BOSCH TO DEVELOP ELECTRONIC VEHICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR FORMULA E
The development will be part of a new long-term partnership between Bosch and Dragon/Penske Autosport
Bosch Motorsport and the Dragon/Penske Autosport Formula E Team have agreed on a long-term technology and engineering partnership for the Los Angeles and UK headquartered racing team’s cars in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
Within the framework of this cooperation, Bosch will be developing an electronic vehicle management system specially tailored to the requirements of the Formula E vehicle along with the corresponding hardware and software components required.
The system core is represented by the central MS 50.4P vehicle control unit (VCU). Apart from the motor functions and central energy management, the MS 50.4P also controls other vehicle functions such as brake energy recovery and the display in the driver cockpit.
“Collaboration with Dragon enhances our successful involvement as a series sponsor of Formula E,” said Dr Markus Heyn, member of the board of management at Robert Bosch GmbH. “With this partnership, Bosch underscores its claim as a leading supplier of powertrain management solutions, both in electromobility for production vehicles and in electrified motorsports.”
Plans entail deploying the innovative vehicle management system in a race for the first time in spring 2021.
Preparations are already underway, and Bosch is also planning to develop an entire electric powertrain for Formula E season 9.
The central VCU offered by Bosch represents the heart of the vehicle electronics for the electric race cars of the Dragon/Penske Autosport Team.
Bosch has developed a bespoke vehicle wiring harness to provide optimum integration within the cars. Bosch also equips the Team’s development car with data loggers to improve the Team’s research and testing capabilities.
In order to optimally adapt the new vehicle electronics to the overall vehicle, Bosch provides its RaceConnect LTE cloud solution during development and test driving for transferring telemetric data and data analysis.
This provides the race team engineers with all the important parameters and data on the vehicle, powertrain, and tyres, enabling them to be analysed and optimised swiftly and efficiently.
As the Formula E regulations prescribe the use of many systems, the performance of the electronic system makes a decisive contribution to racing success.
Moreover, with the race energy management function of the MS 50.4P the vehicle’s driving performance is adapted dynamically so that the fastest possible lap time can be achieved with a specified amount of energy.
What is more, the central vehicle control unit also ensures maximum energy recovery rates in the interplay between the electric and hydraulic brakes, and adapts the powertrain and brakes to the individual race conditions, thereby optimising vehicle feedback to the driver.
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