Bosch Motorsport and the DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT Formula E Team have agreed on a long-term technology and engineering partnership for the racing team’s cars in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. As part of the 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.
Plans entail deploying the vehicle management system in a race for the first time in spring 2021. Bosch is also planning to develop an entire electric powertrain for Formula E season 9.
Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management at Robert Bosch GmbH. says: “Collaboration with DRAGON enhances our successful involvement as a series sponsor of Formula E. 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.”
Jay Penske, Owner and Team Principal of DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT adds: “We are very excited to embark on this journey with Bosch in Formula E. We are grateful for the support of Bosch Engineering and the entire Bosch Global board. Through our work together we will provide Bosch with a platform to both showcase its capabilities as it develops Formula E specific technologies, while also using the Team’s story-telling abilities to illustrate the role Bosch is playing as a leader in the electrification of the mobility industry. This long-term technical partnership marks a significant turning point for the Team, and I look forward to seeing the fruits of our alliance on track this Season when we introduce our new PENSKE AUTOSPORT package later this year.”
“When optimizing the control software, we aim to always strike the right balance between energy efficiency and lap times under all track and racing conditions in order to optimally exploit the vehicle’s full potential. The extensive transfer of know-how and expertise at Bosch between volume production developments and applications for the race track help us in this regard,” states Dr. Klaus Böttcher, Vice President Bosch Motorsport.
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.