Lola Group and Drayson Racing Technologies (DRT) today announce at the 2011 Cenex LCV event at Rockingham further detail on the groundbreaking Lola-‐Drayson B12/69EV all-‐electric prototype racing car.
The major partnership between Lola and Drayson to build an electric powered LMP (Le Mans Prototype) car was announced in July. Today, both Robin Brundle, Managing Director of Lola Group and Lord Paul Drayson, founder and Managing Partner of DRT release the names of the technical partners for the project and what each of the six technology companies will be contributing and developing.
With over 850 horsepower the Lola Drayson all-‐electric sports car aims to be the fastest electric powered race car to lap a circuit. Showcasing technology such as inductive charging, composite battery power, moveable aerodynamics and electrical regenerative damping, the B12/69EV will be one of the most advanced zero emission competition cars to run. Drayson Racing Technologies will be managing the integration of the multiple new technologies on the car and its testing and demonstration programme beginning at the end of this year.
The official partners and suppliers on the B12/69EV are:
• BAE Systems -‐ Structural Carbon Battery
• Multimatic -‐ Dynamic Suspensions Energy Recovery Damper (DSERD)
• Halo IPT -‐ Wireless Charging
• Cosworth -‐ Electronic Control Systems
• Oxford YASA Motors -‐ Motors
• Mavizen A123 -‐ Batteries
• Rinehart Motion Systems -‐ Inverters
• WMG, University of Warwick -‐ Advanced Sustainable Materials
In an on-‐going development quest to add more innovation to the B12/69EV project, Lola Group and DRT are continuing to actively seek additional partners and suppliers to the programme.
Commenting today on the details of the Lola-‐Drayson all-‐electric project, Lola Managing Director, Robin Brundle said: "Lola has been known throughout its history as a technically adventurous company that has helped shape the motorsport industry. Today's announcement evidences our commitment to ensuring that with our partners and suppliers we can be the leaders in pioneering future technologies that will be an intrinsic part of both the automotive and motorsport industries."
Also commenting on today's announcement was Lord Paul Drayson, who said: "Cutting edge innovation with an emphasis on sustainable and clean power are the key elements of the Lola-‐ Drayson B12/69EV all-‐electric LMP demonstrator. Everyone involved in the project is committed to combining ultra high performance with ground breaking innovation and the development of new green technologies.”
About Lola Cars International:
In its 53rd year of business, Lola is one of the longest established and most successful designers and constructors of racing cars in the world, keeping itself at the forefront of design and technology by investing in state of the art facilities including Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis, a 50% scale wind tunnel and a 7 post aerodynamic suspension and chassis set up rig. The company is equipped and has the skills to carry out any major motorsport programmes for a manufacturer from F1 through every category of motorsport.
Having built more customer racing cars than any other constructor in the history of motorsport, Lola now also services the Aerospace, Renewables, Automotive, Defence and Communications industries with a complete design and build capability in advanced carbon composites.
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About Drayson Racing
￼￼Drayson Racing Technologies LLP is a research & development business based in the heart of the UK’s world-‐leading motorsport industry at Kidlington, near Oxford. Paul Drayson, a former biotechnology entrepreneur and the UK Minister for Science and Innovation in the previous government, formed Drayson Racing Technologies LLP with his wife, Elspeth, to act as a racing laboratory to pioneer the development of green technologies in the challenging environment of motor racing. Since then Drayson Racing has achieved a number of notable firsts racing second-‐ generation biofuels and has latterly focused on the emerging field of electric racing.
For more information please visit: www.draysonracingtechnologies.com
Drayson Racing Technologies LLP
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Lola-‐Drayson B12/69EV - Official partners
BAE Systems will provide new structural composite battery technology
BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) will be developing 'multi-‐functional materials' for integration into the vehicle. These multi-‐functional materials combine the structural strength of composites with the ability to store electrical energy able to power onboard electronic devices and systems. Research activity has already successfully demonstrated the ability to amalgamate standard battery chemistries with composites to create a “Structural Battery”.
This novel and innovative multi-‐functional material is manufactured in the same way as normal composites and can be shaped into complex 3D structures. Unlike concepts that embed traditional batteries into structures, BAE Systems structural power capability uses patented technologies to incorporate the chemicals that batteries contain directly into composites. The integration of energy storage into structural elements also provides notable weight savings over traditional
solutions. Currently energy densities -‐ the amount of energy stored per unit of weight -‐ that have been demonstrated are comparable to existing traditional commercial vehicle batteries. Further development of the technology will continue to push the energy storage density available.
The exploitation of Structural Battery technologies within the defence environment can be used to reduce or remove the need for batteries across a wide range of applications. The material could be used in virtually anything that requires electrical power, from small electronic devices in a soldier’s kit, to a complete vehicle. This will provide potentially significant benefits to military platforms and equipment, making them lighter in many instances and reducing the logistical footprint associated with supplying batteries to the frontline.
For the Lola Drayson B12/69EV, Structural Battery technology offers the opportunity to house power for some onboard electronic systems within the structure, allowing the main batteries to be dedicated to propelling the car. We are working in partnership with Lola's engineering teams to develop the manufacturing processes and techniques to scale the capability from existing laboratory demonstrators to meet the structural and power requirements for large scale applications.
About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is a global defence and security company with approximately 100,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and support services.
Andrew Jenkins -‐ Head of Communications Mobile: +44 7801 717037
Cosworth will supply the electronic control systems
Cosworth will be using the expertise gained from providing electronic control systems for hybrid racing vehicles over the last 3 seasons to develop a custom control system for the Lola-‐Drayson B12/69EV.
The system will effectively act as the ‘brain’ for the electric racer, receiving signals from the throttle and brake pedals and managing the electric motor output and battery recharging circuits along with the aero and cooling systems. The control system will be based on the well-‐proven Sigma Lightweight platform that provides the flexibility needed to control the Lola-‐Drayson B12/69EV in a compact, modular package. In addition to controlling the EV powertrain, the Cosworth control system will also drive the cockpit instrumentation and car telemetry providing both the driver and pit crew with data on car performance.
As part of the technical partnership the Lola-‐Drayson will also be able to take advantage of the new Cosworth iSportsAR media radio that will allow Lola-‐Drayson to stream HD video live from the car back to the pits.
Cosworth’s electronics engineers will be working alongside the team at Drayson Racing Technologies to develop the strategies for the control system which will govern the behaviour of the B12/69EV. All strategies will be auto-‐coded from MatLab Simulink. Areas that will be addressed will include traction and torque control and recharging from the innovative Halo damping system.
About the Cosworth Group
The Cosworth Group provides high performance technologies to a diverse range of global industries including aerospace, defence, automotive and sport. In motorsport Cosworth Group develops high performance vehicle electronics and wind tunnel control systems for a wide range of applications. The advanced data acquisition, chassis and powertrain control technologies developed by Cosworth Group’s electronics division are used by champions in major race series around the world including; Formula One, IndyCar, Endurance Racing, World Rallying and MotoGP.
Head of Brand Communications -‐ Cosworth Office: +44 1604 598574
Mobile: +44 7826 938684
Multimatic will supply electrical regenerative dampers for the car
In the same way as a conventional vehicle brake converts kinetic energy into lost heat energy, a hydraulic damper (shock absorber) dissipates the energy of the suspension system through heat transfer from its operating fluid. The conventional suspension damper is therefore, like the brake, classified as an energy dissipation device (ie: not a storage device).
Regenerative braking is a well known energy recovery approach widely used for many years in the electric train industry. Regenerative braking supplants the heat rejection approach by converting kinetic energy into electrical energy during the deceleration cycle for later use in assisting acceleration. This concept has also been more recently adopted by the automotive industry in pure electric and hybrid vehicles to augment electric energy generation.
Multimatic’s DSERD introduces the same overall concept as regenerative braking to the vehicle suspension system. An electric machine replaces the hydraulic damper and the road input energy that is normally converted to rejected heat is utilized to generate electricity stored in a capacitor arrangement for later use.
The DSERD utilizes a unique configuration of mechanical and electrical machine elements to create a rotary device with a substantial motion ratio that facilitates high fidelity damper characteristic generation. An integrated electronic damper controller (EDC) provides a sophisticated closed loop control of the device’s force-‐velocity characteristic. A unique internal stator/external rotor configuration optimizes the electric machine package and significantly reduces inertial effects while also allowing motoring functionality via controlled excitation. This motoring capability facilitates force authority over the suspension system when appropriate thus allowing a partial active regime which can be run with zero energy consumption through use of the stored suspension energy.
About Multimatic Inc.
Multimatic is a global leader in the engineering, development and manufacture of automotive suspension systems and components, supplying OEMs and leading motorsports teams with a full suite of development services and innovative products.
Vehicle dynamics development is a core competency of the Engineering Services Group using an integrated blend of advanced computer simulation, objective testing and subjective assessment, in the lab and on the road.
Director of Communications -‐ Multimatic Inc. email@example.com
Tel. +1 905 470 0025
Halo IPT are providing the Wireless Charging Technology for the car.
• Inductive Power Transfer technology has been developed by HaloIPT to charge a vehicle’s batteries without cables. The system uses two pads; a transmitter pad set into the ground, and a receiver pad, which fits underneath the vehicle. Both pads are roughly the size and thickness of a doormat. The transmitter pad is activated when a receiver pad is nearby, and power is wirelessly transferred to the vehicle battery automatically. Power can be transmitted across large air gaps and the two pads do not need to be in direct alignment to work, as there is superb tolerance to misalignment in any direction. This means that there is no need for drivers to carefully park their vehicle directly over the pad.
• Inductive Power Transfer (IPT) uses the phenomenon, discovered in the 1800s, that an electrical current produces a magnetic field and that a coil placed in this field will generate voltage. HaloIPT wireless charging uses the magnetic field to transfer power into electric vehicle batteries, and thus needs no wires. HaloIPT is vendor-‐agnostic and can therefore be fitted to any vehicle regardless of the model or manufacturer.
• HaloIPT’s technology can also charge an electric vehicle while on the move. This is called dynamic in-‐motion charging. This relies on pads built into the road to create an ‘e-‐way’ for electric vehicle drivers. Drivers would always come off an e-‐way with more charge than the journey consumes, and this would mean an end to ‘range anxiety’.
HaloIPT is a UK-‐based technology development company specialising in public and private transportation. The company was founded in 2010 by research and development commercialisation company UniServices, Trans Tasman Commercialisation Fund (TTCF) and by the global design consultancy Arup. HaloIPT owns the rights to the intellectual property behind its Wireless Charging technology: providing stationary and dynamic in-‐motion charging for electric vehicles, lowering costs and improving usability. HaloIPT’s CEO, Dr Anthony Thomson, has brought together a team of experts in IPT technology from around the world to develop the commercial application of wireless charging.
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