Following the 2017/2018 season, when the brand with the four rings won the ABB FIA Formula E Championship teams’ title, drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi will be fighting for more titles in the new Audi e-tron FE05.

Audi
e-tron FE05

The Audi e-tron FE05 is an evolution of the most successful race car from the 2017/2018 season. Like all cars of the new Formula E generation, it comes without a rear wing. The aerodynamic downforce is generated by a large diffuser at the rear of the race car. Another visual innovation: The wheels of the Audi e-tron FE05 are covered with bodywork at the front and rear, in contrast to its predecessor, the Audi e-tron FE04.

A new eyecatcher is the mandatory halo system above the cockpit, which is now also in Formula E for all cars – as in Formula 1. It provides additional protection for the driver, along with the monocoque made of carbon-fibre and the CFRP crash structures at the front, rear and sides. The new Audi e-tron FE05 was out testing again in Spain, showing its new livery for the first time.

Daniel Abt: “Compared to its predecessor, the new model has a considerably more aggressive design.”

Lucas di Grassi: “Our car will look really quick on television. Now it’s up to us to make sure that it is fast on track.”

Progress through
motorsport

The key component at the heart of the Audi e-tron FE05 is the drivetrain. It consists of the motor, inverter, gearbox, components of the rear suspension, as well as the corresponding software. While the rest of the car is identical for all teams, manufacturers get the opportunity to showcase their technical expertise with the drivetrain.

The motor generator unit, dubbed the Audi Schaeffler MGU03, was jointly developed by Audi and its technology partner Schaeffler. Engineers put particular emphasis on making the package even more efficient and further increasing its level of effectiveness. 95 per cent of the drivetrain parts are new and the engineers were able to shave ten per cent off the weight.

This represents the greatest Formula E innovation up to now: For the first time since the series was launched in 2014, only one race car per driver will tackle the new 2018/2019 season. Since the batteries now have the capacity to last the entire 45-minute race distance, the mandatory car change during the race has been eliminated. This is a testimony to how motorsport – especially Formula E – is advancing innovations and technology.

All Formula E teams draw electricity from identical McLaren batteries weighing 374 kilograms. The lithium-ion battery is mounted between the driver’s seat and the drivetrain. It has a capacity of 52 kWh and can be charged within 45 minutes. A completely new development for the fifth season is the brake-by-wire-system. Brake control and transmission to the rear axle are decoupled from each other and electronically controlled. The brake balance is thus always optimally distributed and recuperation becomes even more efficient.

For the fifth season of Formula E, the motor is permitted to produce up to 250 kW (340 hp) in qualifying. In the race, the output is capped at 200 kW (272 hp). New are the so-called activation zones: When drivers pass through this zone on the race track, they can briefly access a higher power mode of 225 kW (306 hp). Formula E fans can still support their favorite driver by casting their vote online via “FanBoost”, which gives drivers a temporary power boost of up to 250 kW (340 hp).

Masters at the wheel

No driver pairing in Formula E has remained a team for as long as Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi. In all of the fully electric series’ 45 races so far, the German from Kempten and the Brazilian from São Paulo have been teammates. Since the debut of Formula in 2014, the duo from Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler scored a total of ten victories. Di Grassi became the drivers’ champion in 2016/2017 and, together with Abt, won the teams’ title in 2017/2018.

Traditionally, the Formula E runs in major cities, mostly on temporary street circuits in city centres. 13 races hosted at twelve locations are on the 2018/2019 calendar. For the first time on the schedule are Ad Diriyah in Saudi Arabia, where the fifth season will begin, and Sanya in China.

 


R1    15 December 2018    Ad Diriyah (Saudi Arabia)

R2    12 January 2019    Marrakesh (Morocco)

R3    26 January 2019    Santiago de Chile (Chile)

R4    16 February 2019    Mexico City (Mexico)

R5    10 March 2019    Hong Kong (China)

R6    23 March 2019    Sanya (China)

R7    13 April 2019    Rome (Italy)

R8    27 April 2019    Paris (France)

R9    11 May 2019    Monte Carlo (Monaco)

R10    25 May 2019    Berlin (Germany)

R11    22 June 2019    Bern (Switzerland) 

R12    13 July 2019    New York City (USA)

R13    14 July 2019    New York City (USA)