Formula E will be held as an official FIA World Championship for the first time in 2021 when the season kicks off in Chile in mid-January. This is when Audi will debut its latest creation, the Audi e-tron FE07.
At face value, the e-tron FE07 may seem similar to the other vehicles in Formula E, as it shares the same 18-inch Michelin road tyres, 2 kWh McLaren battery, carbon-fiber body as its competitors. It does, however, pack a brand new motor-generator unit under the hood which Audi hopes will give it the edge in next seasons Formula E series.
The new motor-generator unit, which has been named the ‘MGU05’, is an electric one-speed drivetrain with an internal rotor concept that produces 250 KW of power, which can be boosted to up to 284 KW when “attack mode,” is engaged, according to Engadget.
The e-tron FE07 also features a top speed of 239km/h with a blistering 0-100 time of just 2.88 seconds.
“If you compare our MGU with an internal combustion engine delivering a comparable power output of 250 kW, our efficiency is not only twice as high, but our weight of less than 35 kilograms is also much lighter,” said Tristan Summerscale, Formula E Project Leader at Audi Sport.
“This clearly shows what an efficient solution an electric powertrain is,” he added.
The e-tron FE07 will make its public debut on the race track in Valencia from Saturday. Until December 1, all twelve teams will meet there at “Circuit Ricardo Tormo” for the only joint test before all of the cars and equipment are sent on their journey to South America.