Audi to extend involvement in 2016-2017 Formula E

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Text: / Photos: Audi | posted September 07, 2016 07:23

To strengthen partnership as a factory entity

Since the beginning of the 2014-2015 Formula E season, Audi Sport has been giving its name to the team. As cooperation, they team were able to use Audi Sport’s property located in Neuburg as well as Audi's factory driver for Brazillian Luca di Grassi.

Now, for the 2016/2017 season, Audi is going to further increase involvement of their existing partnership with Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport through financial and technical support. Audi Sport will be joining the development step by step on the road toward a fully-fledged factory commitment.

“Audi has consistently been using motorsport to test and develop new technologies further for subsequent use in production. With quattro drive we revolutionized rally racing and subsequently set standards in circuit racing as well. In the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi was the first manufacturer to have achieved victories with a TFSI engine, a TDI and a hybrid race car, so writing motorsport history on several occasions. Now we intend to repeat this in fully electric racing. Formula E with its races being held in the hearts of major cities is an ideal stage for this purpose and Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport a logical partner for us,” said Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport.

This commitment will be visible to the fans as well with the four rings on the sides and the rear wings of the ABT Schaeffler FE02. And for the first time next week, from September 5 to 7, the fully electric single-seater race cars will be fitted in their new liveries on the race track at the Donington Park in UK where the final tests will be held before the Formula E season starts in Hong Kong.

Currently, the 2016-2017 Formula E season calendar features twelve races in ten international metropolises. On June 10, 2017, the electric racing series will be in Berlin. Meanwhile, the two final races will be held in New York (USA) on July 29-30, 2017.