Audi and Felix Baumgartner Success at Nürburgring 24July 3rd, 2014
Daredevil Felix Baumgartner, who holds the world record for highest skydive in history from 128,000 feet, recently took on the challenge of the legendary 24 Hours of Nürburgring race as part of the Audi team. Driving the 570 horsepower Audi R8 LMS ultra GT3 car, Baumgartner shared the driving responsibilities with his more experienced teammates, including five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela, three-time Le Mans winner Marco Werner, as well as GT and sports car pro Pierre Kaffer.
But with only a few weeks of training and the challenging Nürburgring Nordschleife awaiting, the team’s goal wasn’t to win the race but to finish in the top ten. After the team combined to go more than 2,400 miles in 152 laps, they finished in 9th place. That’s an incredible feat given the level of performance on the track that day, with more than 150 cars from the likes of Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and BMW entering the event to compete in front of 100,000 spectators.