Daniel Abt drives the next-gen Audi FE05 for the first time at Calafat

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Daniel Abt has driven the new Audi e-tron FE05 for the first time during a two-day test at the Circuit Calafat, Spain. The German driver took to the track, while the engineers gathered important data for the development of the all-electric race car.

Between rounds seven and eight of the current Formula E season, Abt tested the next generation of the all-electric race car for the first time. His teammate, Lucas di Grassi, had previously driven the first kilometers in the Audi e-tron FE05 at the end of March.

Team principal Allan McNish was pleased with the positive driver feedback: “It’s a good sign that Daniel and Lucas instantly feel comfortable in the new car and handle it well. A lot of work has been invested in the whole development project, not only in the tests on the track but also at home in Neuburg [Germany]. Even though we still have a lot of work to do we know that we’re heading in the right direction.”

“I was really excited about my first test and arrived in Spain with great expectations – and they were even surpassed. Driving is huge fun and the car marks a major step forward in every respect,” said Abt.

“On the race track, the Audi e-tron FE05 looks even more spectacular than it does on pictures. When you’re driving between other cars you almost feel like you’re in a science fiction movie.”

While the next tests with the Audi e-tron FE05 are scheduled for May, the current season continues in Paris, France, this weekend (April 28).

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