GKN Automotive developing advanced cooling technology for Jaguar Racing’s Formula E electric race cars

This technology is not just essential for progression on the track but also the road for electric vehicles (EVs) in the future

By
Ian Osborne
August 13, 2021
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EV Life

GKN Automotive, who are Jaguar Racing’s official eDrive partner, is developing advanced cooling technologies to improve system efficiencies in their Formula E race cars. They are designing advanced powertrain cooling technologies for both the inverter and electric motor, to enhance system efficiencies.

Formula E is a championship centred around efficiency and there’s a real need to preserve energy to get to the finish line. Smaller, lighter, more powerful eDrive systems are key to improving lap time performance.

It is better directed, efficient, advanced cooling that keeps component temperature in control and protects the crucial system efficiency. This gives drivers an energy advantage by the end of the race.

This ability to have smaller, lighter eDrive systems is not just essential for progression on the racetrack but also on the road. The same issues found in a race car apply, meaning cooling technology is essential.

Advanced cooling on future road vehicles will lead to increased range and enhanced performance for electric vehicle (EV) drivers, with efficiencies that can reduce weight and cost. We’re sure these high-end race technologies will end up filtering down to electric road vehicles in time.

Dr Dirk Kesselgruber, president ePowertrain at GKN Automotive, said: “At GKN Automotive, we pioneered electric drive systems and are now using our expertise both on and off track to drive the future of transportation.

“Our team at the Innovation Centre in Abingdon, UK, works in close collaboration with Jaguar Racing’s engineers to find these cooling gains, which bring both an energy advantage at the track and an affordable, uncompromised eDrive for the road.”

James Barclay, Jaguar Racing team principal, said: “Efficiency really is key to performing on track in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The knowledge and capabilities GKN Automotive has provided to our team have been crucial to keeping system efficiency high and aiding energy management. Ultimately, advanced cooling technology helps win races.”

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