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bhtooefr October 26th, 2016 04:08

Audi with new motorsport strategy: Formula E instead of WEC


Audi is realigning its motorsport strategy. The premium brand will terminate its FIA WEC commitment, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, at the end of the 2016 season. Instead Audi is taking up a factory-backed commitment in the all-electric Formula E racing series.

donDavide November 4th, 2016 12:26

Stupid, reminds me of the electric gokart track here. (Autobahn)

tophergrace November 4th, 2016 22:03


Originally Posted by donDavide (Post 5171079)
Stupid, reminds me of the electric gokart track here. (Autobahn)

Electric go karts are amazing, what are you talking about

Mike_04GolfTDI November 6th, 2016 19:16

They should project an animated hologram of a car on the track and make it go round and round (while nobody watches because it would be boring).

Call it "Electronic Racing."

donDavide November 11th, 2016 15:31


Originally Posted by tophergrace (Post 5171454)
Electric go karts are amazing, what are you talking about

They are, but they are recharged after every use, and Formula E tracks are short and not many laps.

bhtooefr November 11th, 2016 18:37

A couple years from now, Formula E will be changing to a new battery with twice the capacity, and the car change will be eliminated, by the way.

And, sprint racing has its place.

Dirtracr95 November 11th, 2016 19:00

LOL i wonder if this is where VAG is spending that $2+billion dollars the Federal court is making them spend on electric/hybrid development

bhtooefr November 11th, 2016 19:08

Formula E is a cost-capped series, at much, much less than that, so...

Powder Hound November 12th, 2016 05:11

So, that should pay for a lot of seasons, then.

But I agree, it won't make for interesting watching. Oh, well.



bhtooefr November 12th, 2016 13:24

It's actually very close racing, with plenty going on throughout the field. There was just a race today, in fact, this time at a race circuit that's used for other things (WTCC), the Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakesh, Morocco). For direct comparison, the fastest lap set in qualifying was a 1:20.993 (by Jean-Éric Vergne in a DS Virgin), and the fastest race lap was a 1:22.600 (by Loïc Duval in a Faraday Future Dragon). In WTCC, the fastest qualifying lap this year (the first year of the current track layout) was a 1:21.743 (by Rob Huff in a Civic), fastest race lap was in race 1, 1:23.087 (by Hugo Valente in a Lada Vesta).

Oh, and for the same driver... José-María López did a qualfying lap of 1:22.133 and a race lap of 1:24.690 in Formula E (in a DS Virgin), versus a qualifying lap of 1:22.024 and a race lap of 1:23.447 in WTCC (in a Citroën C-Elysée), although he's been dominant in WTCC, and is a rookie in Formula E (but the only driver in this Formula E race with experience of this circuit).

Basically, we're talking about cars that are a bit faster than 380-400 hp 1.6T race versions of FWD production cars. Granted, these are single seaters that are much lighter, but they're limited to about 230 hp in race trim, 270 hp in qualifying trim.

Of course, it's usually Sebastien Buemi or Lucas di Grassi (which... wait, they're top-tier LMP1 drivers, Buemi for Toyota, di Grassi for Audi...) who wins races, but hey.

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