Formula E season 2017/2018

For the current Formula E season, the teams and manufacturers develop the powertrain consisting of the motor, transmission, parts of the suspension and the respective software. The combination of the motor and transmission is the centerpiece of every race car. The engineers primarily focus on designing the motor-generator unit for ever greater efficiency. To transmit the maximum power to the wheels, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler will be using a high-efficiency transmission with only one gear in the 2017/2018 season. All other car parts will remain as they are. The aim is to prevent expensive aerodynamic developments and to focus the resources of the developers and racing teams on the improvement of electric drives instead. Since season 3, the cars are equipped with a front wing in a futuristic design that has no influence on the aerodynamics. The body of the car has not changed, but the most of teams changed the livery of their car. Click here to see the transformation of the season 3 to season 4 car in a 360 spin video clip.

Würth Elektronik eiSos and Audi use Electric Power to drive into the Future

One of Europe’s largest electronic and electromechanical component manufacturers is a technology partner of the Formula E racing team founded by ABT Sportsline from the very beginning. Würth Elektronik eiSos and Audi sign new partnership agreement in Formula E for the next three seasons until 2021. The new partnership agreement was signed by Dieter Gass, Head of Motorsport, AUDI AG, and the three managing directors of Würth Elektronik eiSos, Oliver Konz, Thomas Schrott and Alexander Gerfer on 27 September 2017 as part of the premium manufacturer’s exclusive team presentation of the first purely electric racing team in Neuburg. Read more about the new contract, the team presentation and preparations of the upcoming season in our press release.

Technological support

Würth Elektronik eiSos managed to put innovative solutions onto the race track in the past. For example, high current REDCUBEterminals have been installed on the inverter boards (see more unique product properties) since the second season. In the third season, Würth Elektronik eiSos and ABT Sportsline jointly optimized the backup battery for the cockpit. The associated battery charger was also jointly developed as part of the technology partnership. Würth Elektronik eiSos views the fact that it can be specifically involved in the development of the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Team racing car as an outstanding opportunity to deploy components under extreme conditions and to advance solutions for eMobility.

Manufacturer Teams

The following 10 teams are working on the drive-train components (electric engines, inverters, gears and cooling systems) that have been approved for the 2017/2018 season:

- Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler with Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt

- MS&AD Andretti Formula E Team with Antonio Felix da Costa and Tom Blomqvist

- DS Virgin Racing with Sam Bird and Alex Lynn

- Dragon Racing with Jerome D’Ambrosio and Neel Jani

- Panasonic Jaguar Racing with Nelson Piquet Jr. and Mitch Evans

- Mahindra Racing with Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist

- NIO Formula E Team with Oliver Turvey and Luca Filippi

- Renault e.dams with Nicolas Prost and Sebastian Buemi

- TECHEETAH with Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer

- Venturi Formula E with Maro Engel and Edoardo Mortara

Dynamic e-mobility testing

The system of successive approvals for customized vehicle parts is transforming Formula E racing cars into mobile testing facilities for optimized power electronics. As such, Würth Elektronik eiSos is a technology partner of the extremely successful Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Formula E team.

The use of electronics and components in an entirely electric-driven racing car poses major challenges. It represents the very extremes of eMobility applications – for every single part involved. Würth Elektronik eiSos’ market position is founded on its excellent service. Free samples, small quantities, individual customer service and support are major success factors in day-to-day business. Würth Elektronik eiSos is therefore ideally primed to support a developer team, for example on the issues of energy efficiency and thermal characteristics of subsystem components. The goal is the technological pole position in the race for the best e-motor!