage and racing bucket seats with six-point seatbelts as well as wire harnesses for the safety car lighting and the Marelli Logger System. Flashing lights were integrated into the bumpers.

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Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who’s worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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Inter-family battle between Audi RS e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan goes intercontinental with Tesla, Germans best the hype machine.

For a long time, the luxury EV space belonged to one entity: Tesla. However, the old guard entered the castle in the late New ’10s, exposing the California ego machine’s flaws and cracks. Among them? The Volkswagen Group, home to Audi and Porsche. The result? The Taycan, and the new RS e-tron GT.

How would the Teutonic titans fare against the aging Hollywood star, though? Carwow‘s Mat Watson invited Yiannimize and Richard “RSymons RSEV” Symons to the runway for an intercontinental drag battle with an inter-family twist, featuring the RS e-tron GT, Taycan, and Model S Performance.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S

“Let me tell you about this Audi,” said Watson. “It has two electric motors, one in the front, one in the back, so it’s four-wheel drive. And combined, under launch control conditions, it puts out 646 horsepower, [612 lb-ft of torque]. It’s quite heavy because of all the batteries; weighs in at 2.3 tons. It’s quite expensive as well, starts from just under [$159,000].”

Meanwhile, the Taycan weighs the same, and shares the same motors and two-speed gearbox. Yet, it makes 687 horses and 627 lb-ft of torque, and is priced under $164,000 in the United Kingdom. Finally, the Tesla weighs the same, but its pair of motors deliver 778 horsepower and 840 lb-ft of torque. It costs less than either of the Teutonics, too, at less than $100,000. On paper, the Tesla wins. But that’s paper, not a wet runway.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S

“In the end, with a better launch, the Tesla won,” said Watson. “Just.”

It also took two tries for the Tesla to sweep the RS e-tron GT and Taycan. Before that, the Audi took the first two digs off the line, with the Taycan between a rock and a hard place. However, it would never be this good for Tesla again.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S

During the first rolling race from 50 mph, the Taycan beat the RS e-tron GT by a car, while the Tesla (in one-engine-mode) rolls to finish dead last. On the sporty settings, it looked like the Model S would win, only for its speed limiter (set to 155 mph) to kick in. The Audi would’ve tied the Porsche, but it, too, had a speed limiter (166 mph). Yet, the family beat the American overall.

Finally, on the stop from 70 mph, the Porsche’s special brakes won the day. Next was the Audi, then the Tesla.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S

“Mat, what I’ll say is Richard spoke a good game, give it the big talk, and then, just faded into the beyond,” said Yianni. “[Richard,] what happened to your supersonic Tesla? ‘I’ve got the fastest one, lalalalalalalala.’”

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aside from her contributions to Audi World, Aubernon can be found all through the IB Auto Group family, including 6 Speed Online, LS1Tech, and Team Speed. She also has her own independent automotive blog, Aubernon Highway.

Aubernon can be reached through her public Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. She is wary of those she doesn’t already know, though; thus, she may not respond to messages sent.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.