Initially regarded with scepticism by some observers, the Formula E has firmly established itself in the world of motor racing. As the exclusive technology partner, Schaeffler was there right from the start and, in collaboration with the German team, has developed its own powertrain for the second season. The squad, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, takes on the international competition.
"The entire field of electromobility, including hybrid solutions and electrical drive, will greatly influence future mobility," states Prof. Peter Gutzmer, CTO at Schaeffler, describing the company’s commitment. "To temperatures, thanks to modified cooling. “Our engine has improved torque and better efficiency than its predecessor," says Prof. Peter Gutzmer. Just six months after initial discussions, the first parts were produced and sent off for testing. This was followed by countless hours on the computer, on test benches and on the race track. "The timing was tight, as it always is in motorsports, but we did it," says Gutzmer. After final tests in late August, the material and the four race cars were loaded up and transported by rail from Great Britain to China.
In late August at Donington (Great Britain), journalists from all over the world got their first glimpse of the new design and gained an exclusive insight into the technology of the ABT Schaeffler FE01. During the last official tests before the start of the new season, the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport squad unveiled its electric racer. And, of course, Schaeffler board member Prof. Peter Gutzmer, the two pilots Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, as well as team boss Hans-Jürgen Abt were there as well.
Linking all the elements is the redeveloped software, which is responsible for the interaction of all components. Perfecting the functionality took priority in the test drives.
Shaping Mobility for tomorrow – Schaeffler pursues this mission statement with a commitment to ‘E-racing’ in order to advance developments for daily life. The fast ambassadors for pioneering technologies are Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, who man the cockpits of the ABT Schaeffler FE 01. During their first season, the German-Brazilian duo clinched third overall in the teams’ classification.
Lucas di Grassi even battled for the drivers’ title to the very last of eleven rounds. No other pilot climbed the podium as often as the South American flying the Schaeffler colors. "Next season we want to fight for the title again. That was and still is our goal," says Lucas di Grassi, who in the past has competed in both Formula 1 and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. "With Paris we have a fantastic new venue on the calendar. And by developing our own drivetrain, the competition between teams is lifted to a whole new level."