When the fourth Formula E season in history kicks off in Hong Kong on 2 December 2017 it will mark the beginning of a new era for Audi. It will be the first event in the electric racing series in which the company is represented with a factory-backed commitment. In addition to success in racing, further development in the field of electric mobility for production plays a key role.
“For nearly 40 years Audi has been successfully active in motorsport at the highest level in order to test and continue to develop new technologies for production,” says Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, AUDI AG. “Now, as the first German automobile manufacturer, we’re doing this in Formula E as well. Following quattro, TFSI, TDI, hybrid drive and many other innovations, our first single-seater is a precursor of the product offensive in the field of electric mobility that we’ll be ushering in with the Audi e-tron in 2018.”
Attention is centred on the Audi e-tron FE04, specifically the combination of the motor and transmission. The engineers mainly focused on further enhancing the efficiency of the motor-generator-unit (MGU). To transfer the power to the wheels, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in the 2017/2018 season relies on a high-efficiency transmission with just one instead of the previous three gears. “We have developed a completely new powertrain, consisting of the motor, transmission, parts of the suspension and the respective software, together with our technology partner Schaeffer,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass.
The past and present teammate of the 33-year-old Brazilian is Daniel Abt. The driver from the German Allgäu region, who is just 24 years old, has been signed as an Audi factory driver. Di Grassi and Abt: a successful duo. Their track record after three joint years in Formula E: 24 podiums, six victories and four pole positions in the 33 races that have been held. Now they’re ready for Season 4 in Formula E.