Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler has revealed the e-tron FE05 via a “digital launch” through the Audi Sport Official YouTube page, which will be piloted by continuing drivers Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt.
The new generation cars feature a new electric motor that provides the cars with a top speed of up to 240kph and a minimum weight of 900kg.
According to the team’s press release, the motor generator unit that was jointly developed by Audi and technology partner Schaeffler was given particular emphasis by the engineers on “making the package even more efficient and further increasing its level of effectiveness”.
Formula E Project Leader at Audi, Tristan Summerscale, says: “We retained the basic concept with one gear and at the same time refined the details and manufactured all of the parts.”
The press release also mentions that “95 percent of the drivetrain parts are new and the engineers were able to shave ten percent off the weight”.
All teams now run with an identical battery supplied by McLaren with a capacity of 52kWh, double the capacity from the previous first generation cars.
This allows the cars to last throughout the entire 45 minute race distance, putting an end to the mandatory car change during the race.
Meanwhile, Virgin Racing will field two Audi e-tron FE05 race cars in the upcoming season as part of their new partnership, with the driver line up still to be officially confirmed. Sam Bird is likely to stay on at the British squad, with rumours strongly suggesting that his team-mate could be Formula E returnee Robin Frijns.
The Audi e-tron FE05 will make its debut this December for the start of the 2018-2019 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.