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08 Oct 2017 | Foreign News : Spain

The new Audi e-tron FE04 has left a strong impression at the official pre-season testing of the Formula E electric racing series at Valencia, Spain.


The new Audi e-tron FE04 has left a strong impression at the official pre-season testing of the Formula E electric racing series at Valencia, Spain. Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler from Monday to Thursday completed the largest number of test kilometres of all 10 teams. The lap times of the first all-electric Audi race car were promising as well.

The four Audi e-tron FE04 cars ran with complete reliability on all three days in spite of the high summer temperatures
New German Audi factory driver Daniel Abt and Brazilian title defender Lucas di Grassi reeled off an extensive test program with the four race cars of Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in high summer temperatures in the shade. The program was focused on race simulations and optimisation of the energy management of the new motor-generator unit, which now only has one forward gear.

In spite of the heat, the four Audi e-tron FE04 cars ran with complete reliability on all three days, so enabling Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi to reel off a total of 474 laps on the 3km Circuit Ricardo Tomo near Valencia, which equates to a distance of 1,466km - equalling the race distance of a whole Formula E season.

The two Audi drivers were regularly part of the top group, although the absolute best times are only of limited significance; testing was only permitted with the full qualifying power of 200kW twice per day and per car. In addition, the track configuration was modified by a second chicane on the start-finish straight during the test.

From now on until the season opens in Hong Kong on 2nd and 3rd December, testing is prohibited in Formula E. The four Audi e-tron FE04 cars will be completely dismantled and reassembled once more at the team's base in Kempten. In mid-November, they will be flown from the U.K. to Hong Kong.
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