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Audi, DS Strong Again in Calafat Test

The second group manufacturer test of the Gen 2 car came to an end on Thursday…

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The second group manufacturer test for the new Gen 2 ABB FIA Formula E Championship car ended on Thursday after two days of running at the Calafat test circuit in Spain.

All nine manufacturers were present at the test continuing initial running and first phases of development on the new car which will run for entire races without a pit stop next season.

Running was undertaken on Tuesday and Thursday, with Wednesday used as a rest day in order for teams to maintain and further understand their cars.

While official information was again limited from the test, e-racing365 understands that Audi and DS again completed a sizable amount of laps with Daniel Abt and Stephane Sarrazin, respectively.

“I was really excited about my first test and arrived in Spain with great expectations – and they were even surpassed,” said Abt.

“Driving is huge fun and the car marks a major step forward in every respect.

“On the race track, the Audi e-tron FE05 looks even more spectacular than it does on pictures. When you’re driving between other cars you almost feel like you’re in a science-fiction movie.”

Arthur Leclerc undertook his first-ever laps in a Formula E car on Tuesday as he shared the Venturi entry with Tom Dillmann, who is expected to be announced as Edoardo Mortara’s replacement at next month’s Berlin E-Prix shortly.

The Venturi team included a significant presence from ZF, the company which is building its Season Five powertrain and is also rumored to be supplying the soon to be announced HWA squad.

Most teams, including Audi, endured stoppages during the days as teams tested various aspects of the new package.

Mahindra used Nick Heidfeld on Tuesday and Felix Rosenqvist on Thursday, while Jaguar gave Mitch Evans his first experience of the Gen 2 car.

BMW had a significant engineering presence at the track and completed both days of the test with Bruno Spengler, while Dragon gave its duties to test driver Maximilian Guenther on Tuesday and Jose Maria Lopez on Thursday in the Penske EV-3.

E.dams elected to use Sebastien Buemi on Tuesday before the Swiss driver left to attend the launch of the Zurich E-Prix. Nicolas Prost took over the seat in what will be Nissan’s first Formula E car.

NIO put the first miles on its new car, which Oliver Turvey tested on both days.

The British driver reported that first impressions of the car were “very positive; it looks fantastic and is a clear step forward in terms of performance. But now the real works starts.”

NIO implemented a nightshift team at the test to ensure its new car was able to extract the maximum from its first running.

A possible third collective test at Michelin’s Ladoux facility in France is still undecided but e-racing365 believes that this is now less likely to take place.

The teams now have 15 days of private testing but these must be completed before Oct. 1.

Six filming days, of which three can be on-track and limited to 50 km of running, must be completed by Dec. 31.

Manufacturers supplying one or more teams with a customer powertrain are entitled to an extra seven days of testing.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. WBrowning

    April 20, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Why is this link on sportscar365? If you don’t cover Formula 1 you needn’t cover Formula E either. If I wanted to watch electric cars I’d get my old Scalextric slot car set out of the closet.

    • MCD

      April 20, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      I’ll counter WBrowning’s comment: Gen2 FE cars now have fenders and run on road courses. Sounds like they belong here. I want to hear about the latest in electric racing, because the future interests me more than the past. FYI: I’ve been in the sport for 40 years, not a kid.

  2. Sir Skidsalot

    April 20, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    If that is the case, they are no longer formula cars, they are sports cars and should have their name changed or loose the fenders.

  3. GrimBrother One

    April 20, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Keep it coming, 365, love the coverage. Plus, my browser has this cool feature that lets me keep scrolling and/or not click on articles that might not fit my fancy. Pretty rad!

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