Mahindra Racing’s Formula E team is investing in a new engineering base that will include a state-of-the-art simulator and design office in the UK.
As revealed by e-racing365 last month, the Indian team has moved its core engineering and commercial staff to a new facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire.
Team Principal Dilbagh Gill, who is based in Boston but spends the majority of his time in the UK, is bullish about the investment into its race-winning team.
“Our new place will have the design and simulation elements of our team all under one roof,” Gill told e-racing365.
“We want to create ‘a race-to-road environment’ here. We shall still work pretty closely with Campos in Spain where the assembly, maintenance and testing will still happen.
“We will be bringing guys over for race operations during weekends to be here in a mission control, so we will have people here under the direction of Juan Ramirez, who is our Head of Simulation.”
“Mahindra Formula E team is hiring software control people and other technicians presently, so we are very much expanding our simulation capabilities.”
Ramirez joined Mahindra earlier this year and comes with a wealth of experience from roles at Toyota Motorsport GmbH and both the now-defunct Caterham and Manor F1 teams.
Mahindra’s New Simulator
E-racing365 visited Mahindra’s new office earlier this month where members of the team were in the process of moving in.
Gill, Commercial Manager Jim Wright, and the PR/communications team were already ensconced in the new Banbury headquarters.
The team recently announced a deal for a brand-new simulator that’s been commissioned by Dutch technology specialists Cruden.
The Cruden package comes with Panthera simulator software that allows Mahindra’s existing vehicle model, which is also used for lap time simulation, to be integrated and used as a real-time driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulation model, as well as access to a full library of Formula E street circuits.
Mahindra has supplemented its track testing recently with the use of the AVL Testing facility in Graz, Austria. Team engineers spent several days there recently utilizing the powertrain and vehicle dynamic testing facilities ahead of Hong Kong.
E-racing365 also understands that Mahindra is working closely with a well-known partner in the field of semi-conducting technology through the use of Silicon carbide (SiC). The significant deal is expected to be announced in Hong Kong next week.
Making power electronics smaller, stronger and faster, SiC is a compound of silicon and carbon. It is produced using a crystal growth process of sublimation and exposure to high temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Celsius.
The major advantage in SiC is with making components such as inverters smaller and lighter.
Mahindra has already trimmed off 20 kgs from its Season Three package, with 3 kgs alone coming from a new advanced paint supplier.