Last Summer, 80 drivers got together at Mandarin Hotel Washington DC to take part in Audi TDI Efficiency Drive Challenge. Among the drivers were journalists, scientists, startup entrepreneurs, bloggers, and policy makers. The 80 drivers were split into four groups and our arrival and departure were staggered.
Each group arrived the night before the driving day for technical presentation and panel discussion followed by dinner. The next morning, each group was tasked to drive three cars in three segments: Q5 TDI, A6 TDI, and A7 TDI on predetermined routes. Two drivers in each car and we took turned at midpoint of each segment. Our driving stats were collected by a special add-on device installed on each car. At the end of each driving day, the winning team with the highest miles per gallon of the day was announced at dinner.
TDI History at a Glance
Audi brought the very first TDI into production 1989. It was based on its proven 2.5L five cylinder design. TDI. Then in 2006, Audi introduced a slightly bigger 3.0L V6 TDI. Not only the second TDI generation produced more power and boasted better fuel efficiency, it achieved Tier II / Bin 5 ULEV CARB through the use of a DeNOx catalytic converter and the aid of AdBlue after exhaust treatment.
To many of us, visiting Ingolstadt is like going to Mecca. Some of us have made multiple pilgrimages. Each time, we find some new things that awe us. If you are planning to visit Ingolstadt, here are some ideas on how to make your trip one of the most memorable trips of your lifetime.
First you can decide whether you want to spend a day or two just exploring the Ingolstadt Audi mega complex. Or you can combine this visit with the chance to join Audi R8 Alpine or Dolce Vita or Tuscany or South Tyrol tours.
If you do chose to drive the thrill-invoking R8, please visit Audi Driver's Day site. Once at the website, on the left column, select Audi Tour Experience. Download and review the different Audi Driver's Day programs available at different seasons of the year. After you select the program that fits you, you can email Audi Driver's Day office indicating the program you would like to join, the dates you will be driving, and the car you desire to drive.