German automotive manufacturer Audi will begin competing in the Formula E electric car-racing series with full works status from the 2017-18 season, taking over the entry previously held by Abt Sportsline.
Audi will operate under the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler banner, with Schaeffler to remain as technology partner and Abt to continue running the racing team.
Confirmation of the move comes after Audi in October announced that it was to end its historic relationship with the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
The German manufacturer terminated its contract with the motor-racing series at the end of the 2016 season in favour of stepping up its commitment to Formula E.
Peter Mertens, member of the board at Audi, said: “We’ve been supporting the Formula E commitment with increasing intensity in recent months – on the race days, in the development of the new powertrain and in numerous off-track activities as well.
“That Audi will be the first German automobile manufacturer to be actively involved in the racing series starting next season is also a clear commitment of our brand to electric mobility, on the race track as of December and next year on the road as well with the new Audi e-tron.”
Dieter Gass, head of Audi Motorsport, added: “Formula E delivers spectacular motorsport in the hearts of fascinating cities and is a tremendous stage to present electric mobility and motorsport in their most emotive forms.”