AUDI'S FE04 all-electric racer has completed pre-season testing ahead of the 2017/18 Formula E season.
The upcoming season will be Audi’s first as a full-factory team, having previously supported the Abt team since the all-electric championship’s first season in 2014 — joining Renault and Jaguar as major brands to move into the sport.
The German manufacturer pulled out of the World Endurance Championship at the end of 2016 in order to fully focus on Formula E from the 2017/18 season.
Behind the wheel of the Audi E-tron FE04 for testing in Valencia, Spain was current title holder and former Formula One driver Lucas di Grassi, as well as Daniel Abt.
Across three days of testing, the car ran with no major issues and completed 474 laps of Circuit Ricardo Tomo — equal to 911 miles.
Allan McNish, team principal of Audi’s Formula E team and three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner, said: “Daniel and Lucas felt comfortable in the car right from the beginning and confirmed to me that we’ve done good development work and made a big step forward with the new powertrain.”
“Even though we’re only going to see where we really stand at the season opener in Hong Kong and still have a lot of work to do until then, we can be very happy with the test in Valencia.
“The Audi E-tron FE04 is reliable and fast. Now we need to continue to optimize energy management and the software on the test bench and in the simulator.”