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Schaeffler to continue Formula E technical partnership with Audi


Schaeffler and Audi have reached an agreement to remain Formula E technology partners.

Both companies have enjoyed phenomenal success since the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team made its debut in the inaugural 2014/15 series, notching up 12 wins, 40 podium places and more than 1,000 points, culminating in both driver and teams’ championship triumphs in 2016/17 and 2017/18 respectively.

(L to R): Matthias Zink, Schaeffler CEO Automotive OEM; Dieter Gass, Audi Head of Motorsport, and Dr. Jochen Schröder, Head of Schaeffler’s E-Mobility business division.

Initially a partner to the ABT Sportsline team, Audi became a factory team in 2017, and Schaeffler began developing the drivetrain that would form the basis of a championship charge.

The new agreement means Schaeffler continues its role as a technology and development partner, focusing primarily on the transmission, engine and drive concept development. It will also provide support in test rig-based work and prototype construction, as well as bearing enhancement and production.

Schaeffler CEO Automotive OEM, Matthias Zink, commented: “Schaeffler, Audi and Formula E have proved to be a perfect combination right from the very start. As a company, our intention is to use our drivetrain and chassis technologies to shape sustainable mobility – and Formula E is an ideal platform on which to present these ideas.”