Au­di re­vving up for For­mu­la E se­a­son

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Autodealer -

Ha­ving drop­ped the Wor­ld En­du­ran­ce C­ham­pi­ons­hip last y­e­ar, Au­di has un­vei­led the car that will le­ad its fac­to­ry-bac­ked mo­tor­sports in­vol­vement in the wor­ld of e­lec­tric mo­bi­li­ty. The FE04 will ta­ke to the track in the next For­mu­la E se­a­son, ma­king Au­di the first big Ger­man ma­nu­fac­tu­rer to ha­ve a fac­to­ry of­fe­ring in the gro­wing sports ra­cing ca­te­go­ry.

The en­gi­neer­ing te­am has fo­cu­sed on the e­lec­tric en­gi­nes and ge­ar­box. The se­ries on­ly al­lows te­ams to work on the mo­tor, trans­mis­si­on, soft­wa­re and so­me of the mi­nor sus­pen­si­on com­po­nents. On the mo­tor si­de, the te­am is con­fi­dent it has ma­na­ged to ex­tract max­i­mum ef­fi­cien­cy from its u­nit, whi­le the sin­gle-speed trans­mis­si­on is com­ple­te­ly new.

“To­get­her with our techno­lo­gy part­ner, S­cha­ef­fler, we ha­ve de­ve­lo­ped a com­ple­te­ly new po­wer­train,” says he­ad of Au­di Mo­tor­sport, Die­ter Gass. “You can im­me­di­a­te­ly tell this by look­ing at the new car­bon hou­sing of the po­wer­train. The car al­so sounds dif­fe­rent be­cau­se we’re pur­suing new a­ve­nues in techno­lo­gy.”

Alt­hough it has been in­vol­ved with Te­am ABT S­cha­ef­fler sin­ce the start of For­mu­la E, this is the first y­e­ar of full Au­di fac­to­ry sup­port.

To sig­ni­fy the shift, t­he­re’s a new w­hi­te, green and black co­lour sche­me, along with mo­re four-ring mo­tifs on the bo­dy­work.

Lu­cas di Gras­si will li­ne up with #1 on his no­se, ha­ving won the tit­le last y­e­ar, whi­le te­am­ma­te Da­niel Abt will ra­ce as #66.

The 2017/18 For­mu­la E se­a­son starts in Hong Kong this De­cem­ber.

The first fac­to­ry-bac­ked For­mu­la E en­try from Au­di.

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