Reintroduced in 2000 the new DTM series continued the former Deutsche ToruenwagenMeisterschaft and International Touring Car Championship which had ended in 1996 due to high costs. The new series formula from 2000 -2020 was prototype silhouette racing cars based on a mass-production road car of the same period.
Audi joined DTM as a works team in 2004 and along with the two other constructors (Opel and Mercedes-Benz) agreed to run D-segment compact executive-based saloon bodies with equal dimensions standardised across the cars providing equal opportunities for entrants. Opel pulled out after the 2005 season so from 2006 - 2012 Audi and Mercedes both fielded 10 cars, with the Audis dominating from 2007-2009.
Audi developed the A4 DTM for their debut 2004 season replacing the privateer Team ABT Audi TT-R that had raced from 2000 - 2003. The A4 ran a naturally aspirated 90° V8 with dry sump lubrication, 6-speed sequential, ventilated carbon fibre brake discs and a steel space frame. The result was a 460bhp 368.8 ft lbs of Torque behemoth that dominated the DTM series over 8 years and 6 facelifts.
The Audi A4 DTM R14 was 4th facelift and the new A4 debuting for the 2008 season. This A4 R14 - Chassis 504 - was run by Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline and driven by seven-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen. Kristensen and 504 achieved the fastest lap at both Zandvoort and Catalyuna and started pole at the Nurburgring and Le Mans Bugatti Track. Placing in the front half of the grid for seven out of 11 races, Kristensen and 504 came 3rd at Hockenheimring, 3rd at Mugello and 3rd at Zandvoort garnering 8th overall in the Drivers’ Standing. Their contributions helped put Audi Sports Team Abt Sportsline 2nd in the Teams Championship with 102.
During the 2009 and 2010 seasons 504 was run by Audi Sport Team Rosberg. For 2009 Mike Rockenfeller (who would go on to win Le Mans in 2010) piloted 504 to 14th overall in the drivers’ championship and 7th for Team Rosberg. Katherine Legge raced 504 in 2010 helping Team Rosberg place 8th in the Team Championship.
In 2011, 504 was bedecked in its iconic Playboy livery and raced by rising star Edoardo Mortara, fresh off his second Macau GP win in a row in Formula 3. Mortara gained confidence as the season went on coming 3rd at both Brands Hatch and Motorposrt Arena Oschersleben. He finished 8th overall in the drivers’ championship drawing with Ralf Schumacher, and Team Rosberg finished 6th in the Team Championship.
After retiring in 2011, 504 has resided in a renowned collection of notable race cars and is offered as a competitive entry for the popular DTM Classic Cup Series. Accompanied by an extensive spares package and fresh off of a service by experts Progressive Motorsport, this 2008 Audi A4 DTM is an unbeatable ticket into historic touring car racing.