Audi announces that it will launch its first single-seat competition model with a car of its own for the 2017/18 seasons of Audi Formula E. The German manufacturer has confirmed that it will “intensify” its partnership with the Abt team with financial and technical support for the Next season.
In this way, the Audi Formula E Abt-run team will be part of Audi’s official motorsport program from the 2017/18 seasons. The automaker is already officially involved in the LMP1 World Endurance Championship and the DTM.
Audi believes that electric mobility is a key theme in the industry, and aims to evolve to become one of the leading premium electric car manufacturers. In 2025, one in four models sold by the automaker will have electric propulsion, and the first step in that direction will be an electric SUV as early as 2018.
Thus, adopting a motoring program in a series of fully electric car races is a Logical step in this development. The Abt team will be in its third consecutive Audi Formula E season, with Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi starting.
Audi will compete with other factory teams, with Jaguar (already for 2016/17) and Renault, as well as DS, Mahindra, NextEV and Faraday Future (with Dragon Racing).
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