Felix Baumgartner will fulfil a childhood dream this summer when he races at the famous Nürburgring 24 Hour race in June in the Eifel mountains of Germany.
The world's greatest BASE jumper is heading off on a new adventure: taking on the legendary Nordschleife at the Nürburgring at the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS.
Baumgartner made history in 2012 by completing the highest ever free fall as part of the Red Bull Stratos project, jumping from a balloon at a height of 38,969m [127,852ft] and falling to Earth at speeds of up to 1358kph [843mph].
His latest project sees him stay on terra firma: he’s teaming up with Audi to race in the Nürburgring 24 hours on June 21/22.
Felix Baumgartner dives into the Green Hell
Baumgartner has now secured his racing licence and has already contested rallies behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza, competed in a Volkswagen Scirocco race at Hockenheim and turned up to cheer on Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez at the 2013 Valencia MotoGP race.
DID YOU KNOW? Felix Baumgartner fell 38,969 metres from space – the equivalent of falling one and half times around the Nürburgring 24 Hour course.
For his latest challenge, Felix has teamed up with Audi Sport and will race one of the company’s R8 LMS cars at the Nürburgring 24 Hour track, a fearsome 25-kilometre mixture of the Grand Prix circuit and the infamous Nordschleife circuit, nicknamed ‘The Green Hell.’
“This is an exciting task for me and I am looking forward to racing an Audi,” said Felix Baumgartner. “At the first tests with a street spec Audi R8 I was able to gain some experience about the Nürburgring and also the Audi R8 LMS.
“I regard this as one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced. But I’ve got a perfect surrounding, there is a great atmosphere and I am feeling welcome in the Audi race experience team. But I am starting from scratch, as this sport is new to me.”
Felix Baumgartner to train with Audi
Before he can take on the ferocious Nordschleife, 44-year-old Baumgartner will undertake an extensive training programme with Audi’s race experience team, who include five-time 24 Hrs du Mans winner Frank Biela, three-time winner Marco Werner and the vastly experienced Pierre Kaffer.
“Felix is approaching his new task as you would expect it from a pro,” said team manager Sepp Haider, himself a former rally driver. “He is eager to learn and curious, knows how to judge the physical conditions and is 100 percent motivated to do well.”
DID YOU KNOW? Audi R8 LMS’ top speed: 195mph. Felix Baumgartner’s top speed: 843.5mph