In good time for the start of the DTM, Audi Sport has taken delivery of seven MAN TGX 18.480 semitrailer tractors. Offering a new design, these trucks are currently being launched onto the market by MAN and already meet the Euro 6 emission standard, which will be binding for all newly-licensed trucks from 1 January 2014 onwards. As a result, the trucks will transport Audi Sport equipment to DTM races and the WEC (World Endurance Championship) sports-car series almost pollution-free.
Oliver Straube, responsible for international partnerships at Audi Sport and the Audi Team's Spanish DRM driver, Miguel Molina, personally took deliv-ery of the trucks from Heinz-Jürgen Löw, Director Marketing Sales and Ser-vices at MAN Truck & Bus in Munich.
The MAN semitrailer tractors are fitted with a comfortable and spacious XXL driver's cab and powered by a D26 common rail engine offering Euro 6 standard and 480 HP. MAN's TGX models also include a full-scale safety package with LED daytime running lights, Xenon headlights and electronic assistance systems, namely ACC for adaptive cruise control and the LGS lane guard system.
"I am delighted that Audi's top sportsmen have opted for our MAN trucks. In terms of environmental friendliness and efficiency, Audi Sport will now cer-tainly secure first place in the paddock," said Heinz-Jürgen Löw at the official vehicle handover in Munich. "I wish the Audi Team every success in the coming racing season."
"For many years now, we have relied on MAN as a strong and trustworthy partner at our side," says Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. "The trucks have more or less the same level of HP as our Audi RS 5 DTM maybe they aren't as fast, but they do bring our valuable freight safely and reliably to the race circuits in Germany and all over the world. It's good that we can depend on them.