- Under one roof: Audi driving experience centre, Motorsport Competence Centre, Audi Sport customer racing and functions of Technical Development
- Site is located 20 km west of the company’s main site at Ingolstadt
- Prof. Dr. Hackenberg: “This is where we develop and build our high-performance racing cars”
Ingolstadt/Neuburg an der Donau, August 30, 2014 – AUDI AG has officially opened the high-tech Audi Neuburg complex after a construction period of just two years.
The 47-hectare site was opened by Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board of Management Member for Technical Development of AUDI AG, and Peter Mosch, Chairman of the General Works Council of AUDI AG.
Under one roof, the complex accommodates the Motorsport Competence Centre with Audi Sport customer racing, the Audi driving experience centre and functions of the Technical Development division. Audi has invested significantly in the new site, which is approximately 20 kilometres west of the company’s main site in Ingolstadt, and provides employment for a total of 460 people.
More than half of Audi’s investment by the year 2018 will flow into its sites in Germany, with more than a billion euros each year to be invested in Ingolstadt.
“We appreciate Bavaria’s exceptionally investor-friendly climate and its high-tech attributes. That goes together well with Vorsprung durch Technik,” said Audi CEO Rupert Stadler.
“With Neuburg, the Audi family continues to grow. Together with our partners, we have created 460 jobs here. Our domestic sites are our backbone. More than half of our worldwide 76,678 employees work in Upper Bavaria alone.”
Audi Board of Management Member for Technical Development Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg sees Audi Neuburg as a strategically important site in the global development network of AUDI AG.
“This is where we develop and build our high-performance racing cars,” said Dr. Hackenberg.
“The close and successful cooperation between Audi’s racing engine development in Neckarsulm and Audi Sport in Neuburg is an excellent example of how Vorsprung durch Technik is achieved.”
Audi Sport will concentrate its activities at the new Motorsport Competence Centre: The modern building complex is 300 metres long and 100 metres wide; it includes workshops, a test-bench building and a warehouse-logistics hall, as well as the prestigious main building with the engineering offices. The multifunctional complex follows the principle of short distances, with the engineering offices on the same floor as the workshops. This is where Audi Sport develops high-performance technologies for racing cars – also for potential subsequent application in series-production cars.
Audi Neuburg is the interface to Audi Sport engine development at the Neckarsulm plant. That is where Audi engineers and mechanics design and build the racing engines. Audi then tests those engines in Neuburg on state-of-the-art test rigs. The racing cars’ first test drives take place on the 3.4-kilometre circuit in Neuburg. As of the end of October, Audi Sport will organize and coordinate from Neuburg the production activities for Audi’s worldwide racing in DTM and the World Endurance Championship (WEC) with the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans: a total of 20 races in 12 countries each year.
As of May 2014, the Audi driving experience centre offers customer events on the 30,000 square meter driving dynamics area, the handling circuit and the off-road grounds. The central customer building accommodates presentation surfaces with the latest conference facilities. The centre’s own restaurant with a viewing terrace is available to visitors as well as conference and training participants.
The Technical Development division carries out test drives at the Audi Neuburg site with technology demonstration cars, for example to test driver-assistance systems and camera systems of the latest generation.
Audi Sport customer racing will also move to the site in Neuburg by the spring of 2015. The team develops and markets the Audi R8 LMS ultra and supports the extensive customer-sport involvement in GT sport from here.