On y va! Formula E to electrify France’s capital city


Never before in the history of Formula E has a title fight been as close and competitive as it has been this season. The eighth race of the season will now be held in the French capital. Team Audi ABT Schaeffler, however, has a good track record to show at the Paris circuit, and is looking forward to the Saturday, April 27 race.

The fourth visit of Formula E in Paris is all about competition. In the first seven races of the current season, there were seven different winners - a fact that is particularly noticeable in the standings. With the second race of the European Tour in Paris the hot phase in the fight for the trophies begins. “The high level of suspense this racing series delivers with the cars of the second Formula E generation is fantastic,” says Prof. Peter Gutzmer, Deputy CEO and Chief Technology Officer of the Schaeffler Group. “In doing so, Formula E emphasizes its pioneering role in innovative motor racing, while being a perfect ambassador of mobility for tomorrow.”

Past successes to spur future triumphs

The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is traveling to Paris with fond memories. In 2016, Lucas di Grassi won Formula E’s first race in France’s capital city. Last year, the Brazilian finished second on the circuit around the Dôme des Invalides. The race track in the center of the city features 14 turns in total. And fans and race drivers alike will be able to continue to look forward to Formula E races in France’s mega metropolis: Just recently, the Formula E racing series extended its agreement with Paris by three more years, until 2022.

This is Formula E

Formula E is a FIA-sanctioned motor racing series for fully electric cars. In 2018/2019, Formula E season five, eleven teams and 22 drivers are on the grid. Formula E races worldwide on temporary circuits in the hearts of metropolises such as Hong Kong, Berlin and New York City. From December 15, 2018 until July 14, 2019, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is holding 13 rounds at twelve venues. Each race lasts 45 minutes, plus one lap.

Schaeffler in Formula E

Schaeffler is one of the co-founders and one of the most notable and successful players in Formula E. In the 2016/2017 season, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler won the drivers’ title (Lucas di Grassi) and in the following season, it won the teams’ title (Lucas di Grassi/Daniel Abt). Schaeffler has been contributing its know-how to the development of the powertrain since 2015. In doing so, the company demonstrates its expertise in forward-thinking technologies and presents ideas for sustainable mobility for tomorrow in the innovative electric racing series. 

New technology

Formula E is entering a new era. The most conspicuous innovation for this season is that every driver has only one race car. The second-generation cars mark the end of the mid-race car swaps previously required as the battery capacity is now sufficient for the entire race. The cars’ futuristic design without a rear wing and the Halo protection system above the cockpit is also new.