After four decades of being an expert in the motorsport industry, Audi will be the first German automaker to compete in Formula E. This will be done to test the development of new technologies to be used in production, according to the Member of the Board of Management, Peter Mertens.
After a number of powertrains like the quattro, TFSI, TDI, hybrid drive and many others, the single-seater race car will test electric mobility as it relates to what the 2018 Audi e-tron will use. Recently at the IAA, the automaker did say that over 20 electrified models will be part of their lineup just before 2025, and this includes Plug-in hybrids and fully electric cars.
The automaker will be allowed to develop the powertrain, which includes the transmission, motor, parts of the suspension and the software. What’s in the heart of the Audi e-tron FE04 will be the motor and transmission. The motor generator unit was designed for greater efficiency and so the engineers put a lot of their time and effort into this. In the 2017/2018 season, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler will only be using a high-efficiency transmission with only one gear, to deliver power to the wheels.
Dieter Gass, Head of Audi Motorsport, said that they have come up with a new powertrain, together with Schaeffler, their technology partner. He added that its appearance is very distinct as you can tell right away when you look at the powertrain’s new carbon housing. Adding to that, the car will be having a different soundtrack, and this is because they are trying out new technology.
Of course, the Audi e-tron FE04 was designed to stand out, and so it had been given a white, metallic green and black livery as the base colours, distinguishing it from the car Lucas di Grassi won at Formula E just a few months ago. The Brazilian driver will be entering a new series to defend his title in car number “1”.
Daniel Abt, who is an Audi factory driver will be di Grassi’s teammate. He will be driving the number “66” car that has more red markings on his car to distinguish it from the other. Both men have formed a strong duo in Formula E since day one. They have achieved 24 podiums out of the 33 races they have competed in, and six of those are victories.
On December 2, the Audi e-tron FE04 will make its debut in Hong Kong at Formula E’s season opener. But we will see the FE04 before that, as Daniel Abt will be driving it during the E-Mobility Play Days at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.