Schaeffler has unveiled a concept road car powered by four Formula E motors to demonstrate the road-relevance of motorsport technology.
The Schaeffler 4ePerformance has four motors used by the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team during Season Two of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, and produces 880 kW of power.
The concept came about through a joint idea from Lucas di Grassi and Prof. Peter Gutzmer, CTO at Schaeffler, with an aim to show how Formula E technology could be applied to volume production.
Each individual motor is directly connected to a wheel through a spur gear unit, while two motors share one gearbox housing, forming an electric twin axle.
This allows for selective control of drive torque to individual wheels.
Two batteries with an overall capacity of 64 kWh are necessary to power the concept vehicle.
“For Schaeffler, this vehicle is a test laboratory on wheels thanks to its free scaling options for the drive power,” said Simon Opel, Director Special Projects Motorsports at Schaeffler.
“We are currently testing and developing our own driving dynamics control system, which is based on physical vehicle and wheel modeling.
“We have been learning a lot especially in the area of software-based driving dynamics control systems.”