Why Audi has to treat Formula E like Le Mans

Why Audi has to treat Formula E like Le Mans

Audi enters its first season as a fully blown Formula E entrant with #1 on its leading car, but that doesn't mean it arrives at the top of the pile. It knows that, so it had no choice but to treat the electric series like its formerly dominant LMP1 programme

Winning at the slowest possible speed is an old racing philosophy espoused to great effect by Alain Prost in his Formula 1-conquering days, so there's some irony in how last season he watched a Formula E rival put it into practice.

The Renault Z.E.15 was the pick of the powertrains in the first season of open motor/gearbox/inverter competition, and the evolutionary Z.E.16 kept the Prost/Jean-Paul Driot-run Renault e.dams team atop the pack in performance terms. But Lucas di Grassi and Abt Audi Sport, with a sprinkling more Audi assistance than before, managed to steal the title at the final round... despite being slower throughout most of the season.

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