Schaeffler is a major sponsor of the Audi Sport ABT team in Formula E, and for the wild new 4ePerformance project, the automotive supplier manages to cram the powertrain of the FE01 racer into an Audi RS3. The result is an electric touring car that packs an incredible 1,180 horsepower (880 kilowatts). With so much power, the 4ePerformance can hit 124 miles per hour (200 kilometers per hour) in less than seven seconds.
In addition to being quite quick, the concept should be quite a sharp handler around a circuit. A gearbox at each axle controls two electric motors, and this setup allows for torque vectoring to tweak the cornering in the middle of a curve. Separate batteries at the front and rear provide a total output of 64 kilowatt hours.
"For Schaeffler, this vehicle is a test laboratory on wheels thanks to its free scaling options for the drive power," the Simon Opel, the company's Director of Special Projects Motorsports said in the model's announcement. The company doesn't ever intend to take the 4ePerformance racing because it's just a test mule for figuring out how to apply Formula E technology to a mass-produced vehicle. This undertaking was simply a proof on concept that creating such a model was possible.
Formula E is currently in a state of transition as new automakers like Mercedes-Benz and Porsche prepare to enter the series and teams prepare for the new Gen2 car for the 2018/19 season. The latest racer will have larger batteries that will eliminate the necessity for drivers to swap cars in the middle of the race. The most energy-efficient driver will now receive an extra point at each event.
Source: Schaeffler, Schaeffler Group via YouTube
Gallery: Schaeffler 4ePerformance Audi RS3
Powered by the World Champion’s Electric Drive: This is How Quickly Race Technology is Put on the Road
The “Schaeffler 4ePerformance” concept vehicle demonstrates with its Formula E drives how quickly engineering technologies from motorsport can make their way into vehicles that are close to volume production.
2018-05-29 | Herzogenaurach
The “Schaeffler 4ePerformance” concept vehicle demonstrates with its impressive driving performance how quickly modern motorsport technology can be put on the road. The “Schaeffler 4ePerformance” is a good example of how technology is transferred from motor racing to a close-to-volume-production drive concept. The fully-electric vehicle is powered by four Formula E motors with a total power output of 880 kW (1,200 PS) that come from the ABT Schaeffler FE01 Formula E racing car. All of the four drives have been in use throughout the entire second Formula E season – and very successfully. What is more, these electric motors were the basis for world champion Lucas di Grassi’s electric drive from his 2016/2017 championship season.
Schaeffler has been active in ABB FIA Formula E, the world’s first electric racing series, from the first season. This makes the automotive supplier one of the pioneers of electric mobility that have believed in the vision of electric motorsport. The electric racing series is an ideal test field for the development of electric mobility technologies and perfectly suits the company’s corporate strategy “Mobility for tomorrow”, with which the globally active technology group helps shape the future of mobility.
The relevance of the development close to volume production is especially reflected by the “Schaeffler 4ePerformance” concept vehicle, where knowledge of comprehensive systems expertise, drives, and software and battery management is transferred directly to all of the Schaeffler Group's development departments. In the case of the “Schaeffler 4ePerformance”, the relevant expert areas of Schaeffler Motorsports, the Schaeffler E-Mobility business division, and the company’s subsidiaries Schaeffler Engineering and Compact Dynamics have worked closely together, and were complimented by ABT Sportsline’s expertise with regard to the entire vehicle. The impressive high-performance vehicle is based on the steel body of a high-volume production vehicle. The implementation of this project resulted from a joint idea by Lucas di Grassi and Prof. Peter Gutzmer. The objective of this idea was to gain the best possible learning results from Formula E and apply them to volume production.
The “Schaeffler 4ePerformance” is powered by no fewer than four Formula E drives from the winning ABT Schaeffler FE01 racing car, each of which provides a power output of 220 kW. In total, an all-electric drive power of up to 880 kW (approx. 1,200 PS) is available, accelerating the concept racing car from 0 to 200 km/h in less than 7 seconds. Each individual motor is directly connected to a wheel by means of a spur gear unit, while two motors share one gearbox housing and thereby form an electric twin axle. This architecture enables selective control of drive torque to individual wheels (torque vectoring). The power required for this is provided by two batteries with an overall capacity of 64 kWh. “For Schaeffler, this vehicle is a test laboratory on wheels thanks to its free scaling options for the drive power. We are currently testing and developing our own driving dynamics control system, which is based on physical vehicle and wheel modeling. We have been learning a lot especially in the area of software-based driving dynamics control systems”, says Simon Opel, Director Special Projects Motorsports at Schaeffler.
“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 Prof. Peter Gutzmer, CTO of Schaeffler. The automotive supplier offers a wide range of products for electric mobility and the electrification of the entire drive train: From technologies for 48-volt hybridization and high-voltage hybrid modules that have been tested in volume production through to modular electric axles that will soon also be applied in renowned upper-class electric vehicles in Europe, after first volume-production solutions have been offered in China. “Schaeffler 4ePerformance” could be a supplement to volume-production drive concepts for electric high-performance sports cars.
The facts at a glance
Motors from the Abt Schaeffler FE01 Formula E racing car (season II)
Integration of four electric motors with a power output of 220 kW each (Pmax)
Overall power output of 880 kW (approx. 1,200 PS)
MGU with 320 Nm of peak torque
From 0 to 200 km/h in less than 7 seconds
Selective wheel drive
Battery capacity: 64 kWh
Concept and overall vehicle design: Schaeffler Technologies
Overall design and manufacturing of the gearbox: Schaeffler Engineering
Vehicle design: Schaeffler Technologies & ABT Sportsline
Motor and gearbox efficiency of approx. 95 percent under full-load conditions
Here you can find the highlight video clip about the “Schaeffler 4ePerformance” .