Formula E: Two Brits take the honours at the Diriyah E-Prix
The Formula E is back for its sixth season, presenting a whole a new battle between German carmakers as Mercedes and Porsche join Audi and BMW in the all-electric racing series. At the season opener, two British drivers dominated headlines; Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing) and Alexander Sims (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) claimed victories at […] Weiterlesen
BMW is branching out at the IAA
The new BMW boss Oliver Zipse briefly outlined his new drive strategy at the IAA. He avoided making a commitment to battery-electric cars such as VW did and stressed various options. With the ‘i Hydrogen Next’, BMW is also presenting a fuel cell car. Weiterlesen
AVTR, Schaeffler, Bulls, Andretti.
Small EV: The European AVTR project (Optimal Electrical Powertrain via Adaptable Voltage and Transmission Ratio) focuses on developing a small electric car that fulfills the Japanese Kei Car specifications and combines modularity, low cost, producibility, and design. Fraunhofer IISB , Dräxlmaier , Panasonic and IFEVS were responsible for the battery system.
ABT heart: For the second ePrix season, ABT’s exclusive technology partner Schaeffler developed the drivetrain for the ABT Schaeffler FE01 race car. The heart is the electric motor called ABT Schaeffler MGU 01, said to combine the best possible efficiency, high reliability and optimal thermal management thanks to a modified cooling system.
Connected e-bike: At the Eurobike, manufacturer Bulls will present its connected pedelec ‘Bulls Sturmvogel E Evo,’ developed together with Deutsche Telekom and Brose. The e-bike can analyse wears and tears, warn against (its) possible robbery and even call for help during an accident.
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More drivetrain troubles: The Andretti Autosport Formula E team has issues with its new drivetrain, developed for the second season. It therefore announced that it will stick with the Spark SRT_01E from season one. Earlier, team Trulli had reported a similar problem.
Formula E manufacturers for second season.
FIA has chosen 8 manufacturers which will be allowed to build their own drivetrain for the second season of the Formula E. That includes specifically the e-motor, the inverter, the gearbox and the cooling system. The “chosen ones” are ABT Sportsline, Andretti, Mahindra, Motomatica, NEXTEV TCR, Renault Sport, Venturi Automobiles and Virgin Racing Engineering.