Formula E
The series
An emotional experience of electric mobility

Audi is the first German automobile manufacturer to race in Formula E. The brand with the four rings is taking ABT Sportsline’s slot on the FE grid in the 2017/2018 season. The Allgäu-based team has been successfully present in Formula E ever since the inception of the electric racing series and in the future will be taking care of the e-tron race cars as the fielding team. Competing for ABT will be youngster Daniel Abt (Germany) and title defender Lucas di Grassi (Brazil).

Audi has been giving its name to the team since Formula E’s inaugural season in 2014 and in the Brazilian Lucas di Grassi previously providing one of its factory drivers. In addition, the Allgäu-based team used the infrastructure of the Competence Center Motorsport in Neuburg. For the 2016/2017 season, Audi intensified the partnership in the form of financial and technical support. Now, on taking over ABT Sportsline’s entry slot, the final step has been made toward a full-fledged factory-backed commitment – under the team name of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler.

The fourth Formula E season kicked off in Hong Kong on December 2 and will subsequently take the campaign to South and North America, Africa as well as to the European metropolises of Berlin, Paris, Rome and Zurich. “Formula E delivers spectacular motorsport in the hearts of fascinating cities and is a tremendous stage to present electric mobility and motorsport in their most emotive forms,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass.

“We’re proud that as one of the founding members we’ve added a chapter to motorsport’s history books,” says Hans-Jürgen Abt. “Within the space of just a few years, Formula E has seen such a strong development that a team can no longer be competitive without the backing of an automobile manufacturer. That’s why we’re gladly handing over the reins to Audi – a partner we’ve been successfully cooperating with in motorsport and routine business for many decades. There’s no doubt in my mind that we’re going to continue this success story in Formula E as well.”

The car
The new generation of the championship-winning car - The Audi e-tron FE04

How can the race car be made even better in which Lucas di Grassi has won the championship and that has earned the team seven trophies for podium finishes in eleven races? With experience, the concentrated know-how of Audi and partner Schaeffler, plus a lot of attention to detail.                   

The Audi e-tron FE04 for the fourth season is a true single-seater race car and the new generation of Lucas di Grassi’s championship-winning car. While in the first Formula E season in 2014/2015 completely identical electric race cars were used, the teams and manufacturers, since the 2015/2016 season, have been allowed to develop the entire powertrain themselves, consisting of the motor, transmission and parts of the suspension as well as the respective software.

The combination of the motor and transmission, which Audi and technology partner Schaeffler have jointly developed, is the car’s centerpiece. The engineers primarily focused on designing the motor-generator unit (MGU) for even greater efficiency. As a result, acceleration out of corners in particular is enhanced.

The maximum output of the motor in qualifying is limited to 200 kW (272 hp) and in the race to 180 kW (245 hp). Via the so-called “FanBoost,” power of up to 200 kW (272 hp) can be made available to the drivers for a short period of time.

Similar as in the DTM, technical changes following the homologation of the race cars, which is performed once a year is no longer permitted. During the season, the engineers and drivers primarily endeavor to extract the optimum from the existing package and to perfectly adapt the car to the respective city street circuit. The software which in Formula E makes all the difference particularly in terms of energy management offers the greatest scope in this respect.

Power to the Audi e-tron FE04 is supplied by a battery weighing 200 kilograms that Williams Advanced Engineering has developed and that is identical for all cars. The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 34 kWh of which 28 kWh may be used. It sits between the driver’s seat and the powertrain.

Unique to Formula E are the profiled all-weather specification tyres from Audi’s long-term partner Michelin which have a close reference to the production versions. 

To transmit the power to the wheels, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in the new season is using a high-efficiency transmission with one instead of the previous three gears. A central display provides all the key information on the condition of the MGU, the system temperatures, which are particularly important with an electrically operated race car, and the current charge state of the battery.

Like in Formula 1, the driver sits in a carbon fibre monocoque complying with the latest FIA safety standards. Two roll bars and CFRP crash structures at the front, rear and sides provide maximum safety. The minimum weight of a Formula E race car is 880 kilograms (including the driver). The electric race car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. Top speed on the city street circuits is about 225 km/h.

The drivers
Daniel Abt

In spite of his age of just 25 years, Daniel Abt has gathered experience in nearly all single-seater racing categories below Formula 1. In Formula E, he has been on the grid from the outset and has contested every single race held to date. For the fans, the German is one of the crowd-pleasers in the paddock. An autograph here, a selfie there and always time for a brief chat with the fans – Daniel Abt lives and loves Formula E. Since the racing series’ debut in September 2014, the German has been forming a team with Lucas di Grassi and due to his approachable nature is one of the most popular drivers in the paddock. “I like the special spirit in Formula E – not only among the teams but also among us race drivers and the fans around the world. That’s unique.” 

Sporting Career

2001–2007 Karting

2008 8th  ADAC Formel Masters

2009 1st ADAC Formel Masters

2010 2nd ATS Formel 3 Cup

2011 7th Formel 3 Euro Serie, 4th FIA Formel 3 International Trophy

2012 2nd GP3-Serie, 12. Platz ATS Formel 3 Cup, Formel Renault 3.5

2013 22nd GP2-Series

2014 16th GP2-Series

2015 11th FIA Formel E, FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), 1 victory LMP1 privateer teams

2016 7th FIA Formel E, ADAC GT Masters

2017 8th FIA Formel E

Lucas Di Grassi

For the first time in his career, Lucas di Grassi enters a motorsport season in car number “1.” The reigning Formula E Champion is one of the co-founders and first ambassadors of the all-electric racing series and, on clinching the title at the end of July, has made a dream of his come true – but the South American is not about to rest on these laurels. On July 30, 2017 at 4.58 PM local time, the mission is completed: seventh place in the last race of the third season means he has achieved his triumph. He is the new Formula E Champion. The Brazilian, who has been living in Monaco with his wife, Bianca, for many years, has come full circle. Long before the first cars hit the tracks, di Grassi assists Alejandro Agag, the CEO of the series, and his deputy, Alberto Longo, in designing and developing the concept of Formula E and has been one of its most prominent ambassadors ever since.

Sporting career

1997–2001 Kart, Pan American Kart Champion (2000)

2002 2nd Brazilian Formula Renault Championship

2003 2nd South American Formula 3 Championship

2004 British Formula 3 Championship, 3rd GP Macau, Formula 3 Masters

2005 1st GP Macau, 3rd Formula 3 Euro Series, 3rd Formula 3 Masters, Formula 1 test

2006 GP2 Series, Formula 1 test

2007 2nd GP2 Series, Formula 1 test driver

2008 3rd GP2 Series, Formula 1 reserve driver

2009 3rd GP2 Series, Formula 1 reserve driver

2010 Formula 1

2011 2011 Formula 1 tyre test driver, ILMC tests

2012 Formula 1 tyre test driver, Nürburgring 24 Hours, 3rd WEC São Paulo (Audi R18 ultra)

2013 3rd Le Mans 24 Hours (Audi R18 e-tron quattro)              

2014 2nd Le Mans 24 Hours, 4th FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) (in Audi R18 e-tron quattro at each event)

2015 3rd FIA Formula E, 1 victory, 4th FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) (Audi R18 e-tron quattro)

2016 2nd FIA Formula E, 3 victories, FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), 1 victory, (Audi R18), 3rd Le Mans 24 Hours (Audi R18)

2017 1st FIA Formula E, 2 victories

Fanboost
Your Boost for Lucas and Daniel

Unique in Formula E: Fans can add extra power to their favorite riders online. The three drivers with the most votes will receive 30 HP more for five seconds during the race - which can be a decisive advantage in overtaking maneuvers on tight city circuits.

Here you can vote for your favorite driver: http://fanboost.fiaformulae.com

Formula E Race calendar 2017/2018

02.–03.12.   Hongkong (HK), 2 races

13.01.          Marrakesh (MA)

03.02.          Santiago de Chile (RCH)

03.03.          Mexiko City (MEX)

17.03.          Punta del Este (ROU)

14.04.          Rome (I)

28.04.          Paris (F)

19.05.          Berlin (D)

10.06.          Zurich (CH)

14.–15.07.   New York (USA), 2 races

28.–29.07.   Montreal (CDN), 2 races

 

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