While Audi Sport was previously working with the ABT Schaeffler Formula E team, the brand now has its very own Formula E racing car — the Audi e-tron FE04.
“After nearly 40 years of being successfully active in motorsport on the highest level, Audi now becomes the first German automobile manufacturer to compete in Formula E in order to test and advance the development of new technologies for production,” says Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, AUDI AG. “Following quattro, TFSI, TDI, hybrid drive and many other innovations, our first single-seater race car is a portent of our product offensive in the field of electric mobility that we are ringing in with the Audi e-tron in 2018.”
Due to Formula E regulations, manufacturers are only allowed to develop the powertrain, which consists of motor, transmission, some parts of the suspension and the requisite software. So Audi will be developing the electric motor while Team ABT Schaeffler will be developing the high-efficiency, single-speed transmission.
There will be three drivers for Audi Sport’s Formula E team. Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt will be returning to the sport. while the team will be getting a new face in three-time Le Mans winner Allan McNish.
The Audi e-tron FE04 will make its racing debut at the Formula E season opener in Hong Kong on December 2, 2017. However, the new electric race car will already be seen on the race track in the coming days. This Friday and Saturday, Audi is presenting the FE04 with Daniel Abt at the wheel during the E-Mobility Play Days at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Subsequently, from Monday to Thursday, Valencia, Spain, will be the venue of the only official Formula E pre-season tests. Both Audi drivers will be testing there.