After the exit of Audi from the long world Cup, and the related withdrawal from the 24-hour distance race in Le Mans has been rumored about the Motorsport Department of the brand sets. Now it is clear: in addition to the DTM involvement, Audi will make in the future a factory team in the formula E.
The basis of the existing cooperation with the Abt-Sportsline Team. There, Audi is in 2014, the namesake and, with Lucas di Grassi, one of its factory drivers. At the same time, the partnership was strengthened financially and technically. As the last step of the full plant deployment is now done for the season 2017/18. It begins at 2. December 2017, in Hong Kong.
The electric-use of the Audi is not chosen without thought, because 2018 will come with the e-tron is the first large series of power car of the Ingolstadt-based company on the market. Together with the supplier, Schaeffler Audi developed the new powertrain for the formula E car. The free spaces in the formula E are currently available for all manufacturers on the engine, the transmission, the respective suspension parts and the Software is limited. Audi Motorsport boss Dieter Gass sees this as the challenge: "The power density in the formula, E is enormously high. This makes the Details in the development all the more crucial." More crucially, another factor is likely to be: While it was easy to derive the Le-Mans-Audi last hardly any references to the series, should you try to link to formula E and e-tron. For this reason, Jaguar is starting this season as a factory team in formula 1.(rh)