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Audi took over ABT Sportsline team to compete in Formula E

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Tinuku ~ Audi took over the Formula E team. Audi AG became the first German brand to compete in the Formula E league. The Ingolstadt-based automaker has shown much interest in electric cars over the past few years and they have announced engagement with the ABT Sportsline team and officially took over the team slot in Electric Racing World.

Tinuku Audi took over ABT Sportsline team to compete in Formula E

Audi has been a strong contender in many areas of the car race for decades and history dominates the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the early 2000s using the hibdrida car until it exits in 2016. But last week they announced to compete in the Formula E racing series.

Though not yet fielded electric racing cars to date, in 2012 the Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro is the first hybrid electric car to win 24 Hours Le Mans as a good omen for Audi's team and future in the Formula E competition through a partnership deal with the Abt Schaeffler team.

"We have supported Formula E's commitment with increased intensity in recent months, the development of new powertrains and many other activities," said Peter Mertens, Member of the Management Board, Technical Development, AUDI AG.

Next season, Abt will be responsible for managing the car and other aspects, while the technical development and racing team will be managed by Audi. This move became the first of the German carmakers to have a Formula E team. They will join Renault and Jaguar in future race races.

"Audi became the first German automaker to be actively involved in the racing series starting next season as a clear commitment from our brand to electric mobility, on the racecourse in December and next year on the road also with Audi e-Tron," Mertens said.

Over the past few years some serious automotive companies such as Renault, Citroen, Mahindra, Jaguar and some startups like Nio and Faraday Future have joined. BMW announced plans to enter Formula E in the 5th season.

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