Formula E Berlin Home round for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in Berlin
2019-05-22 | Herzogenaurach
- Round ten of the 2018/2019 fully electric racing series
- More than 400 Schaeffler employees to support their team trackside
- Closest title race in Formula E remains completely open
The tenth of 13 Formula E rounds in 2018/2019 to be held in Berlin this Saturday marks the season’s pinnacle event for Schaeffler: a home round feeling in Germany. “I’m tremendously excited about it!” says Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver Daniel Abt. The local hero from Kempten had gone down in Formula E history in the Berlin race the year before: pole position, fastest race lap and a lights-to-flag victory ahead of his Brazilian teammate, Lucas di Grassi. “Simply unforgettable! Now we’re going to give our all to celebrate on the podium again in Berlin,” says Daniel Abt.
On the premises of the former Tempelhof airport, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi are going to enjoy special support by more than 400 Schaeffler employees again. As before, their “colleagues” from various Schaeffler locations will form the so-called Green Wall in a dedicated grandstand. In this way, Schaeffler demonstrates its vibrant global team spirit also at the race track. “I can hardly wait to race in front of the all-green wall again and to battle for success,” says Lucas di Grassi, looking forward to Berlin with eager anticipation.
Most recently, in Monaco, the reigning teams’ champions went home empty-handed: Lucas di Grassi was pushed off track by a rival and Daniel Abt retrospectively lost his eighth place due to a time penalty for having caused a collision. This season has seen them clinch four podium finishes: one victory and one second place for di Grassi and two third places for Abt. The so far closest title race in Formula E remains completely open: in the first nine rounds, there were eight different winners. With a 17-point deficit, Lucas di Grassi currently sits in fifth position of the standings. 25 points are awarded for a victory.
This is Formula E
Formula E is an FIA-sanctioned motor racing series for fully electric cars. In 2018/2019, Formula E season five, eleven teams and 22 drivers are on the grid. Formula E races worldwide on temporary circuits in the hearts of metropolises such as Hong Kong, Berlin and New York City. From December 15, 2018, until July 14, 2019, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is holding 13 rounds at twelve venues. Each race lasts 45 minutes, plus one lap.
Schaeffler in Formula E
Schaeffler is one of the co-founders and one of the most notable and successful players in Formula E, which was established in 2014. In 2016/2017, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler won the drivers’ title (Lucas di Grassi) and in 2017/2018, the teams’ title (Lucas di Grassi/Daniel Abt). Schaeffler has been contributing its know-how to the development of the powertrain of Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s race cars since 2015. In doing so, the company demonstrates its expertise in forward-thinking technologies and presents ideas for sustainable mobility for tomorrow in the innovative electric racing series as well.
The new Formula E technology
In season five, Formula E is entering its second era. The most conspicuous innovation for 2018/2019 going forward: Every driver has only one race car anymore. The reason is that the second-generation cars mark the end of the mid-race car swaps previously required at each Formula E event because the battery capacity is now sufficient for the entire race distance. New as well starting this season is the cars’ futuristic design without a rear wing, plus the Halo protection system above the cockpit.
The Audi e-tron FE05 was meticulously developed by Audi Sport and Schaeffler with the new technical and strategic challenges in mind. The motor-generator unit named Audi Schaeffler MGU03, the centerpiece of the Audi e-tron FE05, was jointly developed by the two technology partners. 95 percent of all powertrain components are new, having resulted in weight savings of ten percent. Two Audi e-tron FE05 cars are fielded by the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler factory team for Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt.
Publisher: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
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