Schaeffler and Audi agree to continue Formula E technical partnership – targeting success and ‘sustainable mobility’


As the 2019/20 season begins in Saudi Arabia, Schaeffler and Audi have announced their agreement to remain as Formula E technology partners.

Schaeffler and Audi have enjoyed phenomenal success since the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team made its debut in the inaugural 2014/15 series, notching up 12 wins, 40 podium places and more than 1,000 points, culminating in both Driver and Teams’ championship triumphs in 2016/17 and 2017/18 respectively.

Initially a partner to the ABT Sportsline team, Audi became a factory team in 2017, and Schaeffler began developing the drivetrain that would form the basis of a championship charge.

The new agreement means Schaeffler continues its role as a technology and development partner, focusing primarily on the transmission, engine and drive concept development. It will also provide support in test rig-based work and prototype construction, as well as bearing enhancement and production.

‘Perfect combination’
Schaeffler CEO Automotive OEM, Matthias Zink, commented: “Schaeffler, Audi and Formula E have proved to be a perfect combination right from the very start. As a company, our intention is to use our drivetrain and chassis technologies to shape sustainable mobility – and Formula E is an ideal platform on which to present these ideas.
Audi Head of Motorsport of Motorsport, Dieter Gass, enthused: “I am delighted that the formidable partnership of Audi and Schaeffler will continue for the next few years. We have already achieved a great deal, but the ever-increasing performance density of Formula E means we face huge challenges; therefore, the fact we are able to join forces and tackle the development of the Audi e-tron FE07 for the 2020/21 season is hugely significant.”

(Left-to-right): Matthias Zink, Schaeffler CEO Automotive OEM, Dieter Gass, Audi Head of Motorsport, and Dr. Jochen Schröder, Head of Schaeffler’s E-Mobility business division.

The Audi e-tron FE06, the 2019/20 challenger
Photos: Audi Sport