The legacy of Audi's engine architect

The legacy of Audi's engine architect

Twenty years on from the Audi sportscar programme's debut at Sebring, meet Ulrich Baretzky - the driving force behind the four rings' success, who ironically never wanted to be an engineer

For some engineers, the lure of a life spent tinkering with engines in pursuit of power, efficiency and reliability means they are destined for a career in motorsport. But despite his enviable track record at the Le Mans 24 Hours - a 100% podium record between 1999 and 2016, claiming 13 wins with Audi and one with Bentley in '03 - that wasn't the case for Audi Sport's long-time head of engine development Ulrich Baretzky.

Based at Audi Sport's Neckarsulm site in Baden-Wurttemberg, 120 miles north-west of the Ingolstadt HQ where the Team Joest-run R8, R10, R15 and R18 juggernauts originated, Baretzky is an engineer whose contribution to Audi's successes in touring cars, prototype racing and GT3 cannot be gauged in sheer numbers alone.

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