Stories from Schaeffler: Motorsports

Welcome to the Future of Motorsport

Though many spectators initially took a critical view of Formula E, it has now firmly established itself in the world of motorsport. Schaeffler has been involved from the very beginning and, as an exclusive technology partner again for the third season, has developed its own electric drive train together with the only German team in the series. This team – ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport – is stepping up to take on international competition.


Formula E is a Test Bed for the Development of Sophisticated Automobile Drive Technologies

Electric mobility as a whole – which includes hybrid solutions and fully-electric driving – will play a decisive role in shaping the future of mobility. Schaeffler has been providing innovative solutions and concepts for the mobility of tomorrow for years, and its involvement in Formula E is another important key factor.

In the series’ debut season held in 2014/15, all of the teams had to use standard vehicles. Since the second season, the regulations have allowed the teams to develop their own drive trains, which means that various technical concepts are now competing against each other. The differences lie in the electric machine, including the power electronics, transmission, rear axle, cooling system, and corresponding software. This means Formula E has become an important test bed for the development of sophisticated automobile drive technologies, which is also true for Schaeffler.

As the exclusive technology partner, Schaeffler has also developed the electric drive train for the third and latest season. “We feel fully prepared for the challenges facing us in this third season”, says Schaeffler CTO Prof. Peter Gutzmer, who is responsible for Formula E and has been a driving force behind it since the very beginning.

A significant proportion of the second season’s numerous successes were down to our drive train, so it was immediately clear that we would continue to rely on our proven concept while at the same time continuing to develop every aspect of each component.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Gutzmer, Chief Technology Officer

“For the new season, we have made additional improvements to the drive’s torque strength and efficiency, as well as further reducing its weight. We have retained the same three-speed transmission, which we have also further optimized in terms of efficiency and fast shifting times”, adds Dr. Simon Opel, Director Special Projects Motorsports at Schaeffler.

Learn more about electric mobility at Schaeffler

SEASON III (2016/2017)

Another World Tour for Formula E

The third Formula E season will again cover the whole world: From Asia through North and South America all the way to Europe. The new season, which is set to begin on October 9 in Hong Kong, will see twelve races held in ten different cities. New race locations that have been added to the schedule this time around include Marrakesh, Brussels, New York, and Montreal, where the final two races will take place in July 2017. A hometown race for the German team will also take place in Berlin on June 10, 2017.

Race Calendar

October 9, 2016: Hong Kong (China)

A Formula E premiere in the Asian megacity. The course runs through the harbor area with the worldfamous Skyline as a backdrop.

November 12, 2016: Marrakesh (Morocco)

With the first race in the “Red City”, Formula E visits a fourth continent: Africa. A picturesque setting for Formula E.

February 18, 2017: Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Argentinean motorsport enthusiasts have already been treated to two action-packed Formula E races at this venue. To be continued …

April 1, 2017 : Mexico City (Mexico)

Mexico City hosts the only race to run on a permanent racetrack, and at an altitude of 2,500 meters, it’s the highest venue. Fans witnessed a spectacular debut here last season.

May 13, 2017: Monaco

In its very first season, Formula E raced through the streets of the Monegasque Principality. Now, in season three, the electric race cars are making a comeback. The course is a shorter version of the traditional world-famous Grand Prix track.

May 20, 2017: Paris (France)

At just 1.9-kilometers in length, the racetrack around the historic Les Invalides is very short – ideal for the masses of fans. Lucas di Grassi won last year’s race here.

June 10, 2017: Berlin (Germany)

Last year, the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team clinched a maiden double podium for Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt on home turf in Germany’s capital. Repeat performance welcome …

July 1, 2017: Brussels (Belgium)

The last three ePrix are held in cities in which Formula E has never raced before. First up is Brussels – the seat of the European Union parliament.

July 15/16, 2017: New York (USA)

This is the first time a FIA automobile race is held in the middle of New York … with not only one but two races – on Saturday and again on Sunday – in the legendary port district of Brooklyn.

July 29/30, 2017: Montreal (Canada)

Just like in New York, Montreal hosts a double-header at the final weekend of the 2016/2017 season. The multicultural metropolis on the St. Lawrence River, where French is the official language, is crazy about motor racing.

Eurosport will be broadcasting the action from all twelve races

The Hong Kong ePrix is not just the start of the new season for Schaeffler and FIA Formula E – Eurosport will also be there broadcasting the action from all twelve races live and exclusively for German-speaking territories. On Tuesday nights, the channel will also be broadcasting its own 45-minute Formula E program with highlights from the weekend’s races.

Formula E program on Eurosport

High-speed Ambassadors in the Cockpit

Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt

The ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team has two fast, technically proficient ambassadors in the cockpit in the guise of experienced Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi and youngster Daniel Abt. In the second season, the German-Brazilian duo secured ten podium finishes in ten races, including three victories, and finished second in the team rankings at the end of the season. Lucas di Grassi and Sébastien Buemi of Renault e.dams also fought down to the wire in their bid to become Formula E champion.

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