05 Oct Audi reveals new electronic racer for 2018/2019 Formula E season
Last Thursday, Audi revealed it’s brand new race car that is has developed for the 2018/2019 Formula E Championship, the fifth season of electric car series. The first race of the new season is scheduled for December 15 in Saudi Arabia.
The brand new car, the Audi e-tron FE05 will be led by the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler team and driven by Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi. The Virgin Racing team will also field an Audi e-tron FE05. The team took the title championship last season, with di Grassi finishing second overall.
The Formula E Championship requires that teams compete using a common chassis, which is a new Gen2 design built by France’s Spark Racing Technologies and developed with help from legendary constructor Dallara. Teams are allowed to differentiate their car’s powertrain, transmission, suspension and software management. In the future, the championship wants to have teams develop their own cars as happens in Formula One.
New for the 2018/2019 seasons is the doubling of the battery capacity to 52 kWh total, which will eliminate the need to switch cars in the middle of races. The new battery will be sourced from McLaren and weighs 824 lbs and can be charged in less than 45 minutes. The introduction of brake-by-wire technology, which means that the braking can now be controlled electronically. This means that brake balance is more even and energy regeneration can be more efficient.
The new cars for this year are more powerful to make for more exciting racing. The electric powertrain can now produce up to 355 horsepower qualifying and 268 horsepower during the race. There are also new activation zones where drivers can access higher amounts of horsepower up to 302 hp in certain section s of the track. Fans at home can also give their favorite driver a FanBoost, which gives them a temporary boost of 335 horsepower.
The new Formula E season will have thirteen races in 12 different cities. Every race will be run over 45 minutes, with an extra lap, with most races held on street circuits. This season also sees Nissan and BMW joining the championship, with Renault leaving. Porsche and Mercedes are expected to join next season.
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