Andretti Works To Improve Formula E Power

Houston Mechatronics Inc and Andretti Technologies have teamed to develop an advanced electric powertrain to propel Andretti’s Formula E race car, which will debut in season two of the Formula E Championship.

The motor and supporting power and control electronics successfully completed the initial FIA inspection at Donington Raceway in England this week. Formula E is the world’s first fully electric racing series and aims to represent a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a framework for R&D around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars, and promoting clean energy and sustainability.

For season two, Formula E will operate as an open championship, allowing teams and manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their own electrical energy innovations, with the ultimate aim of filtering those improvements in powertrains and battery technology into the everyday electric vehicle market. Working to the technical specifications set out by the FIA, Houston Mechatronics used an innovative evolutionary computing design technique derived from NASA supported technology to develop the new electric motor currently undergoing testing at Andretti Motorsports and HMI’s Texas facility.

According to Nicolaus Radford, co-founder and CTO of HMI, "We are passionate about bringing our expertise to bear on relevant societal challenges. We see our partnership with Andretti Technologies within Formula E racing as an exciting opportunity to directly contribute to the advancement of electric vehicles for the future."

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