FIA Formula E New York Team Champions – Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler triumphs at the end of the first era in the electric racing series ABB FIA Formula E Championship
2018-07-15 | Herzogenaurach
Winning the team title crowned four successful years for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler squad in Formula E. After a third and a brace of second places in the previous three seasons, in the two concluding races of the finale of season four in New York Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt produced a stirring comeback to overturn a deficit of 33 points into a two point advantage.
With the second one-two finish of the season – a new record in Formula E – the team set the foundation on Saturday and reduced the deficit to the leading Techeetah team to only five points. 43 laps in the Brooklyn neighborhood opposite the Manhattan skyline formed the ultimate showdown on Sunday to decide the winner of the teams’ classification. With a fifth place on Saturday Jean-Éric Vergne (team Techeetah) was crowned as Lucas di Grassi’s successor in the drivers’ classification. It was then Techeetah versus Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in a direct battle for the team crown in the final race of the 2017/2018 season. Di Grassi and Abt started from fourth and fifth places immediately behind their two rivals and during the race turned the teams’ classification ranking upside down. In the end, Lucas di Grassi finished second and, in doing so, was crowned championship runner-up, Daniel Abt was third and scored another point for his fourth fastest race lap this season. With four podium finishes and two fastest race laps on the final weekend, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler claimed 78 of the maximum 94 points possible – and in doing so achieved the near impossible – the title in the teams’ classification.
“Incredible, we come here in a near hopeless position and still turn it all around. Team Champions – we couldn’t be happier. We were close every season so far and now we have this trophy in our trophy cabinet as well,” summarizes Prof. Peter Gutzmer, Chief Technology Officer at Schaeffler. “Now we’ll put the first generation Formula E cars in the museum and look back on an extremely successful time now as the best team.”
In the first four Formula E seasons, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler played a big role in the statistic books. No team took more podium finishes – namely 35 – in the 45 races held previously. Eleven of them alone in 2017/2018. Never has a team achieved more during a single season. The top-three finishing streak for Lucas di Grassi between this year’s events in Mexico City and New York resulted in an absolute team record of seven consecutive podium finishes in one season. In Rome, Paris and Berlin di Grassi and Abt set the record for the most fastest race laps in a row for a team. The Berlin event anyway went down in history: with its one-two finish, pole position and the fastest race lap, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is the first team to take the maximum haul of 47 points. Abt becomes only the second driver in Formula E to achieve the extraordinary ‘triple’ comprised of a victory, pole and fastest race lap. With four fastest race laps to his name, the 25-year old also set a record in 2017/2018. Another unforgettable highlight is Lucas di Grassi winning the championship title in the 2016/2017 season.
The Audi e-tron FE04 is equipped with technology “made by Schaeffler.” Together with Audi, Schaeffler engineers developed the heart of the car: the combination of engine and transmission. Schaeffler is official technology partner to Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in the innovative electric racing series. Schaeffler has also underlined its position on the race tracks as pioneer of electromobility since the first season in 2014/2015. Since the technical regulations were relaxed for the second season 2015/2016, specialists from Schaeffler developed the powertrain for the race car of the only German team. For Schaeffler Formula E is one of the many fields of activity to work for a visionary and sustainable mobility for tomorrow.
During the Formula E finale the worldwide active technology company also gave an insight into the future of Formula E and invited on Saturday evening almost 300 guests – including the German Ambassador to the U.S. Dr. Emily Haber as well as Georg F. W. Schaeffler, Managing Partner and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG – to a typical New York rooftop and showed a prototype of the spectacular new Audi e-tron FE05 in which jointly developed powertrain technology from Schaeffler and Audi is used again. The first race in mid-December in Riyadh/Saudi Arabia rings in the second era in Formula E.
Publisher: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
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