Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler battled all the way to the finish in New York

A thrilling Formula E season comes to an end with the German team, technologically supported by Würth Elektronik claiming second place in the team’s championship.

In what was possibly the most suspenseful season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, season five of the all-electric series and also the first featuring the technology of the Gen 2 era, came to a thrilling showdown in New York City where the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team fought all the way to the finish line to claim second place in the team’s title.

Both drivers, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi collected 24 points to championship winners, DS Techeetah over the course of the weekend. The German team was only 19 points shy to defend their championship title.

On Sunday, Lucas di Grassi fought his way through the grid from 11th place to finish in seventh until he was forced into retirement after hitting a wall in an incident involving Jaguar’s Mitch Evans. The former champion, however managed to clinch third place in the driver’s championship, his second time after claiming the title in the 2016/2017 season and two runner-up results.

Meanwhile, Daniel Abt put on an impressive display during qualifying during the weekend. The German qualified for Super Pole of the fastest six drivers for both of the rounds in the double-header weekend as well as scoring an extra point for the fastest race lap on both days. The German finished fifth on Sunday. Since season 1 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler has finished every season in the top three of the overall standings and claimed the team’s title last season.

“The entire team fought to the end and gave their utmost,” said team principal Allan McNish. “It was incredibly close. Like last year, we took a lot of points away from DS Techeetah at the finale, but this time it wasn't enough to win the teams’ title. Still, I'm proud of the team. They put so much hard work, energy and determination into this season. We’ll carry this determination into the sixth season. We’re already looking forward to the first race in November.”

Technology Partnership

As one of the first technology companies to join the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Würth Elektronik eiSos is one of the leading drivers in the eMobility field, focusing on the development of electromobility for a more sustainable future.

Würth Elektronik has been the trusted technology partners of the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team since season one of the championship. Our technology partnership is focused on equipping the ABT Sportsline engineers with efficient solutions in the form of power electronics and lightweight battery management solutions that will in turn help to shape the future of eMobility.

Alexander Gerfer, CTO of the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group believes that Formula E makes for an ideal environment to develop the technologies of tomorrow, “The all-electric championship serves as a suitable platform to identify tomorrow’s trends at an early stage.”

As we have witnessed first hand how challenging the Formula E series can be, the championship serves as a suitable testing field to drive the development of green technology for the future. “The championship also presents a technological challenge as a way to accelerate the development and testing of alternative propulsion concepts,” adds Gerfer. “Racing equals pure emotion, by testing the newest technologies under extreme pressure, we’re making tomorrow’s technology useful today.”

By building a wide network of sustainable energy efficiency solutions through working closely with developers of eMobility and the automotive industry, Würth Elektronik leads the way in shaping solutions for a greener future.