Audi has strengthened its commitment to Formula E by completing its takeover of the Abt squad, which will run under the name Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler next season.
The German manufacturer has been involved in FE since season one, when it backed the Abt team. Since then, it’s gradely increased its engagement with the series and Abt.
In October last year, Audi announced it would be leaving the World Endurance Championship to increase its works efforts in FE to promote its e-mobility programmes.
“We’ve been supporting the Formula E commitment with increasing intensity in recent months – on the race days, in the development of the new powertrain and in numerous off-track activities as well,” says Dr. Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, at Audi.
“That Audi will be the first German automobile manufacturer to be actively involved in the racign series starting next season is also a clear commitment of our brand to electric mobility, on the race track as of December and next year on the road as well with the new Audi e-tron.”
Audi is registered as a season five manufacturer, meaning it will make its own powertrains, but was originally registered under the Abt name.
Abt will remain part of the factory efforts but boss Hans-Jurgen Abt believes it’s not possible to remain competitive without help from the manufacturer.
“We’re proud that as one of the founding members we’ve added a chapter to motorsport’s history books,” said Abt.
“Within the space of just a few years Formula E has seen such a strong development that a team can no longer be competitive without the backing of an automobile manufacturer. That’s why we’re gladly handing over the reins to Audi – a partner we’ve been successfully cooperating with in motorsport and routine business for many decades.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that we’re going to continue this success story in Formula E as well.”
Drivers Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt are both expected to continue with the team next season.
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