Audi Sport customer racing is relying on a mix of experience and youth for its 2023 driver squad. In addition to established drivers, the brand also includes two former customer drivers in the driver squad, Simon Gachet and Max Hofer.


The 24-year-old Italian Mattia Drudi’s greatest success to date was winning the Campionato Italiano Gran Turismo Endurance in 2021. The talented youngster has also showed good performances in strategic endurance races. Last year, 22-year-old Luca Engstler, who previously won TCR touring car titles, managed to clinch a win both in the Nürburgring Langstrecken-Serie and the South African Endurance Series at the first attempt in his debut season in the Audi R8 LMS. The Swiss driver of the same age, Ricardo Feller, winner of the 2021 ADAC GT Masters in an Audi, has also been part of the Audi Sport customer racing driver squad since last year. He has made a name for himself as a particularly fast and reliable driver.

Christopher Haase from Germany is 35 years old and has been a permanent fixture for Audi for more than ten years. In addition to two championship titles, the Bavarian has already clinched four 24-hour overall victories for Audi: he was successful twice at the Nürburgring and once each at Spa and Dubai. His 46-year-old compatriot Pierre Kaffer has already driven sports prototypes, DTM race cars and GT3 models from Audi in his career. The winner of the 2019 Nürburgring 24 Hours who won a European title in the 24H Series last year together with Gentleman drivers is a teammate particularly appreciated by privateers. Gilles Magnus won the rookie classification in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup in 2020 and the Trophy classification for privateers in the following year. Since 2022, the 23-year-old Belgian has been part of Audi Sport customer racing’s driver line-up and, in addition to victories with the RS 3 LMS, has also raced the Audi R8 LMS. Dennis Marschall started his career in the Audi Sport TT Cup. Last year, the 26-year-old German was the best-placed Audi Sport driver in the demanding ADAC GT Masters.

At 33, Christopher Mies has already won five championship titles for Audi, spread across Germany, Europe and Australia. Three 24-hour overall victories – two at the Nürburgring and one in Dubai – underline the German’s versatility. Swiss Patric Niederhauser is 31 years old. After his title win in the 2019 ADAC GT Masters he has proven for Audi with a victory in the 2021 Indianapolis 8 Hour, second place in the Intercontinental GT Challenge and other good results that he is also one of the best GT3 drivers internationally. Frank Stippler not only lives near the Nürburgring, but is still a benchmark on this legendary circuit. As a two-time winner of the 24-hour race, he is still a sought-after and successful teammate on the Nordschleife at the age of 47, whether in the Nürburgring Langstrecken-Serie or the 24-hour race.

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Using a mixed reality headset in the car to see your real-world environment while keeping an eye on virtual vehicle info: Audi is developing the mobility experiences of tomorrow today – and is using synergies within the Volkswagen Group to do so. As the Group’s software company, CARIAD is working on a unified technology platform. Audi will integrate the CARIAD software into its models in the future, while also developing brand-specific digital features on its own. To this end, the brand with the four rings is bringing additional software expertise on board as the company shifts into the next gear of its workforce transformation: Audi is pushing ahead with transformation in future-related fields, accelerating the build-up with around 400 new IT jobs. In total, up to 2,000 new jobs are planned by 2025.


Audi Tradition is starting a new season marked by numerous anniversaries, first and foremost the 150th anniversary of the traditional NSU brand. For this special occasion, Audi Tradition is bringing classic NSU models from its historic vehicle collection for trips and events. An overview of the most important anniversaries of the year is provided in the booklet "Anniversary Dates 2023", which is now available for download from the Audi MediaCenter.


As the fourth model in the series, the Audi activesphere concept marks the culmination of sphere concept vehicles brought forth by the brand with the four rings. Following on from the Audi skysphere roadster in 2021, and both the Audi grandsphere sedan, and the Audi urbansphere space concept in April 2022, a four-door crossover coupé with an astonishingly versatile body design is now making its debut. Standing 4.98 meters long, the highly elegant car is more than a mere luxury-class sports car, with impressive ground clearance, and large 22-inch wheels announcing its off-road talent. The Sportback rear of the activesphere can turn into an open cargo bed (“active back”) at the touch of a button – perfect for carrying recreational equipment such as e-bikes or water and winter sports gear.

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Regarding production volumes, 2022 was a successful year for Audi Hungaria despite global challenges and uncertainties. In vehicle manufacturing, 171,134 cars, the highest number ever, rolled off the production lines (including cars for the Brazilian SKD production) (171,015 in 2021). The brand with the four rings manufactured a total of 1,677,545 powertrains during the year (1,620,767 in 2021). Of these powertrains, 108,097 were electric powertrains (96,976 in 2021). Audi Hungaria remains one of the largest employers in the country, with 11,957 employees at the end of 2022. In 2023, the company, celebrating its 30th anniversary, aims to reach new milestones.

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