Audi is the first German automobile manufacturer to race in Formula E. The brand with the four rings is taking ABT Sportsline’s slot on the FE grid in the 2017/2018 season. The Allgäu-based team has been successfully present in Formula E ever since the inception of the electric racing series and in the future will be taking care of the e-tron race cars as the fielding team. Competing for ABT will be youngster Daniel Abt (Germany) and title defender Lucas di Grassi (Brazil).
Audi has been giving its name to the team since Formula E’s inaugural season in 2014 and in the Brazilian Lucas di Grassi previously providing one of its factory drivers. In addition, the Allgäu-based team used the infrastructure of the Competence Center Motorsport in Neuburg. For the 2016/2017 season, Audi intensified the partnership in the form of financial and technical support. Now, on taking over ABT Sportsline’s entry slot, the final step has been made toward a full-fledged factory-backed commitment – under the team name of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler.
The fourth Formula E season kicked off in Hong Kong on December 2 and will subsequently take the campaign to South and North America, Africa as well as to the European metropolises of Berlin, Paris, Rome and Zurich. “Formula E delivers spectacular motorsport in the hearts of fascinating cities and is a tremendous stage to present electric mobility and motorsport in their most emotive forms,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass.
“We’re proud that as one of the founding members we’ve added a chapter to motorsport’s history books,” says Hans-Jürgen Abt. “Within the space of just a few years, Formula E has seen such a strong development that a team can no longer be competitive without the backing of an automobile manufacturer. That’s why we’re gladly handing over the reins to Audi – a partner we’ve been successfully cooperating with in motorsport and routine business for many decades. There’s no doubt in my mind that we’re going to continue this success story in Formula E as well.”