How Porsche squeezes maximum performance and efficiency out of its powertrain

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship requires teams and drivers to walk the tightrope, balancing the need to lap as quickly as possible over a race distance whilst constantly managing available energy. Powertrain efficiency and drive performance go hand in hand, and the team that has the best handle on this trade-off gives itself, and its drivers, the best possible chance of the top step of the podium, with the margins between Formula E’s 12 teams – 10 of which are manufacturer outfits – and 24 world-class drivers finer than ever. “Fully electric racing is about efficiency,” says TAG Heuer Porsche’s Head of Operations Amiel Lindesay. Ansys’ engineers work hand in hand with the Porsche Motorsport engineers to identify where improvements can be made. The confines the teams are given to work within by the FIA and Formula E in developing their cars are tight, so any simulation or modelling has to be error-free and extremely accurate. Using Ansys for simulation allows our engineers to go much quicker to the best solution.”.

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