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Audi quits Le Mans to focus on electric-car racing

The logo of German car maker Audi is seen outside a garage in Vienna, Austria, September 29, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/Files
The logo of German car maker Audi is seen outside a garage in Vienna, Austria, September 29, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/Files

BERLIN (Reuters) - Audi will quit participation in the Le Mans sports car race and the related world endurance championship and shift resources to electric-car racing, it said.

Volkswagen-owned Audi, grappling with its diesel emissions scandal, is cutting costs to fund a strategic shift to electric cars and autonomous driving, mirroring plans by parent VW.

"We will conduct the race for the future electronically," Chief Executive Rupert Stadler told workers on Wednesday at Audi's sports-car division, according to a statement from Audi.

(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Maria Sheahan)

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