For­mula E is headed for its sec­ond sea­son.

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The fi­nal pre-sea­son tests have taken at Don­ing­ton (GB) and the fully elec­tric sin­gle-seater cars com­pet­ing in For­mula E will be loaded and shipped to Bei­jing to start the race – and a new era in moto rsport will be­gin for Scha­ef­fler.

As the ex­clu­sive tech­nol­ogy part­ner of Team ABT Sportsline, the com­pany has de­vel­oped the pow­er­train of the new ABT Scha­ef­fler FE01.

While in the For­mula E’s inau­gu­ral sea­son all the teams were still com­pet­ing with stan­dard­spec­i­fi­ca­tion cars, the de­vel­op­ment of the en­tire pow­er­train has been al­lowed for the 2015/2016 sea­son. Its core el­e­ment is the ABT Scha­ef­fler MGU 01elec­tric mo­tor.

“The pro­ject was fo­cused on achiev­ing the best pos­si­ble ef­fi­ciency, high re­li­a­bil­ity and op­ti­mal ther­mal man­age­ment due to mod­i­fied cool­ing. Our mo­tor has bet­ter torque and bet­ter ef­fi­ciency than its pre­de­ces­sor,” says Prof. Peter Gutzmer, who as chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer is re­spon­si­ble for the de­vel­op­ments at Scha­ef­fler, and was faced with a tight sched­ule:

“The first meet­ings took place about 10 months ago and, only half a year later, the first parts were pro­duced. The tim­ing is tight, as al­ways in mo­tor spors, but we’re on sched­ule.”

Scha­ef­fler also de­vel­oped a new trans­mis­sion that is co­or­di­nated with the mo­tor and was pro­duced by the com­pany’s part­ner Hew­land ac­cord­ing to spe­cial spec­i­fi­ca­tions. It is stiffer and more com­pact.

To achieve the goal of min­imis­ing the num­ber of shifts per lap, the engi­neers opted for a three-speed gear­box. The sus­pen­sion has been op­ti­mised as well, and now fea­tures higher stiff­ness and im­proved

kine­mat­ics. The con­nect­ing link be­tween all the el­e­ments is the newly de­vel­oped soft­ware that man­ages the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween all the com­po­nents. The per­fec­tion of its func­tion­al­ity has been one of the fo­cal as­pects of the tests.

“For us, it was clear from the be­gin­ning that we wouldn’t do any­thing by halves. That’s why we looked at all the ar­eas re­leased by the reg­u­la­tions and de­vel­oped op­ti­mised so­lu­tions of our own, to­gether with our part­ners,” says Prof. Gutzmer.

“This is a stan­dard to which Scha­ef­fler is com­mit­ted out­side mo­tor sport as well. Elec­tric mo­bil­ity as a whole, in­clud­ing hy­brid so­lu­tions as well as fully elec­tric driv­ing, will sig­nif­i­cantly de­fine mo­bil­ity of the fu­ture. The For­mula E com­mit­ment is an ideal way of be­ing at the fore­front of this tech­nol­ogy and sets an ex­am­ple: we want our engi­neers to push lim­its and to seek com­pe­ti­tion – in pro­duc­tion just like in mo­tor sport.”

Scha­ef­fler has been in­volved in For­mula E as a part­ner of the only Ger­man team from day one, and is now tak­ing the next step. “The col­lab­o­ra­tion with ABT Sportsline is out­stand­ing. The team gelled in the first sea­son, goes about its work in a pro­fes­sional and suc­ces­sori­ented man­ner, and is the per­fect am­bas­sador for our vi­sion of ‘Mo­bil­ity for to­mor­row,’ says Gutzmer.

With the driv­ers the squad that has of­fi­cially been en­tered un­der the name of ABT Scha­ef­fler Audi Sport’ has opted for con­ti­nu­ity as well. Sit­ting in the elec­tric "ABT Scha­ef­fler FE01 race cars will again be Daniel Abt (22) and Lu­cas di Grassi (31), who took third place in the teams’ clas­si­fi­ca­tion in the first sea­son.

Lu­cas di Grassi was in con­tention for the driv­ers’ ti­tle up to the last of the 11 races. No other race driver mounted the podium dur­ing the sea­son as of­ten as the South Amer­i­can.

Fol­low­ing the sea­son opener in Asia, For­mula E will be em­bark­ing on a world tour of South and North Amer­ica and Europe. The round in the heart of France’s cap­i­tal Paris will be new on the cal­en­dar, while the team’s home round will be held in Ber­lin on May 21 2016. For the fi­nale, the 20 driv­ers will be meet­ing in Lon­don on the first week­end in July.

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