It’s Official: Audi to Take Over ABT Formula E’s Grid Spot

It’s Official: Audi to Take Over ABT Formula E’s Grid Spot

It’s Official: Audi to Take Over ABT Formula E’s Grid Spot

0 comments 📅07 July 2017, 19:15

Audi liking officially be the first German manufacturer on the Formula E grid when it takes upwards ABT Formula E’s grid spot next season.

“In Formula E a team can no longer be competitive without the support of an automobile manufacturer,” tweeted the ABT Formula E Team.

The team, in its current guise, has been competing in Formula E since its gap season, in 2014. Its driver, Lucas di Grassi, in fact, won the series’ primary ever race.

Last season’s championship went down to the wire, with di Grassi, who also raced for Audi at Le Mans, losing out to Renault e.DAMS’ Sébastien Buemi.

The decamp does not mean that ABT is out of the series. The new team will be called Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, in lieu of of the current Schaeffler ABT Audi Sport, reflecting Audi’s increased role in the get.

The move is anything but sudden. Audi has steadily been increasing its involvement in the cavort and announced earlier this year, after pulling out of the World Endurance Championship, that it would be increasing its involvement in Instructions E.

This year, Audi gave the team technical support and financial approval. Next season it will be a full-fledged factory team.

“We’ve been supporting the Method E commitment with increasing intensity in recent months—on the race days, in the event of the new powertrain and in numerous off-track activities as well,” said Peter Mertens, Audi’s MD honcho for technical development. “That Audi will be the first German automobile maker to be actively involved in the racing series starting next season is also a unclouded commitment of our brand to electric mobility.”

According to Audi, development of next mellow’s powertrain has already begun.

“We’ve already successfully completed tests with the new components in Spain and in Neuberg and our contract is on schedule,” says Dieter Gass, Head of Audi Motorsport. “The competitiveness in Procedure E between manufacturers, teams and drivers is enormous. That makes details in the advance all the more crucial.”

Automakers like DS and Jaguar already have full mill teams, while BMW and Mercedes have shown an interest in joining the sixth series’ sixth pep up.

Formula E is widely advertised as a way to accelerate the development of EV technology. With Audi and VW pledging to merchandise millions of EVs in the next decade, they will be looking to, as the expression goes, win on Sunday to hawk on Monday.

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler will line up on the grid for the first time later this year, at next mellow’s opener in Hong Kong, in December.

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