November 27, 2004
Source: Audi AG
The best club of the century could hardly have accepted its new company cars more in keeping with its reputation: Prior to the Real Madrid players receiving the car keys from the hands of Audi Chairman of the Board of Management Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Raúl González Blanco and his 21 team colleagues completed a driver security training course on the Spanish Jarama circuit together with Audi works driver Emanuele Pirro.
AUDI AG has been vehicle partner to Real Madrid since July last year. The record breaking Champions League winner has the entire Audi model range to choose from. In return, the Ingolstadt squad made a guest appearance in the legendary `Estadio Santiago Bernabéu’ and ran-off some promotion work with the 29-time Spanish Champions.
The lesson with the three time Le Mans-winner Emanuele Pirro came just at the right time. In the end, all the players choose only the most sporting models: Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn handed over an impressive total of 6,800 hp to the men from Madrid. Emanuele Pirro – a very discerning football fan – has now shown the footballers exactly how to handle the cars in a safe and sporting manner.
The stars of the world’s most successful football club were able to drive their cars directly from a symbolic starting grid in Jarama. Their choices were as varied as their nationalities. Luis Figo, Raúl and Ronaldo choose the absolute flag ship from Ingolstadt, the Audi A8 6.0 with 450 horse power. Other team players were a little more discreet with their request for an Audi A6 saloon. And some star strikers put all their hopes in a typically mild Spanish winter: After all they would like to cruise through the Spanish capital at least once with the roof down in their new Audi S4 Cabriolets with no less than 344 hp.
Whether saloon oder convertible, petrol or diesel propulsion – the football stars’ cars have one thing in common: The permanent all-wheel drive quattro revolutionised by Audi and the new tiptronic, which combines all the advantages of manual and automatic gear shifting, are to be found in all the cars ordered.
1 Casillas Iker A6 Saloon 3.0 TDI quattro tiptronic
2 Salgado Míchel A6 Saloon 3.2 FSI quattro tiptronic
3 Carlos Roberto A6 Saloon 3.0 TDI quattro tiptronic
4 Borja Fernández A6 Saloon 3.2 FSI quattro tiptronic
5 Zidane Zinedine A8 4.2 quattro tiptronic
6 Helguera Iván A6 Saloon 3.0 TDI quattro tiptronic
7 Raúl A8 6.0 quattro tiptronic
8 Morientes Fernando S4 Cabriolet 4.2 quattro tiptronic
9 Ronaldo A8 6.0 quattro tiptronic
10 Figo Luis A8 6.0 quattro tiptronic
11 Owen Michael A6 Saloon 3.2 FSI quattro tiptronic
13 César A6 Saloon 3.0 TDI quattro tiptronic
14 Guti S4 Cabriolet 4.2 quattro tiptronic
15 Raúl Bravo Sanfélix A6 Saloon 3.2 FSI quattro tiptronic
18 Woodgate Jonathan A6 Saloon 3.2 FSI quattro tiptronic
19 Samuel Walter A6 Saloon 3.0 TDI quattro tiptronic
20 Celades Albert A6 Saloon 3.0 TDI quattro tiptronic
21 Solari Santiago A6 Saloon 3.0 TDI quattro tiptronic
22 Pavón Francisco A6 Saloon 3.0 TDI quattro tiptronic
23 Beckham David A8 6.0 quattro tiptronic
24 Mejía Álvaro S4 Cabriolet 4.2 quattro tiptronic
26 López Diego A6 Saloon 3.2 FSI quattro tiptronic
Coach Garcia Remón Mariano A6 Saloon 4.2 quattro tiptronic