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 in the vehicle as well as their communication with each other. 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, long with real-time communications.
Robust and reliable algorithms and electronic components – even under enormous time pressure, you can expect us to deliver. 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. Checking the interaction between individual components before testing on the racetrack – especially for distributed functionalities such as hybrid or gear shift strategies – can be an enormous advantage.
The regulation of fuel and energy consumption poses new challenges for race teams. Now, in addition to engine performance and aerodynamics, efficient energy management systems and intelligent control strategies can be the deciding factor in bringing home a victory. With our experience in the development of energy recovery, battery management and hybrid systems (KERS, HERS), we can identify new pathway and drive concepts for you and help you efficiently implement them.
- Lean Development Processes
- Efficient Development Methods
- Agile Project Management (e.g. Scrum)
- Drive Train Control
- Model-Based Software Development / Software Engineering
- Technical Regulations
- Balance of Performance
- Track Support
- Custom-Tailored Tool Development
- Hybrid Systems
- Battery Management Systems
- Energy Recovery Systems (e.g. KERS, HERS)
- Operating Strategies
- On-Board Power Management
- Driving Dynamics Control
- Telematics / Telemetry
- Diagnostics and Data Management
- Performance Simulation and Performance Analysis
- Integrated Simulation Environments for Early Verification and Validation – Based on Measured Data or Race Track Simulation
Range of Services Motorsports
Some of our Motorsport Projects
Formula E - Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler and ITK Engineering
Already a long-standing technology partner to Audi Sport, ITK Engineering has, since 2016, been supporting in software development for the vehicles of Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi and his fellow driver Daniel Abt of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. This includes the management of the completely overhauled powertrain for the new Audi e-tron FE04 – including energy strategy and a cockpit display to act as a human-machine interface for the visualization of energy metrics. This season, we are heavily involved in the simulation and evaluation of vehicle concepts. ITK is optimizing the power and torque controllers for better vehicle handling dynamics. Consistent application of a model-based development approach enables the realization of new functions within the extremely tight development cycles typical in motorsports.
Formula E: Driving smart software to victory
New race tracks, short development cycles, and a limited supply of energy add to the excitement
In our work with Audi Sport, ITK supports the whole software development cycle – from requirements analysis and development all the way through to verification, validation and integration into the vehicle. “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.
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.