The world’s first racing collection for all-electric Method autos is rising steadily in recognition. Following within the footsteps of producers like Audi, Jaguar and Mahindra, the fifth season will see BMW and Nissan becoming a member of the collection with manufacturing facility groups. Mercedes and Porsche are planning a factory-backed entry in season six.
New guidelines this yr will usher in lots of modifications. The Gen2 automotive will rejoice its debut on the monitor with double the battery power storage capability of its predecessor, the Gen1 automotive. This implies it may full all the race with out the mid-race automotive swap beforehand mandatory. The Gen2 automotive has elevated energy output of 250 kW, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and has a prime pace of 280 km/h. Venturi shall be sending former Method 1 drivers Felipe Massa (BR) and Edoardo Mortara (SUI) on the hunt for factors this yr. The German HWA Racelab staff will enter the Method E as a Venturi buyer staff and purchase its autos from Monaco-based Venturi. Accordingly, the electrical ZF driveline shall be in at least 4 autos within the beginning line-up for the brand new season.
Cooperation to be expanded
As a part of their partnership, ZF has equipped the Monaco-based Venturi staff with shock absorbers for its automobiles and developed a brand new transmission for season 4. Mid-December will mark the primary time Venturi takes to the monitor with a whole newly developed driveline from ZF. Along with an improved transmission, the driveline additionally consists of newly developed energy electronics and electrical motor.
“The pace of growth in skilled motorsports is extraordinarily quick. As a result of the necessities for the general system have been unclear for such a very long time, we needed to make many short-term modifications and construct contingencies into our growth work,” explains Tobias Hofmann, Technical Challenge Supervisor Electrical Axle Drive Method E. “Ultimately, our success hinged on good, Group-wide cooperation. Along with the E-Mobility division, ZF Race Engineering and ZF Superior Engineering additionally performed key roles within the growth of the driveline.”
Basic know-how meets next-generation expertise
The whole system is the primary electrical driveline from ZF that has been developed purely to be used in motorsports. Along with excessive efficiency and torque density, the Method E driveline has a lot better effectivity than usually seen in collection purposes. It clearly exceeds most key efficiency information from season 4. A completely new idea has additionally been applied for the interaction concerning the suspension of the electrical motor and the transmission.
As a result of engine output is regulated in Method E, energy switch is extraordinarily vital. “With a view to keep aggressive within the battle for finest lap occasions, we would have liked to make important modifications to the transmission design. For the primary time, this new transmission makes use of a single-gear idea in addition to new supplies, reminiscent of a metallic light-weight alloy for the transmission housing. The brand new idea has enabled us, as soon as once more, to scale back the transmission weight considerably; by practically 40% in comparison with the earlier season’s design,” says Hofmann. “The brand new driveline has enabled a big improve in effectivity as effectively.”
The inverter, additionally newly developed, is ZF’s first energy electronics product with high-performance silicon-carbide modules. The casing for the inverter is made completely of carbon fiber bolstered plastic. The clever management software program relies on years of testing in quantity manufacturing and has been specifically tailored to the particular calls for of motorsports.
Norbert Odendahl, CEO of ZF Race Engineering, is wanting ahead to an thrilling season: “Along with our traditional core motorsports merchandise reminiscent of shock absorbers and clutches, we now wish to use the brand new ZF electrical driveline to spotlight our competence in prime flight motorsports and electromobility, notably underneath the hardest of situations. Method E offers the optimum platform for us to do exactly that.”