For the first time, Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport will be entering the all electric Formula E. A new branch of motorsport under the FIA, Formula E is only in its third season. While some of Audi’s competitors, such as BMW and Renault, have already competed in Formula E, this will be Audi Sport’s first season.
This will be a big step for the Audi Sport, as it will offer insight into the world of electric performance and help give way to new technologies and innovations. Motorsport has always been an excellent way for car companies to create and develop new technologies for their road cars. Formula E is no different and, in many ways, the most important. Our automotive landscape is rapidly shifting toward electric mobility and any lessons learned in Formula E will be massively helpful moving forward.
The third Formula E season will kick off in Hong Kong on Oct. 9, this Monday, and the drivers who will be doing the racing for Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport are Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi. This presents new challenges for Abt and di Grassi, who haven’t yet raced in Formula E, as well as the entire team.
“Similar to the DTM, the Formula E race cars are homologated and cannot be altered during the season,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “At the same time, the software, which is so crucial to energy management in Formula E, can be constantly worked on. In this field, we have lots of experience from the FIA World Endurance Championship which we can use to support the team.”
With companies like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Tesla already dominating the EV marketplace, the four-ringed brand could use as much technological innovation and help it can get. So Audi’s entry into Formula E is a big difference maker for the brand from Ingolstadt.