Audi in Formula E? Nah, But ABT Sportsline Will Use Audi Sport Banner
NOV 22 2013 BY MARK KANE
ABT Sportsline, a motorsport and auto tuning company, is the latest entry in FIA Formula E Championship.
The seventh team to sign on and the first from Germany will compete under the banner Audi Sport – ‘Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team’.
The remaining question is will Audi develop its own electric racer after the initial season when the set of 20 identical racers ends?
Team Principal Hans-Jürgen Abt said:
“We’re proud to have the opportunity to take part in the debut of this new racing series. Participating in the new FIA Formula E Championship marks a completely new chapter in our more than 60-year motorsport history. As a company that has been active in the field of regenerative powertrains and electric mobility we’re convinced of the series’ concept. It’s innovative, delivers motorsport at the highest level and a great show for fans around the world – all of which are a perfect fit for ABT Sportsline.”
Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich commented:
“We’ve been watching this new project of the FIA with great interest and are delighted that ABT Sportsline as one of our close and long-standing partners will be involved right from the beginning. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the squad on tackling this new challenge and are planning to support its commitment with drivers from our factory line-up if required.”
Team: Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team Location: Allgäu , Germany Key Personnel: Team Principal Hans-Jürgen Abt Biography: With five titles to its credit in the DTM alone ABT Sportsline is one of the most successful German teams, which has also achieved victories and titles in GT and endurance racing.Led by Team Principal Hans-Jürgen Abt, the squad is located in Germany’s Allgäu region, and will compete under the name of Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team – which is based on the name used in its successful commitment as an Audi factory team in the popular international touring car series DTM.The team’s new venture marks a return to the outfit’s early Formula outings in the 1990s when ABT scored its initial successes in Formel ADAC and Formula Three.
FIA Formula E Teams announced to date (7 out of 10):
- Drayson Racing
- China Racing
- Andretti Autosport
- Dragon Racing
- Super Aguri
- Audi Sport ABT