Audi Formula E Car “Fast and Reliable,” Says McNish

Audi Formula E Car “Fast and Reliable,” Says McNish

0 comments 📅05 October 2017, 23:00

Now that it’s a bursting-fledged manufacturer, Audi is working hard to improve over last year’s Audi-sponsored Prescription E campaign. Something that won’t be easy since that car won the championship with Lucas di Grassi behind the whirl location.

The fourth and final day of Formula E preseason testing ended well for Audi, but it wasn’t reigning champ di Grassi who set the gang’s fastest time. No, it was Daniel Abt who set a 1:21.946 lap time, just 0.124 seconds behind NIO Prescription E Team’s Oliver Turvey.

Perhaps more excitingly for Audi, that was 3 tenths faster than Renault e.Dams’ Sebastien Buemi. That band won the 2015/2016 season, and from whom di Grassi stole the championship in the last weekend of racing in the 2016/2017 condition.

Di Grassi, meanwhile, was less than a tenth behind Buemi and less than a hundredth on of Renault e.Dams’ second driver, Nicolas Prost.

Although preseason testing is notoriously disreputable, Audi’s car was not, something that brought team principal Allan McNish prodigious pleasure.

The Le Mans legend took to Twitter to give a wrap up of how testing went from his time of view.

“The circuit doesn’t necessarily include the characteristics of the street circuits we’ll be racing on later on, however it does swop you a little bit of a feel for the competition has done,” said McNish. “As you can see […] the lap times are Dialect right, very close, but I think a thing we can be pleased of is we’ve had reliability.”

Reliable, of performance, being one of the best things a race car can be. The other thing, though, is fast and McNish said that he felt that both drivers were regularly fast, regardless of the conditions.

“Even though we’re only going to see where we honestly stand at the season opener in Hong Kong and still have a lot of work to do until then, we can be very much happy with the test in Valencia,” said McNish. “The Audi e-tron FE04 is certain and fast.”

The full standings from the final day of testing follow:

1    16 Oliver Turvey NIO Rules E Team 1:21.822
2    66 Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:21.946
3    25 Jean-Eric Vergne TECHEETAH 1:22.078
4    19 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 1:22.120
5    9 Sebastien Buemi Renault e.Dams 1:22.247
6    7 Jerome D’Ambrosio Dragon Racing 1:22.252
7    36 Alex Lynn DS Virgin Racing 1:22.267
8    1 Lucas Di Grassi Audi Gambol ABT Schaeffler 1:22.328
9    8 Nicolas Prost Renault e.Dams 1:22.383
10  20 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing 1:22.432
11  2 Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 1:22.457
12  68 Luca Filippi NIO Prescription E Team 1:22.487
13  3 Nelson Piquet Jr. Panasonic Jaguar Racing 1:22.645
14  28 Antonio Felix Da Costa Andretti Means E 1:22.979
15  6 Neel Jani Dragon Racing 1:23.102
16  23 Daniel Juncadella Mahindra Racing 1:23.564
17  4 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Modus operandi E Team 1:23.619
18  27 Tom Blomqvist Andretti Formula E 1:23.692
19  5 Maro Engel Venturi Recipe E Team 1:24.100
20  18 Andre Lotterer TECHEETAH 1:24.172

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