- New iPad app delivers 198mph Bentley Continental GT experience
- Audi boss Stadler main speaker at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
- Audi providing 27,000 square meters for photovoltaic power plant
- FIA GT3: Prospeed Competition and Belgian Audi Club appeal race result exclusions
Posted: 11 Oct 2010 08:00 AM PDT
Bentley’s just-launched 2011 Continental GT is proving to be one of the big talking points at this year’s Paris Motor Show. But now iPad owners can get their own private VIP tickets (without having to leave the home or office) and a first glimpse of this distinctively styled, high performance British GT courtesy of a new free iPad app.
The Continental GT’s sharp, muscular and contemporary styling is captured by this bespoke iPad app with both portrait and landscape images formatted to optimum screen resolutions.
An extensive and exclusive selection of ‘on location’ photography, as well as a range of zoomable super-high quality studio shots, bring the car’s dramatic styling lines to life for iPad users. The images are downloadable (or can be shared with friends) with just one simple click.
A unique range of Continental GT driving footage and behind-the-scenes multimedia movies from Bentley’s styling studios, test track and special ‘insider’ views from the factory floor are also being offered.
But it’s not just the new Continental GT that’s on show. There’s also the opportunity to take a closer look at the Mulsanne, Bentley’s new luxury flagship, as well as catching a flying glimpse of the company’s extreme 204mph (329km/h) supercar – the Continental Supersports.
In addition, users can take a longer and more leisurely drive through the Bentley story. The app will guide you through the company’s long and victorious association with racing at Le Mans, offer a detailed introduction to the unique skills of the craftsmen and women who fashion cars like the Mulsanne as well as the vast array of classic monochrome images from the past.
Posted: 11 Oct 2010 07:39 AM PDT
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has invited Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, to give a keynote speech at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the leading trade fair for consumer electronics, in Las Vegas on January 6. After the Audi keynote, trade fair visitors can also experience the brand with the four rings at a stand in the Electric Vehicle Techzone.
“Audi is setting standards in the areas of electric mobility, connectivity and infotainment,” says Rupert Stadler. “I am pleased to have been invited to Las Vegas and to have the opportunity to present the holistic approach and the expertise of our company to those visiting the show.”
Audi is the first premium manufacturer worldwide to be represented at the CES with a keynote speech and an exhibition stand. The organizers are expecting more than 2,500 exhibitors from all over the world to be present at the exhibition starting the beginning of 2011. Find out more about the 2011 International CES at www.CESWEB.org.
Posted: 11 Oct 2010 06:42 AM PDT
Keeping it clean: A photovoltaic system comprising 10,700 modules installed on the roofs of the parking garages at the Audi facility in Neckarsulm began producing electricity from sunlight. AUDI AG has made the space available to Munich-based Gehrlicher Solar AG, which operates the system.
“We always focus on resource conservation during the production of our cars. Making the roofs of our parking garages available to Gehrlicher Solar AG so that energy can be generated from sunlight fits into this concept,” explains Albrecht Reimold, the Neckarsulm Plant Manager. Audi is also using photovoltaics to generate electricity at its headquarters in Ingolstadt. An 11,600 square meter system has been in operation there since early 2010.
“Renewable energies are becoming an increasingly important part of the energy mix. In urban areas, it is rooftops in particular that harbor great potential for solar energy,” says Klaus Gehrlicher, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gehrlicher Solar AG. “We are therefore very grateful to AUDI AG for making the roofs of several of its parking garages available for photovoltaic systems.”
The electricity flows into the public grid of the utility EnBW AG. “We can produce more than 1,900 megawatt hours of electrical energy each year in this way. This corresponds to the electrical consumption of 418 four-person households,” explains Bernd Martin, Head of Audi Environmental Protection at the site.
The Audi plant has taken a wide range of measures to protect the environment. Martin explains how in the paint shop, for example, a closed water circuit with sophisticated water treatment means that “we haven’t changed the water since 1995.” A circuit in the leak-tightness testing booth, which every Audi passes through, also saves large amounts of wastewater. Heating circuits in the air handling units of the office buildings also reduce energy consumption.
The engine test center, where engines undergo thorough testing, also meets exacting environmental standards. “Asynchronous machines are used to brake the engines during testing and thus generate energy in a similar way to a bicycle generator,” says Martin. Audi then feeds the electricity into its internal power grid. Another water circuit is used here to cool the engines and to climatize the building.
Audi’s efforts do not stop at the factory gates, however. The Company has established an environmental foundation and endowed it with five million euros to support non-profit projects. Last year, for example, trainees built nesting boxes and mounted them on trees in the forest adjacent to the site. “Through this action we created new nesting places for the endangered Bechstein’s Bat,” says Martin.
- Audi AG
Posted: 11 Oct 2010 06:10 AM PDT
A race win for Paul van Splunteren and Marco Holzer in the final round of the 2010 FIA GT3 European Championship seemed to have secured the Team Championship for Prospeed Competition and confirmed the two drivers as 2010 FIA GT3 European Vice Champions but post race checks found that the rear disks of the Porsche were over the homologated weight and were excluded from the results. However Prospeed Competition have appealed this decision and the results stand until this appeal has been heard. Second place in the race went to the Hexis AMR Aston Martin DBRS9 of Frederic Makowiecki and Manuel Rodrigues, the first podium of the season for the 2009 Team Champions. The Belgian Audi Club Audi R8 of Enzo Ide and Greg Franchi clinched the final podium position in what was only the seventh competitive car race for Ide but the Audi also failed post race technical checks and was also excluded from the result but the team have also lodged an appeal and so will remain in 3rd place until the appeal has been heard.
RACE REPORT: At the start Marco Holzer in the Prospeed Porsche got up alongside Maxime Martin in the Marc VDS Ford GT in 2nd place at the first corner but Martin held his position and in turn attacked race leader Frederic Makowiecki through Turn 3 but as the cars headed down towards Turn 5 the status quo returned at the front of the field. Round 11 winner Edward Sandstrom was starting the race from the back of the grid and made up six places on the opening lap.
Makowiecki started to open a gap to Martin in the Ford and by lap 5 this stood at 2.1 seconds, with Holzer holding third place further down the track ahead of Christoffer Nygaard in the Fischer Racing Ford GT. While the leaders held station there was a big battle for the minor points finishing places with Claudia Huertgen, Gregory Guilvert and Raymond Narac nose to tail through Turns 5 and 6 for 9th place. Sandstrom continued to make progress up the field in the Schubert Motorsport BMW and was 13th as the pit window opened.
After the pitstops the Marc VDS Ford GT, now with Gael Lesoudier at the wheel, was ahead of the Hexis AMR Aston Martin of Manuel Rodrigues and Lesoudier started to pull away and by lap 25 was 7 seconds ahead. Rodrigues had the Porsche of Paul van Splunteren coming up behind, closing the gap by a large margin on each lap. At the front Lesoudier looked set to secure the first win of the season for Marc VDS but the nr22 United Autosports Audi R8 tried to unlap itself at Turn 1 on lap 27. The Audi put its nose into the corner from a long way back and Lesoudier turned in and there was contact, the Ford GT spinning off into the gravel trap at Turn 1. Lesoudier eventually recovered the car to the pits but only to retire.
Rodrigues found himself at the front of the field but was demoted to second on lap 29 when van Splunteren went past at Turn 12 to take the lead of the race. Christian Hohenadel was running in 3rd place in the Callaway Corvette and looked set to be able to secure the team title for Callaway but on lap 30 the Corvette slowed and the German driver headed to the pits with a blown brake disk putting Mikko Eskelinen in a podium position in the Fischer Ford for a short while until he was passed by the Belgian Audi Club Audi of Enzo Ide on lap 31. Eskelinen lost a further place to the Prospeed Porsche of Petri Lappalainen, who in turn came under pressure from Csaba Walter in the nr77 Schubert BMW.
On the penultimate lap the Ide’s Audi was clearly struggling with rear tyres but the young Belgian driver wasn’t going to give up his podium place without a fight and he held off several challenges from Lappalainen. The Finn then fell into the grips of Walter’s BMW and on the last lap the Hungarian driver moved up to 4th place.
At the chequered flag Paul van Splunteren crossed the line to record the second win of the season and the Team Title for Prospeed Competition as well as the Porsche Manufacturers Cup and the Vice Champions position in the Driver’s Championship for himself and Marco Holzer. However the result remains provisional pending the outstanding appeals.
- FIA GT3
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