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Schaeffler packs 1,184 hp Formula E powertrain into a 4-door sedan

What would happen if you took four motors from a Formula E race car and used them to power a four-door sedan? Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi and Schaeffler CTO Prof. Peter Gutzmer just had to find out, and the result is the Audi 4ePerformance concept.

This “Frankenstein-like” supercar sports four electric motors, one per wheel, connected via a spur gear unit and equipped with torque vectoring. Total power is a monstrous 880 kW (1,184 bhp) – more power than a Ferrari 488 GTB and a Lamborghini Huracan put together. Two battery packs offer total capacity of 64 kWh. How fast is this beast? Schaeffler says it gets to 200 km/h (124 mph) in less than 7 seconds.

Gutzmer and di Grassi wanted to see how far they could push Formula E technology in a road car environment. “In the same way as Schaeffler has contributed its technical expertise to Formula E from the very beginning, it also plays a pioneering role and is a partner for components and complete system solutions when it comes to applying electric mobility to volume production vehicles and putting them on the road,” says Gutzmer.

Meanwhile, Formula E has revealed the calendar for the 2018/19 championship, which will feature 13 races in 12 cities across four continents, as well as a next-generation car with more power and a bigger battery pack, which will eliminate the need to make a mid-race car swap.


Source: Formula E

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