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New Audi e-tron FE05 Breaks Cover

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler unveils its Season Five challenger in digital launch…

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The new Audi e-tron FE05 that will defend the ABB FIA Formula E Championship teams’ championship was unveiled in a ‘digital launch’ event on Thursday.

The new design has completed its development testing phase with running largely conducted at both the Mallorca test facility and at Audi’s own track at Neuburg, Germany.

Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt were both confirmed to return as race drivers for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler at the Zurich E-Prix in June.

Nico Mueller is expected to continue in a test and development role but the team hasn’t confirmed this yet.

Audi says its new Gen 2 car has been “prepared meticulously for the new technical and strategic challenges.”

The team had poor reliability in the opening few races of the 2017-18 season when a tiny fault on a PCP part, believed to be from a memory board on some of its inverters, was found.

Audi bounced back with Abt winning Mexico City and di Grassi finishing first or second at each of the last seven races.

The new car’s drivetrain is a significant evolution of the outgoing car, while emphasis has been placed on weight reduction and increased efficiency.

“We retained the basic concept with one gear and at the same time refined the details and manufactured all of the parts,” said Audi Formula E project leader Tristan Summerscale.

“Ninety-five percent of the drivetrain parts are new and the engineers were able to shave ten percent off the weight.”

Abt is impressed with the performance, saying: “When I head out onto the racetrack with the other cars, I feel like I’m in a science fiction movie.

“Compared to its predecessor, the new model has a considerably more aggressive design.”

The team is expected to retain broadly the same sporting and technical structure, with Allan McNish continuing as team principal, working alongside Audi Sport boss Dieter Gass and Abt sporting director Thomas Biermaier.

Virgin Racing, which will use customer Audi powertrains this season, will launch its 2018-19 program at Silverstone on Friday.

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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

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Old Trombone

    October 4, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Er, one of the non-finishes in season 4 wasn’t “unreliability” and it’s quite misleading to say so. One of the non-“finishes” was because an I.D. placard on one of the regulated parts was incorrect. That kind of behavior is 80% just stupid mistake-making, but in 20% of cases it’s cheating. I’m sure Audi was just stupid that time. However, to cover it up makes it look like cheating. So you shouldn’t be covering it up, you should be honest about it.

    • Old Trombone

      October 4, 2018 at 10:28 am

      If I remember correctly, that incident is what led to Chiocchetti’s indignant departure and subsequent move to Audi nemesis HWA. This series of events makes it look like Chiocchetti got the blame put on him for the placard swap, and he feels that was absolutely wrong.

  2. ops30

    October 4, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Will the first race of the season just GET HERE ALREADY?!!

    Can’t wait to see these new cars in action.

  3. Mike S.

    October 4, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Can’t wait to hear them. When are they going to be autonomous? That will be the best.

  4. Russ C

    October 6, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Slot cars. They sound like a gaggle of electric drills.

    I’m glad historic races will still have the sounds, smells and feel of auto racing. I’m sure the electric car racing must be interesting, but it’s like, well, slot cars. Perhaps when a Tesla GT3 series is developed I’ll come around. Until then, it’s as exciting as golf.

    • Old Trombone

      October 7, 2018 at 10:28 am

      Heard it all before, a thousand times over. You’re as boring as golf, so go to their website and show them how stupid-rude you are.

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