Today, Formula E racing—all-electric cars capable of 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 3 seconds and top speeds of 225 km/h—are important platforms for
developing battery technology and electric powertrains.
But racing is not the only endeavor where these
technologies can be applied. Engineers from the worlds’
best solutions providers have developed partnerships
with race teams to create synergies where technologies
that help win on race day can be transferred to a broad
range of applications. Military and commercial aerospace,
military ground vehicles, industrial automation,
appliances, and automotive are among the industries that
will benefit from the lessons learned about withstanding
harsh environments characterized by tremendous shock
and vibration, extremes in temperatures, and chemical
Making Sense of Performance
An electronics-first approach is changing the design of
racecars. As more sensors deliver more data to monitor,
control, and communicate car performance, packaging
and interconnection of electronics becomes ever more
challenging. The harsh environment, coupled with the
ever-present need to save weight and make efficient use
of constrained space, makes autosport an ideal real-world
platform for development engineering.
Sensors measure just about everything on the car
that can be measured: pressures, speeds, temperatures,
displacements. A Formula E car can have 200 data
channels providing information that must be collected
and logged—creating gigabytes of data. The data is used
three ways. Some is directed to the driver’s display.
Other data is sent by telemetry to the race team for
real-time analysis that will allow adjustments to be
made during pit stops. Finally, all the data will be
analyzed after the race. The data forms a treasure trove
of information about the car’s performance to allow
adjustments to the mechanical and aerodynamic setup.
The sensors must be connected to the computers logging
the data by cable assemblies.
Weight reduction is critical to competitive advantage.
A few grams saved here and a few more saved there
can add up to significant savings overall. There is also a
By Paul Webb, Business Development Manager, DEUTSCH Autosport Group, TE Connectivity
Formula E Racing: A Testbed For
Developing New Technologies
Formula E, a class of auto racing that uses only electric-powered cars, enables a unique opportunity to further development of
Formula E racing provides a testbed for developing sensor
and connector technology having a wide range of applications
(Source: TE Connectivity).