Audi has announced that both its RS 5 DTM and e-tron FE04 will race on an ice course for the first time. On January 19 and 20 at the GP Ice Race in Zell am See, Austria, Daniel Abt will drive the fully electric Audi e-tron FE04, while René Rast will drive the RS 5 DTM.
For Audi this represents an opportunity to demonstrate the history and future of the motor racing program. The Audi Sport quattro S1 will also do its laps at the GP Ice Race.
René Rast is eager to see how the studded tires will cope with the RS 5’s horsepower. “In karting, I once drove an ice race against Nico Rosberg on studded tires and with the Audi driving experience I’ve been to Sweden before,” said the 32-year-old.
“Obviously, ice is the absolute challenge for any race driver. Even though everything seems to be happening in slow motion, we have to be fully focused. On the one hand, it’s fun but on the other, as always, we want to feel the limit. I’m already very excited.”
Audi driver Daniel Abt said, “I once drove an ice kart race, and on another occasion I was a passenger in Mattias Ekström’s rallycross Audi on snow. But I’ve never driven a race car on ice myself. I’m sure that’ll be huge fun.”