ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport FE02 ready for a new season in Formula E; MGU01+ improved motor/transmission unit
Testing of the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport FE02 racer marks the beginning of final preparations for the new season of Formula E, which launches with its first race in Hong Kong on 9 October. ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport will enter the seasons with an improved powertrain and with Audi as a new partner. (Earlier post.)
The new ABT Schaeffler MGU01+ drive unit is based on the combination of electric motor and transmission from the successful season two model: in ten races both drivers picked up ten podium positions, of which three were victories. The engineers from the exclusive technology partner, Schaeffler, have concentrated on further improving the torque strength and efficiency of drive. On top of this, the weight has been further reduced. The transmission features three gears, and it has been further optimized in its efficiency and shift times.
The beginning of the new season coincides with Audi becoming another partner of the team. The brand is intensifying its existing partnership through financial and technical support. For the 2017/2018 season, on the road toward a fully-fledged factory commitment, Audi Sport will be joining the development step-by-step in close cooperation with technology partner Schaeffler.
Audi’s involvement is good news for the team and underlines Formula E’s significance in the world of motorsport, especially as a global stage and test laboratory for electric mobility. The cooperation with the team at ABT as well as with the two drivers, Lucas and Daniel, was and is excellent in all areas. I am very pleased that we can now continue the powertrain development together with Audi Sport, who will take over the overall development process.—Prof. Peter Gutzmer, the Chief Technical Officer who is responsible for Formula E at Schaeffler