Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler gains points in Sanya

The German team supported by Würth Elektronik now just one point short of leading the team standings.

After the chaos that ensued in Hong Kong, the ABB FIA Formula E championship went underway in the Southern Chinese Hainan Island of Sanya in an incident-filled race. The high humidity conditions of the island resort (91% of humidity) made energy management a crucial component for every single team to survive the race.

Starting from fourth position on the grid Daniel Abt finished in fifth but was disappointed on not gaining a podium finish due to the safety car being deployed towards the end of the race, “This destroyed the advantage we had achieved at the beginning of the race,” said Abt. “We had good energy management and were in a strong position before the crazy things happened on the track. That’s why I’m not one hundred percent happy. But in Formula E, it’s crucial to score points regularly. I’ve managed that so far in all six races.”

A full-course yellow incident on the penultimate lap caused Lucas di Grassi to suffer a DNF from a collision caused by by Sébastien Buemi of Nissan e.dams, “That was extremely frustrating, because today we could have taken the championship lead,” said the Brazilian. “Up until that point, it was a great race.”

Despite the target not being met in China, the German team’s points finish gained them a higher mark in the team’s classification, with just one point short of leading. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will make its way to the European leg in the seventh round in Rome, Italy on April 13th.

Technology Partnership

Würth Elektronik has been the trusted technology partner for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team since the first ever Formula E race in Beijing in 2014 and was one of the first technology companies to join the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Alexander Gerfer, CTO of the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group explains the reason behind the technology partnership is to, “Identify tomorrow’s trends at an early stage.” The all-electric championship provides a great technological challenge to further develop our components to meet the demands of the ever-growing e-mobility market.

By working closely with the ABT Sportsline engineers and their partners since season 2 - nowadays with the Audi Sport engineers --, our technology partnership focused in the early stage on power electronics and developing lightweight battery management solutions to deliver optimum performance in the championship and to further develop innovative sustainable solutions in the automotive and eMobility.

Alexander Gerfer says the technology partnership offers, “Greater acceptance among customers. By using an ePrix and the accompanying events around electromobility to break through customers’ misgivings and turn novelty into an adventure.”

The unique format of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, where the races take place in the middle of city centres, allows Würth Elektronik to use the race track as a testing field to expand our products and technology range to meet the extraordinary demands of the championship as well as the demands of the growing eMobility market. “It also helps us to identify possibilities, limitations and progress,” adds Gerfer.

As an innovation driver in the eMobility market, we pride ourselves in delivering top performance by using Green Efficiency solutions. Our technology partnership is focused on building a wide network of sustainable energy efficiency solutions through working closely with developers of eMobility and the automotive industry for a greener future.