Investigating Formula E Advanced Cooling Systems For Racers – Video

JUN 5 2017 BY JAY COLE 3

Racing all-electric cars is the rage these days with the Formula E, but there is a lot more than just extreme driving skills needed to get the cars to the finish line.

Formula E: Not just the brakes and tires need cooling…but the electric motor too!

In part 2 of a six part series, Marc Priestley (armed with a thermal camera) takes us through all the various systems employed by Formula E teams to keep their all-electric racers cool.

Video Description:

Every Formula E team is faced with multiple challenges to overcome in order to succeed on the racetrack. One such obstacle is the fact that these single-seat racers have no built-in fans, forcing the teams to be inventive with how they cool the car’s battery after each session. Presenter Marc Priestley uses an innovative thermal camera to show how hot these cars actually get.

Getting the temperature just right is crucial as there’s a tight operating-temperature window. With regenerative braking only adding to the heat of the battery, the team’s strategy for cooling the race car has to be effective or the temperature will rise too high, likely marking an end to their race.

In the global market, this information is vital to electric vehicle manufacturers when developing vehicles that are safe for the roads.

Categories: Formula E


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Apparently I’m one of the few who found this to be a very interesting article and video. (19 hours later, 1st comment)

I’d like to know how the internal resistance compares to other EV battery packs since this is the source of heat.

Cheers to Julius Bar for producing this video. Bringing practical resources to bear on technological challenges specific to EVs is part and parcel to an EV-dedicated race series effort. That the lessons and tactics learned in Formula-e will help to improve the function of road-going EVs, and that Formula-E is not solely an alternative reality for greenies to cheer, is a great message for EV and motorsport enthusiasts to receive from Julius Bar and Formula-e.

I wish a good luck on the audi racing team for winning the next race