Audi Will Be The First German Manufacturer To Join Formula E
Ever since Formula E’s inaugural season in 2014, Audi has lent its name and support to ABT Sportsline’s team, eventually even providing financial and technical support.
Now Audi has taken it to the next step, taking over ABT Sportsline’s entry slot and officially taking on a complete factory commitment, which will be named Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. This marks Audi as the first German manufacturer to have a team in Formula E.
Dr. Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, Audi AG, stated:
“We’ve been supporting the Formula E commitment with increasing intensity in recent months – on the race days, in the development of the new powertrain and in numerous off-track activities as well.
That Audi will be the first German automobile manufacturer to be actively involved in the racing series starting next season is also a clear commitment of our brand to electric mobility, on the race track as of December and next year on the road as well with the new Audi e-tron.”
The Formula E season kicks off on December 2 in Hong Kong, and will feature races in both North and South America, Rome, Paris, Africa, and other global locations.
On July 15th and 16th, Formula E will hold a race in Manhattan before finishing up the final two rounds of the current season in Montreal. Currently, ABT Schaeffler and their driver, Lucas di Grassi, are ranked in second place for both the drivers’ and teams’ standings.
The head of AudiMotorsport, Dieter Gass, says:
“Formula E delivers spectacular motorsport in the hearts of fascinating cities and is a tremendous stage to present electric mobility and motorsport in their most emotive forms.
We’re currently seeing an extremely exciting season with a gripping title race. I’m happy that now everything has been put on track for a successful future too.”