MAHLE Motorsport is energised. As of the 2018/19 season, we will be involved in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as specialists in the area of electromobility. As the official partner and team sponsor of HWA RACELAB we are looking forward to a promising maiden season.
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Stoffel Vandoorne contested 41 Formula 1 races for McLaren between 2016 and 2018, scoring 26 world championship points. The Belgian is now making his Formula E debut with HWA RACELAB. Before embarking on his Formula 1 career, Vandoorne had made a name for himself in the GP2 series. He finished runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship in his first GP2 season in 2014, before dominating the series on his way to the title the following year.
Gary Paffett is making his Formula E debut with HWA RACELAB in 2018/19. However, the Englishman has enjoyed great success with this team in the DTM in recent years. Most recently, he won the Drivers’ Championship in 2018. This was his second title in the touring car series, having previously won in 2005 – again with the HWA team. Paffett can also call on a wealth of experience in single-seater racing: he won the British Formula 3 Championship in 2000 and was Formula 1 test driver for McLaren between 2005 and 2016.
The new form of motorsport.
Formula E is constantly become more attractive – and the same is true of the racing cars. HWA RACELAB is set to enter its maiden season in 2018/19 with the second car generation. It not only looks more spectacular than before, it delivers more energy and range for racing, whereby the previous change of car is no longer necessary.
Formula E uses all-weather tyres. In contrast with Formula 1, Formula E cars have much larger wheel rims – 18 instead of 13 inch. The background to this is the proximity to production technology: the 18-inch tyres used in Formula E are very similar to commercial tyres. Each driver has a maximum of four new front tyres and four new rear tyres available on a race weekend.
The uniform chassis takes a totally new aerodynamic approach. In addition to the fully covered wheels, the main thing that stands out is that the previous classic rear wing has been replaced with two small spoilers over the rear wheels and a huge rear diffusor.
Like Formula 1 since 2018, the Gen2 car of Formula E has the Halo cockpit protection. The curved bracket over the otherwise open driver’s cockpit is designed to protect the drivers from flying parts.
Attack mode and FanBoost.
The drivers can use a new “attack mode” for the first time. To be able to use 25 kW more power for a short time, they must leave the racing line in an activation zone. After that the drivers can attack with extra energy. As in previous years, there will be the “FanBoost”, which the five drivers with the most votes online or via Twitter can use for five seconds in the second half of the race.
The heart of the new cars is a battery that with 54 instead of 28 kWh is almost twice as powerful. This enables greater top performance and improved range, whereby the previous change of cars is no longer necessary.
The powertrain is developed by the teams themselves or purchased from other teams. The maximum performance will increase from 200 kW to 250 kW and during the race from 180 to 200 kW for Season 5. The Formula E cars reach speeds of 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 280 instead of the previous 225 km/h.
A Formula E car must weigh at least 900 kilogrammes including driver throughout the entire race weekend in 2018/19, which is 20 kilogrammes more than the previous season. One reason for the increase is the greater weight of the new battery (385 instead of 230 kilogrammes).
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We make e-mobility happen.
E-mobility is one of MAHLE’s technologies for future mobility, not only in series production but also on the racetrack. Take a look behind the scenes, as we open the doors to our e-mobility lab. What Carsten particularly appreciates about MAHLE is the combination of future-oriented work and the enjoyable, employee-oriented environment. Is this something that is important to you as well? Then get to know MAHLE better.Join the team
We make e-mobility happen.
E-mobility is one of MAHLE’s technologies for future mobility, not only in series production but also on the racetrack. Take a look what happens behind the scenes at a Formula E raceweekend. We might not be as close to the E-Prix action as Torben, who is responsible for Stoffel Vandoorne’s car in Formula E. But at MAHLE we are already working on the e-mobility of tomorrow. Are you interested in getting involved? Then take a look at what we have on offer for experts like you.Join the team
MAHLE to the power of E.
Take a look behind the scenes, as we open the doors to our e-mobility lab.
One key element for e-mobility is thermal management, as it’s directly related to, for example, the charging speed of the battery. At his MAHLE lab, Andre is currently shaping the next generation of thermal management. Would you also like to work at the forefront of technology? Then find out more about the career options at MAHLE.Join the team