Every Second Counts - in the Race and the Development
"Fast lap times and optimizing fuel economy are crucial in motorsports - goals that we reach by developing intelligent software and electronic components."
The functionality in racing vehicles is continuously becoming more complex. This increases the number of electronic components as well as communications via different bus systems in the vehicle. With that in mind, every gram counts in motorsports. A challenge that we gladly accept. Conceptual weight-saving E/E architectures is one of our strengths as well as real-time communications.
Robust and reliable algorithms and electronic components – even under enormous time pressure, you can expect these from us. Using model-based methods and seamless, virtual environments, we provide new functions at an early stage of development – independent of the availability of real system components – without making any pit stops for test-specific adaptations. Check the interaction between individual components before testing on the racetrack – especially for distributed functionalities such as hybrid or gear shift strategies – it can be an enormous advantage.
The regulation of fuel consumption poses new challenges for race teams. In addition to engine performance and aerodynamics, now efficient energy management systems and intelligent control strategies can decide if you bring home a victory. With our experience in the development of energy recovery, battery management and hybrid systems (KERS), we can identify new ways and drive concepts for you and help you efficiently implement them.
- ECU Development
- Engine Control
- Transmission Development
- Hybrid Systems
- Battery Management Systems
- Energy Recovery Systems (KERS)
- Operating Strategies
- On-Board Power Management
- Driving Dynamics Control
- Diagnostics and Data Management
- Performance Simulation and Performance Analysis
- Integrated Simulation Environments for Early Verification and Validation - Based on Measured Data or Course Simulations
Some of our Current Motorsport Projects
Formula E - Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport and ITK Engineering
Being exclusive software partner of the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team in the FIA Formula E Championship, ITK Engineering is developing the entire software package for the vehicles of Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt. In addition to the transmission management system, ITK develops the complete control of the powertrain – including the energy strategy and the battery management system, and the cockpit human-machine interface for display of energy data. ITK is responsible for the whole development cycle – from requirements engineering, through development, verification and validation as well as integration into the vehicle, to trackside support during test runs and racing events. Consistent application of a model-based development approach, as well as verification and validation in early development stages on ITK’s own HiL test benches (hardware-in-the-loop), enables the realization of new functions within the extremely tight development cycles typical in motorsports.
“In Formula E, the software and the powertrain must operate in total harmony, so that our driver can rely one hundred percent on everything – that’s the key to success in this racing championship. With ITK Engineering, we have the perfect partner alongside us – not just for developing the software, but also for continuous setting and ongoing development, as well as trackside support. In motorsports, reliability, precision and the spirit of innovation are required – values that ITK and ABT both share”, says Hans-Juergen Abt, managing director of ABT Sportsline.
A Strong Team - Audi Sport and ITK Engineering
As a technical partner, we've supported Audi Sport until 2016 during their development of the R18 e-tron quattro for years – the winning car of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2012, 2013 and 2014. We were involved in various areas including the drivetrain algorithm design, energy management, vehicle dynamics, simulation, and verification and validation.
Current Events from Formula E
2 April 2017, Win in Mexico – Optimal teamwork between the driver, the vehicle and the software partners
The beginning was everything but easy: Lucas di Grassi started from a disappointing 15th place and dropped to last place in the first round after a collision through no fault of his own and a brave decision of the team to switch race cars. After that, everything went smoothly and di Grassi showed what he and his E-car were really made of. The remaining drivers had almost 20% more energy per round available to then and yet: Thanks to the perfect teamwork between di Grassi, his vehicle, and the software responsible for performance and energy management, which ITK Engineering co-developed as the exclusive software partner of Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, the team was able to have a sensational victory in Mexico. Congratulations!
13 May 2017, Monaco – Driver of the E-Vehicle with ITK software is once again on the podium
The first Formula E Race of the season in Europe is championed again bravely by Lucas di Grassi and the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Team. At the end, the spectators expected an exciting pursuit of di Grassi to catch up to his rival Sébastien Buemi, but he ultimately had to give in to his defeat with only 0.320 seconds lag. All the same: Di Grassi earned another sensational podium result with his E-Vehicle, which was co-developed by ITK Engineering. Congratulations!
20 May 2017, Paris – Turbulent Race for the Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
The race was, for both the team and the fans, a hardly outdone tension: an accident involving di Grassi during a passing maneuver, a too-short pit stop, and a drive-through penalty as well as a defect of Daniel Abt’s vehicle – all of this ensured in the end, however, for a disappointing finale. The previous year’s winner, Lucas di Grassi, did not, after sliding into the track barrier, make it to his goal. Team colleague Daniel Abt finished in 13th place. Nevertheless, the overall result stayed positive: di Grassi can, despite having no increase in the point distribution, maintain his second-place status in the driver ranking. What’s most important: Despite the disappointment, the whole team – the drivers, engineers, and mechanics – will maintain their spirit, learn from these experiences and, together, concentrate completely on the German home race on the 10th and 11th of June in Berlin. We are crossing our fingers!
10/11 June 2017, Berlin – One Pole Position and Two Podium Parties at the Home Game
It was a successful race weekend for Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport: In front of thousands of fans, Lucas di Grassi took two trophies on the runway of the former airport in Berlin Tempelhof despite temperature problems with the battery while Daniel Abt made fourth place, making it his best outcome of the season to date. So brilliantly was this successful racing season advanced at the only Formula E race in Germany. Intelligent software is, amongst other things, responsible for this success, which is becoming more and more of a central element and a decisive factor for racing achievements. We congratulate the entire gang of Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport on this success!
Intelligent energy management contributes again to the Le Mans success
22 percent less fuel was realized within a very short amount of time in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro racing car
„Due to the tight schedule in motorsports, and the increasing complexity of vehicles, proper team collaboration and the expertise of each team member are becoming increasingly important. Our technical partner, ITK Engineering, has supported us in software development for drivetrains, hybrid systems, energy management and vehicle dynamics since 2012. The teamwork at ITK has been perfect – the employees work at the highest levels and are 100% reliable and committed – this is the only way we could achieve our ambitious goals”, said Chris Reinke, head of LMP Audi Sport.
Step 1 - A Passion and Commitment to Mountain Racing!
As part of an open network of more than 30 companies, we were involved in the development of a Mountain race car for the private initiative, Step 1 Project. Our contribution was to provide the entire E/E architecture - from conception and design of the wiring harness, to the networking of individual ECUs. In addition, we specifically developed vehicle ECU's for the collection, processing and analysis of race-specific data. ITK is dedicated to the development of extremely fuel-efficient drive systems in Motorsports. In a virtual environment, we can provide new features early - before you get to the racetrack.