Formula E: Five years ago today, a journey began

Posted on 15. May, 2019 by in Audi Canada

A brief rite with Formula E’s owner Alejandro Agag, a press discussion with a 10 organisation principals and a organisation print in front of a afterwards domicile during a competition lane in Donington in a late afternoon: a handover of a initial framework to a teams 5 years ago rang in a epoch of entirely electric motorsport. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler has been concerned in a array ever since: as a highwayman organisation in a initial 3 seasons and as an Audi bureau organisation given a fourth season.

“This day noted a central launch. A fanciful plan we’d been formulation on paper for many months during home became a reality,” says Thomas Biermaier. ABT Sportsline’s Sport Director, together with Team Principal Hans-Jürgen Abt, was in assign of a German patrol during a time. “For all of us, it felt a small like a initial day during school: all was new and a small uncertain, though a disturb of expectation was huge.” 

The initial framework that was handed over to Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler on May 15, 2014 was designated as array 20 – and has an eventful history: with Chassis 20, Lucas di Grassi crossed a finish line in Beijing on Sep 13, 2014 as a leader of a first-ever Formula E race. Chassis 20 also had to continue occasional pain: on Oct 9, 2016, di Grassi damaged a whole left-hand side in a pile-up in Hong Kong, and repairs were also required after a wiring glow in Punta del Este in 2015. Chassis 20 distinguished a final feat in New York on Jul 14, 2018 and was handed over to Alejandro Agag as a museum vaunt after a season.

“Formula E saw an superb growth in a initial years – with both, stirring racing and many innovations off a competition track,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. In 2014, Audi was a initial German vehicle manufacturer to enter a array with a factory-backed commitment. “That so many brands are concerned now and some-more will be fasten shortly is a good acknowledgment of a pioneering suggestion of Formula E and a initial members.” 

For Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, a smoothness of a initial in a sum of 4 cars also noted a commencement of a duration of complete work – in Formula E’s initial 4 years, there were dual cars per motorist and a mid-race automobile swap. “We immediately distant a initial automobile in sequence to precisely establish what apparatus and what collection we indispensable in sequence to run it – after all, we usually knew a automobile from drawings before,” says Thomas Biermaier. His patrol changed to Donington for 3 months to ready a cars before a pre-season tests and a deteriorate opener. 

In a 54 races hold so far, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler has won 39 trophies – some-more than any other organisation – and has been a initial patrol to have damaged a symbol of 1,000 points, scoring a sum of 1,027 points. In a third deteriorate (2016/2017), Lucas di Grassi became Formula E champion for a initial time after a third and a second place in a dual prior seasons. In a fourth deteriorate (2017/2018), Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler distinguished a pretension in a teams’ classification. 

With 8 opposite winners in 9 races, a pretension competition in a stream deteriorate is as open as never before. The tenth turn and 55th competition in a story of Formula E will be hold in Berlin on May 25.

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