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.
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.
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).
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.
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)