For decades, motorsports and huge combustion engines were inseparable. More and more alternatives are emerging, however, and many auto racing series are rethinking their approaches. As we’ve seen in the automobile industry as a whole, new powertrain solutions such as electromobility are becoming increasingly important; and energy efficiency plays a major role. It no longer matters who is the fastest, but instead who can finish first while using as little energy as possible.
As a result, some race tracks are no longer overpowered by the deafening roar of motors and the smell of gasoline! In the Formula E racing series, electric race cars compete for victory. Still integral to the race is a lot of excitement, action, and cutting-edge technologies!
And ITK is there as well! As a long-term technology partner of Audi Sport, we have supported the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team since 2016. In addition, ITK helps develop software for the race cars of Lucas di Grassi, Formula E champions of the 2016-2017 season and his teammate Daniel Abt. Our work encompasses powertrain control including the energy strategy, and a cockpit display that serves as a human-machine interface for visualizing energy values. This season, we are deeply involved in the simulation and evaluation of vehicle concepts. In the field of driving dynamics functions, ITK optimizes the power and torque controllers.
As part of our collaboration with Audi Sport, we handle the entire software-development cycle: from requirements analysis and development to verification and validation until the integration into the vehicle.