Formula E set for Santiago
2/1/18 / Warm-Up / Formula E
As part of its world tour, Formula E is stopping in South America, holding race four of the 2017/2018 season in Santiago de Chile. With the Chilean capital impressively marking the 17th metropolis to host the racing series since its inaugural event in 2014, Formula E once again proves how hot a topic electric mobility has become around the globe.
Formula E will be racing on the newly designed Parque Forestal Ciudad De Santiago. The 2,470-kilometer circuit has a varied layout in store, including twelve corners and a river crossing. The two drivers of Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt, have already demonstrated their ability to win, achieving top times during practice, qualifying rounds and previous races at events in Hong Kong and Marrakesh.
Schaeffler’s strong presence in South America
Although Formula E will be in Chile for the first time, the South American market is by no means new to Schaeffler. Its site in Brazil, which will celebrate 60 years of operations this year, has 3,500 employees. Schaeffler also has sales offices in Colombia, Chile, Peru and Argentina. The office in Argentina was first established back in 1970, with a new office recently opened to further expand its business.
Twelve races at ten events on five continents – the calendar of the innovative Formula E electric racing series is more extensive this season than ever before. Three locations – Rome, Santiago de Chile and Zurich – are hosting Formula E races for the first time. The schedule at each event is tight: free practice, qualifying and the race(s) take place within the space of just a few hours.
Since the 2014/2015 inaugural Formula E season, Schaeffler has been emphasizing its position as a pioneer in electric mobility on the race track as well. Ever since the technical regulations began to provide greater latitude for the 2015/2016 season, specialists from Schaeffler have been involved in the development of the powertrain for the team’s race car. The new Audi e-tron FE04 for the 2017/2018 season also incorporates technology “made by Schaeffler”. Together with Audi, engineers of the technology group developed the centerpiece of the vehicle: the combination of the motor and transmission.