Audi Believes Gasoline Performance Cars Will Be Relegated To Racetracks

The head of Audi Sport customer racing, Chrys Reinke, believes that ICE (internal combustion engines) powered performance cars will be relegated to racetracks in the future.

Speaking with Car Sales, Reinke who works with Audi’s GT2, GT3, GT4, and TCR customer racing programs, suggested that fossil-fueled vehicles will soon be used purely for leisure and excitement, much like sailboats.

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“I think when we talk about moving people… we used to take goods across the Atlantic with sailboats – and now we do it with container boats, but it doesn’t mean that there’s no sailing anymore. There are actually more sailboats than ever – now for leisure and excitement,” he said. “This is a similar path we will take with motor racing. Driving used to be [about] the possibility of getting from A to B – to transfer us, to commute. But I believe in the future, the commute probably will be… electric; most likely… autonomous driving.”

We’ve got no doubt that enthusiasts will continue to drive ICE-powered vehicles on public roads for decades to come unless regulations eventually ban them completely. However, Reinke certainly has a point.

According to him, car enthusiasts will ultimately use all-electric and autonomous vehicles during weekdays for their necessary commutes and then drive a more traditional and involving car on the weekends. This isn’t an entirely foreign concept as heaps of rev-heads have performance cars dedicated to weekend use and drive more efficient vehicles during the week. The only difference moving forward, at least according to Reinke, is that these weekend cars may be restricted to racetracks and rally roads.

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  • thejohnnycanuck

    Shocker. Another VAG puppet towing the corporate line.

    Not everyone lives in the city and has a commute. Quit trying to paint all future transportation needs with one brush.

    • Exotics

      You seem scared. Your beloved polluting gas cars will be no more. The end days are near for your gas station stops. Welcome to the future of electric vehicles. The greatest time to be alive.

      • Mr. EP9

        You’re an idiot.

      • Nick G

        LOL! The end is near? Pure delusion.

      • Bo Hanan

        Girl shut up!

      • slither16

        Exotics would become meaning less.

    • Six_Tymes

      good points

    • Dude

      You assume electric cars will only ever be capable of city driving? Refer to the sailboat analogy. In 50-100 years ICE cars will occupy the same position. That’s just the obvious path we’re on.

  • Six_Tymes

    talk about late to the table. pretty sure most people have known this for years now, that this is the direction the industry has been heading in.

  • Bo Hanan

    Audi has 1 sports car that is a Lamborghini (with German make-up) and they think their the experts on the future of performance cars. Please!

    • Roger X Cohn

      Really? I can’t even begin to dispute your ignorance. Audi Quatro to RS7. And all the IMSA and prototype racing. TTRS? More than R8 which is not a lambo with makeup. Without Audi there would be no drive train in the Lambo

      • Bo Hanan

        I think we know who taught who how to make performance cars. And you sound like your going through ,menopause.

        • Roger X Cohn

          I always thought the Germans taught the Japanese how to make sports cars, and the Americans as well. Performance is different than a sports car. For example: I consider a Dodge Demon a performance car but certainly not a sports car.

          • Bo Hanan

            WE are talking about Audi- remember?…

  • slither16

    When are we going to get synthetic fuels?

    • Roger X Cohn

      When they are cheaper than gas. Just like synthetic oil

  • Roger X Cohn

    Unfortunately yes. But not because anyone is forcing the issue. Well maybe in European cities they already have banned non electric vehicles in the near future. But it will just happen and people will go along with it. Just like most motorcycles are ridden on weekends. Sure many people use them to commute but on Sundays there are hundreds of bikes roaming Arizona. No thousands!

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