The waiting is over. Next weekend, Formula E will start its fourth season. Schaeffler is actively involved in the innovative electric racing series as the official Technology Partner of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. It was only four months ago that the team celebrated the 2016/2017 drivers’ championship win by Lucas di Grassi.
Since the inaugural 2014/2015 Formula E season, Schaeffler, with its commitment in Formula E, has been consolidating its position as a pioneer in electric mobility on the race track as well. Ever since the technical regulations began to provide greater latitude for the 2015/2016 season, specialists from Schaeffler have been involved in the development of the powertrain for the team’s race car. The new Audi e-tron FE04 for the 2017/2018 season incorporates technology “made by Schaeffler”. Together with Audi, engineers of the technology group developed the centerpiece of the vehicle: the combination of the motor and transmission. As in the past three seasons, the current champion, Lucas di Grassi from Brazil, and his German teammate, Daniel Abt, will be behind the wheel of the single-seater race car.
The busiest race calendar so far
Ten renowned teams, 20 of the world’s best drivers and a race calendar which, with 14 races at eleven events, is more extensive than ever before: The upcoming Formula E season will cause fans’ hearts to beat even faster! Four locations – Rome, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo and Zurich – are on the calendar for the first time, but it’s in Hong Kong that the season kicks off. The 1.86-kilometer Hong Kong Central Harbourfront Circuit – similar to those in New York and Montreal – will hold two races. The schedule is tight: Free practice, qualifying and the races will take place on Saturday, December 2 and on Sunday, December 3, all within the space of just a few hours. Both races will start at 3 pm local time.
The future has already arrived in Hong Kong
However, Hong Kong not only holds “high-powered” motorsport action in store for the teams, drivers and fans but also the world’s most advanced public transportation system. The Chinese Special Administration Region has perfectly adapted to the local conditions of a large number of people living in a relatively small space. The residents, for instance, think nothing of jumping onto the world’s longest outdoor escalator. The 800m long moving walkway connects areas within the Central and Western District on Hong Kong Island and climbs 135 vertical meters. There is also the ultra-modern subway network or failing that, the government-subsidized electric cars.