Late final yr Audi introduced its departure from the FIA World Endurance Championship in favor of the all-electric FIA System E racing collection. Now, we’re getting our first have a look at the automotive it’s going to run below the Crew Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler title.
The Audi e-tron FE04 is the automaker’s first all-electric racecar. It had already labored with Crew ABT Schaeffler prior to now, however this marks the automaker’s first foray into System E with its personal works workforce. The workforce’s two drivers will probably be Lucas di Grassi, final yr’s champion, and Daniel Abt. Allan McNish will oversee Audi’s efforts as workforce principal.
You may assume System E vehicles can be silent, however tires and transmissions make a great deal of noise, too.
Whereas most System E vehicles look related, the e-tron FE04 sports activities a brand new livery that is a bit simpler on the eyes than ABT Schaeffler’s mish-mash of colours and types. Groups are allowed to develop their very own powertrains, and Audi did precisely that, opting to mate the automotive’s electrical motors to a single-speed transmissions — different groups have a tendency to make use of transmissions with a number of gears.
“Along with our expertise associate Schaeffler, now we have developed a totally new powertrain,” says Dieter Gass, head of Audi Motorsport, in an announcement. “You’ll be able to instantly inform this by wanting on the new carbon housing of the powertrain. The automotive additionally sounds completely different as a result of we’re pursuing new avenues in expertise.”
The general public will get to see the e-tron FE04 in motion beginning in Hong Kong on Dec. 2, with the season persevering with into 2018. For those who occur to be in Austria this weekend or Valencia subsequent week, although, you possibly can catch an early on-track glimpse as Audi continues testing its newest workhorse.
FIA System E is in contrast to another racing collection, method or in any other case. The vehicles are all electrical, and as a way to fight vary points, drivers should change vehicles sooner or later in the course of the race. They do not swap batteries, which might introduce an entire new host of problems — it is simpler to simply hop out of 1 automotive and sidle proper into one other.