Audi’s first factory-team Formula E car is christened as e-tron FE04; uses a completely new powertrain
Audi has revealed its first factory entered Formula E racing car for the 2017-18 season and it comes christened as e-tron FE04. This electric powered single-seater racing car from Audi gets a new livery that appears different from last season’s Red, Yellow and Green design. The German automaker claims this car uses a completely new powertrain and it gets a new single-speed transmission as well.
Speaking about the new car’s livery, it wears a White base paint with Green and Black accents at different places. The Audi e-tron FE04 wears the German car brand’s famous four ring logo along with Black rear wing and White rollhoop. Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi will be the first choice to drive this car on track and teammate Daniel Abt has been retained by Audi.
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Daniel Abt has been promoted to Audi’s factory driver status. He will drive a car with Red tip on the nosecone along with Red rollhoop and Red painted rear wing as well. Audi says that the e-tron badge comes from the LMP1 machines from 2012, links the German luxury car brand’s fully electric and hybrid road cars with the racing car. The car gets extensive carbon fibre elements and it also sounds very different thanks to new technology.
With this all-new e-tron FE04, Audi will have the opportunity to test and develop the powertrain technology that will be used in the future electric powered cars from the brand. Interestingly, Audi is ready to become the first German automaker to compete in Formula E as Mercedes-Benz and BMW have committed to enter later. BMW will start its Formula E journey as manufacturer in the 2018-19 season and Mercedes will begin its journey in the 2019-20 season.
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After the Dieselgate scam, Volkswagen AG and its subsidiaries are emphasising on electric powered cars. As part of that strategy, Audi too is gearing up to roll out a fleet of electrified cars by 2025 that will include hybrid, plug-in hybrid and a dozen fully electric models. Expect these cars to be benefitted from the technology the carmaker will use in Formula E racing car.
Audi e-tron FE04 Gallery