Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Audi unveils the e-tron FE04 Formula E racer

Audi e-tron FE04 Audi Reveals New Formula E Racer, The E-Tron FE04
Freda Brock | 28 September, 2017, 23:40

The Audi Formula E race vehicle encases an all-new drivetrain co-engineered by Audi and Schaeffler.

Audi revealed its first factory-entered Formula E auto for the 2017/2018 season on Wednesday and gave it the e-tron name previously used on its LMP1 entry. Teams are allowed to develop their own powertrains, and Audi did exactly that, opting to mate the car's electric motors to a single-speed transmissions - other teams tend to use transmissions with multiple gears.

The auto will be driven by Brazilian Lucas di Grassi, who won the 2016/17 Formula E championship as part of the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team, and Daniel Abt from Germany.

Power is restricted to 200kW during practice and qualifying and 170kW in race mode, so most development is focused on making the powertrain lighter and more efficient.

China limits oil, bans textile trade to N Korea
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"Together with our technology partner Schaeffler, we have developed a completely new powertrain", noted Dieter Gass, Head of Audi Motorsport.

On the outside, the auto features a new livery with white, metallic green and black as the colours.

Reigning FE champion Lucas di Grassi, who drove the auto onto the stage at Audi's official launch event on Wednesday night, will adopt the number one for the coming season. There are also new wheels and a carbon fiber housing for the powertrain, all of which have been developed in-house. Scottish former racing driver and Audi representative Allan McNish will be the team principal from this season onwards. More interestingly, he alluded to the sound (a touchy point in motorsport of late), "the vehicle also sounds different because we're pursuing new avenues in technology". Joining the Brazilian in the sister auto is Daniel Abt, who has also featured in each season of the Formula since its inception.

The first round of the fourth Formula E season gets underway in Hong Kong on 2 December. After that it will be at the test sessions in Valencia, Spain for FE pre-season testing.

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