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„For nearly 40 years Audi has been successfully active in motorsport at the highest level in order to test and continue to develop new technologies for production,“ says Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, AUDI AG. „Now, as the first German automobile manufacturer, we’re doing this in Formula E as well. Following quattro, TFSI, TDI, hybrid drive and many other innovations, our first single seater is a precursor of the product offensive in the field of electric mobility that we’ll be ushering in with the Audi e tron in 2018.“
Attention is centred on the Audi e tron FE04, specifically the combination of the motor and transmission. The engineers mainly focused on further enhancing the efficiency of the motor generator unit (MGU). To transfer the power to the wheels, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in the 2017/2018 season relies on a high efficiency transmission with just one instead of the previous three gears. „We have developed a completely new powertrain, consisting of the motor, transmission, parts of the suspension and the respective software, together with our technology partner Schaeffer,“ says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass.
The specified fuel consumption and emission data have been determined according to the measurement procedures prescribed by law. Since 1st September 2017, certain new vehicles are already being type approved according to the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), a more realistic test procedure for measuring fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Starting on September 1st 2018, the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) will be replaced by the WLTP in stages. Owing to the more realistic test conditions, the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions measured according to the WLTP will, in many cases, be higher than those measured according to the NEDC.
We are currently still required by law to state the NEDC figures. In the case of new vehicles which have been type approved according to the WLTP, the NEDC figures are derived from the WLTP data. It is possible to specify the WLTP figures voluntarily in addition until such time as this is required by law. In cases where the NEDC figures are specified as value ranges, these do not refer to a particular individual vehicle and do not constitute part of the sales offering. They are intended exclusively as a means of comparison between different vehicle types. add on parts, different tyre formats, etc.) may change the relevant vehicle parameters, such as weight, rolling resistance and aerodynamics, and, in conjunction with weather and traffic conditions and individual driving style, may affect fuel consumption, electrical power consumption, CO2 emissions and the performance figures for the vehicle.