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Audi now owns Ducati, so we decided to race the brands' most powerful models, the Audi RS6 and the Ducati 1199 Panigale R
Audi's hottest car is an estate wagon? That's perfect!
This is how it starts. First the Audi Robotic Telepresence (ART) system, then Skynet. Well, maybe there are a few steps in between, but the slope is indeed slippery. Audi announced its newest servicing technology, the ART robotic system on Tuesday; it will allow Audi technicians at Audi of America to virtually diagnose vehicles at Audi dealerships across the country.
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Could this be in Ducati's future?
When a trio of French designers heard that Audi had acquired the Italian motorcycle company Ducati, they devised the Audi Motorrad – for fun. Could the ‘four rings’ return to two wheels?
To me this looks more like an ebike design.
It is a delicate moment for Ducati and is under the eyes of all. 's change of course of this year, with the departure of Rossi and Preziosi and the arrival of Dovizioso and Gobmeier has not yielded the expected results . In fact, say the malicious, did not give any result. While the Japanese continue to progress faster and faster, the men of the Borgo Panigale seem to stand still. The pilots are putting the face and Dovi is good to stand at the forefront of the weight of guilt not his. At Borgo Panigale while the climate is difficult, pending a restructuring of the racing department that does not arrive.
Read more: http://www.gpone.com/en/2013092411562/Audi-occhi-puntati-su-Ducati-per-il-futuro.html#ixzz2fwJlqFZZ
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We pitch the hottest Audi R8 against a Ducati in a 0-150-0mph challenge
Diavels are Superbikes in Wolfs Clothing. Classic double threat. #CarGuysKeepTrying
What if Audi's acquisition of Ducati meant the German car brand was going to start making its own motorcycles. It's not, but French designer Thibault Devauze has imagined the possibility of an Audi motorcycle with his own concept.
This is, of course, just for fun.....
The purchase of Ducati in 2012 by German auto giant Audi appeared to be an odd match since Audi doesn't produce or race motorcycles, unlike German rival BMW.
But Audi's racing roots run very deep, and they include motorcycle racing...
Good synoposis of Audi racing history
According to Italian website Moto.it, things in the Valencia Ducati Corse box are tense this weekend because much Audi ordered change is in store for the Ducati team after the race weekend and 2 day Valencia test....
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"I understand that (Audi CEO) Rupert Stadler expects me to take a close look at Ducati’s technologies."
In a few weeks, Bentley and Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer will be leaving for Ingolstadt, where he will head Audi’s research and development and lead the VW Group’s motorsports activities. At Audi, he will deal closely with motorcycle maker Ducati; a fitting job, as he earned his stripes at BMW’s motorcycle division before he became head of Porsche’s research and development. Two years ago, following a shakeup in VW Group management, he left for Crewe, England, to head Bentley and Bugatti. We recently sat down with Dürheimer to discuss the future of Bentley’s powertrains, the progress of the Bugatti Galibier, and his new responsibilities with Ducati and VW Group motorsports.
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An announcement on who will replace Valentino Rossi at Ducati appears imminent. As we mentioned last week, Andrea Dovizioso agreed to take the factory Ducati seat vacated by Rossi's departure for Yamaha. His signature, it appears, was subject to certain conditions, though. According to reports in the Italian media, Dovizioso demanded guarantees of support and development from Audi before putting pen to paper.
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Held at a famous local private estate called the Penrose Mansion because of it’s history with the Pikes Peak Hillclimb event (the event was founded by the homes owner) we enter though an elaborate series of immaculate gardens. It’s true old fashioned glamour.
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Audi AG has released its 2012 Interim Financial Report, and in it the German automaker has released some interesting details about its acquisition of Ducati Motor Holding. Confirming our report that the Audi Group has bought 100% of Ducati’s shares, Audi however discloses that it paid much less for the Italian motorcycle brand than was previously reported.
Disclosing a buying price of €747 million ($980 million at the exchange rate at the time of sale), perhaps the most interesting news in Audi’s report is that Ducati was actually bought by Lamborghini, making Ducati a subsidiary of the boutique Italian car-maker. This news would explain Ducati CEO Gabriele del Torchio’s appointment to the Lamborghini Board of Directors earlier last month.
While Lamborghini’s ownership of Ducati is more of a formality, as both brands are still controlled by the Audi Group (read: Audi itself), the move does have two important aspects: one symbolic and one pragmatic. First symbolically, Ducati remains under some guise of Italian control, which in nationalistic Europe still counts for something…as ridiculous as it sounds to the rest of us.
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Audi AG, the world’s second-biggest maker of luxury cars, plans to complete the 860 million-euro ($1.06 billion) purchase of Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding SpA later today.
We expect the announcement this afternoon from our colleagues in Bologna,” the motorcycle maker’s headquarters city, said Juergen De Graeve, a spokesman at Ingolstadt, Germany-based Audi.
Ducati sold about 42,000 of its sporty, luxury motorcycles last year. Revenue at the maker of the Monster, Diavel and Superbike models amounted to 480 million euros in 2011. The company employs about 1,100 people.
Audi announced plans on April 18 for Ducati’s acquisition from Investindustrial Advisors SpA and was waiting for antitrust approval. After the deal’s completion, non-executive board members from Investindustrial will leave and be replaced by Audi managers, De Graeve said, reiterating earlier comments from July 10, when he said Audi Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler is likely to join the Ducati board.
Current Ducati managers “will stay on board and remain responsible for business operations,” De Graeve said today.