|February 18, 2011
Source: Audi AG
· Special interest magazine invites skiers and motorsport racers to duel
· Audi driving experience and giant slalom
· Top grades for the new Audi Carbon Ski
Audi race drivers had the opportunity to test the innovative Carbon Ski, expected to be released on the market in winter 2011/2012, within the framework of an event organized by special interest magazine sport auto. The carving ski designed and developed by Audi Konzept Design München received good reviews all round. Vice versa, ski stars were thrilled by the S4.
A duel with a difference: DTM stars Mattias Ekström, Martin Tomczyk and Markus Winkelhock as well as the two sportscar drivers Marc Basseng and Marco Werner were invited to an unusual competition staged by sport auto in which the ski aces and motorsport professionals competed against one another in each others discipline.
On the first day it was a matter of controlling an Audi S4 around the winter course in Zell am See devised by the Audi driving experience. On the second day the opponents completed a giant slalom in Saalbach-Hinterglemm for which prototypes of the new Audi Carbon Ski were used.
While the race drivers were in their element at the wheel of the Audi S4, the ski aces prevailed as expected in the giant slalom. In the combined discipline of driving and skiing the Austrian World Cup legend Helmut Mayer won ahead of Nordschleife specialist Jörg Viebahn and Audi DTM driver Martin Tomczyk. Mattias Ekström had to forego the skiing due to another appointment.
The upshot of the unusual competition: Skiers and race drivers alike demonstrated comparable levels of talent in each others discipline and all the athletes were impressed by the new Audi Carbon Ski.