24h Le Mans
24 Hours of Le Mans – Audi Sport enlists first driver for Hypercar adventure
Audi is planning to return to endurance and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2023 in the Hypercar class. The German manufacturer has signed up its first driver for this new challenge.
Audi Sport has signed up Nico Müller to its Hypercar programme for the 2023 FIA WEC season, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Müller himself announced the news to his social media followers this weekend. “Important and intense months of preparation are lying ahead of us, before we go racing in 2023,” he wrote. “Competing for an overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in an Audi is a dream come true.”
The 29-year-old Swiss driver has been racing for Audi in a variety of disciplines such as DTM, Formula E and GT since 2014. In 2015, he won the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, sharing the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS Ultra fielded by Audi Sport Team with Christopher Mies, Laurens Vanthoor and Edward Sandström.
Audi has opted for an LMDh car for its return to endurance and, like sister company Porsche, is working with Multimatic for the chassis. LMDh models will compete alongside LMH cars in the Hypercar class. The former will be based on a chassis that each marque will be allowed to combine with its own body. Manufacturers will enjoy considerable leeway in terms of the transmission system and are not bound by specifications regarding combustion engine design or capacity. Combined with a standardised hybrid system, peak power output will be 500 kW (around 680 horsepower). The vehicle base weight is 1030 kg.