After setting numerous world records when he jumped from a helium balloon in the stratosphere in October 2012, Felix Baumgartner will now take on a different challenge come June when he competes at the Nurburgring 24 Hours race as part of Audi's race experience team.
"It's fantastic that we're cooperating with Felix Baumgartner this year," said Audi driving experience chief Klaus Demel. "As an extreme athlete, Felix has been thrilling millions of fans around the world with his daring actions that combine ingenuity and exceptional technical demands. Now, we're familiarizing him with our sport and offering him a professional environment with our team, and are very excited about this new, joint challenge."
In preparation for the race, Baumgartner occasionally competes in the one-make cup races that the Volkswagen Group participates in. For the Nurburgring 24-hour race, though, he will run in a 561hp Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car.
"This task is totally exciting, and I'm looking forward to driving races in an Audi," said Baumgartner. "During initial tests in the road-going Audi R8, I got to know the Nurburgring, and in the Audi R8 LMS Ultra, I've clocked a few kilometers on various tracks as well. I regard this task as one of the major projects in my life. The environment is perfect, the atmosphere is fantastic, and I feel really well taken care of by the Audi race experience. But it's also clear that I’m basically starting from scratch because this sport is new for me."
To familiarize himself with the car, Baumgartner will not only take part in the Audi R8 LMS GT3's test and setup runs this weekend, he'll also compete in a couple of VLN endurance races scheduled in April and May as well.