Candles in Hongkong

08.03.2019 / Warm-Up, Formula E

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Following a spectacular finish in Mexico City with a happy ending for Schaeffler driver Lucas di Grassi, the Formula E will celebrate its 50th race in Hongkong this weekend.

The race marks a motorsport milestone for Schaeffler as the German automotive and industrial supplier has been involved in Formula E since its inaugural race in the fall of 2014. “We can be proud of all the things we’ve achieved during this time. And by that I not only mean the eleven victories and two titles for our Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team but everything that Formula E has achieved as a whole,” says Prof. Peter Gutzmer, Deputy CEO and Chief Technology Officer of Schaeffler AG.

A proud record
In the 2016/2017 season, di Grassi had won the drivers’ title in Formula E and in 2017/2018, together with his teammate, Daniel Abt, clinched the teams’ title. In the current 2018/2019 season, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler has scored one race victory to date. After the season’s four rather chaotic races, dominated by collisions and batteries running empty, fans will be curious to follow events on the Hongkong track. Here, Formula E is racing for the third time. The circuit weaves through the city’s skyscrapers, passing right through the harbor district.

Chasing the underdogs
Di Grassi will try and carry the momentum from Mexico on to Asia. But he is not the only one keen to get ahead. Underdogs like Jérôme D‘Ambrosio, António Félix da Costa und Sam Bird are at the top of the ranking. Former Champions like Jean-Éric Vergne (8th) and Sébastien Buemi (13th) can hardly be content with their ranking.

Schaeffler in Formula E
Schaeffler is one of the co-founders and one of the most notable and successful players in Formula E. The firm has been contributing its know-how to the development of the powertrain since 2015. In doing so, Schaeffler demonstrates its expertise in forward-thinking technologies and presents ideas for sustainable mobility for tomorrow in the innovative electric racing series.

New technology
The new Audi e-tron FE05 was meticulously developed by Audi Sport and Schaeffler with the new technical and strategic challenges in mind. The motor-generator unit named Audi Schaeffler MGU03, the centerpiece of the Audi e-tron FE05, was jointly developed by the two technology partners. 95 percent of all powertrain components are new, having resulted in weight savings of ten percent. Two Audi e-tron FE05 cars are fielded by the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler factory team for Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt.