Switzerland makes historic exception for the Formula E
6/8/18 / Formula E
With a forward-looking mobility system, Zurich is seeking to lower CO2-emissions and shift traffic to footpaths and bike lanes. A sustainable, low-emissions car race is just the right event to support such efforts and raise awareness for tomorrow’s technologies.
Following the 1955 tragedy at Le Mans, circuit races were banned in Switzerland for more than 60 years. Formula E is the first series to receive a racing permit again – a strong statement that motorsport makes a great contribution to the future of mobility.
Through the financial district to the lake
The cars will race on a 2.465-kilometer temporary circuit along Lake Zurich, passing through the financial district and the city center on their way. About an hour’s drive east of Zurich, in Romanshorn on Lake Constance, Schaeffler operates a sales office with some 30 employees.
Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is traveling to Zurich in great shape. Since the fifth race in Mexico at least one of the two drivers, Daniel Abt or Lucas di Grassi, has been on podium. The team experienced its highlight of the season in Berlin: Local hero Abt achieved the rare feat of scoring a “triple,” consisting of pole position, victory and the fastest lap. Di Grassi completed a perfect weekend as runner-up.
Twelve races at ten events on five continents – the calendar of the innovative Formula E electric racing series is as extensive this season as never 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 take place within the space of just a few hours.
Technology “made by Schaeffler”
Schaeffler has been engaged in Formula E for years, highlighting its position as a pioneer in e-mobility. Learn more about what drives us, our Formula E activities and the innovative technologies “made by Schaeffler” here.