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Fact Sheet XXL Formula E Marrakesh January 12, 2019
Head of Corporate Communications Future Trends
Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
Tel. +49 9132 82-88708
2019-01-09 | Herzogenaurach
Four weeks after the 2018/2019 Formula E season opener, at which Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler scored initial points with its two factory-fielded cars, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will race in Morocco next Saturday (January 12). In Marrakesh, last season’s Teams’ Champions, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, intend to continue making headway. In mid-December, at the opening race in Ad Diriyah, the title defenders, following chaos in wet conditions and qualifying, had improved from 11th and 18th on the grid to eighth and ninth in the race.
The event marks Formula E’s third visit to Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan that underwent a major modification in 2015. The circuit, featuring a mix of permanent race track and public roads – named after the Crown Prince of Morocco – is near-three kilometers long and has twelve turns. It runs through the modern hotel district of Marrakesh, along the nearly 900-year-old city wall and is located just a few minutes away from the old town with its world-famous souks.
This is Formula E
Formula E is an FIA-sanctioned motor racing series for fully electric cars. In 2018/2019, Formula E season five, eleven teams and 22 drivers are on the grid. Formula E races worldwide on temporary circuits in the hearts of metropolises such as Hong Kong, Berlin and New York City. From December 15, 2018 until July 14, 2019, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is holding 13 rounds at twelve venues. Each race lasts 45 minutes, plus one lap.
Schaeffler in Formula E
Schaeffler is one of the co-founders and one of the most notable and successful players in Formula E. In 2016/2017, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler won the drivers’ title (Lucas di Grassi) and in 2017/2018, the teams’ title (Lucas di Grassi/Daniel Abt). Schaeffler has been contributing its know-how to the development of the powertrain since 2015. In doing so, the company demonstrates its expertise in forward-thinking technologies and presents ideas for sustainable mobility for tomorrow in the innovative electric racing series as well.
The new Formula E technology
In season five, Formula E is entering its second era. The most conspicuous innovation for 2018/2019 going forward: Every driver has only one race car anymore. The reason is that the second-generation cars mark the end of the mid-race car swaps previously required at each Formula E event because the battery capacity is now sufficient for the entire race distance. New as well starting this season is the cars’ futuristic design without a rear wing, plus the Halo protection system above the cockpit.
The new Audi e-tron FE05 was meticulously developed by Audi Sport and Schaeffler with the new technical and strategic challenges in mind. The motor-generator unit named Audi Schaeffler MGU03, the centerpiece of the Audi e-tron FE05, was jointly developed by the two technology partners. 95 percent of all powertrain components are new, having resulted in weight savings of ten percent. Two Audi e-tron FE05 cars are fielded by the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler factory team for Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt and, in 2018/2019, two by the recently added Envision Virgin Racing customer team with drivers Sam Bird and Robin Frijns.