ZYTEK HISTORY
FROM CONCEPTS TO RACE WINS

40 YEARS OF ZYTEK

WORLD LEADING
MOTORSPORT SOLUTIONS

When Zytek was founded in 1981 by Bill Gibson, the company’s initial focus was to provide engine management systems to motorsport.

By 1987, Zytek had expanded into racing engine design and build, powering teams to championships in International Formula 3000 and the Le Mans Series. 

Zytek became widely recognised as the number one engine supplier for one make championships such as the Formula 3000, A1GP, Renault FR3.5 Series and Auto GP championships.

In 2009, Zytek produced its own Le Mans Prototype, which ran with a Zytek Q10 Hybrid system finishing on the podium on its debut at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut in the fifth round of the American Le Mans Series.

Zytek’s motorsport success led to a successful road car business, initially using its engine management knowledge to power a new generation of ultra high-power supercars such as the Jaguar XJ220. Soon Zytek was working with some of the leading names in performance motoring, including Aston Martin, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, and the high performance V10 Dodge Viper.

In the mid 1990s, Zytek began the development of what was to become the highest power-density electric vehicle drivetrain available at the time. By 1999, Zytek was awarded a turnkey hybrid development programme by General Motors, firmly establishing the company as one of the world’s leading integrators of electric and hybrid-electric drive systems.

The first season of Formula E in 2014 saw Zytek engaged as the motor and inverter supplier for one of the leading teams, designing, manufacturing, testing and delivering race systems in just over six months. This led to many successful seasons working with the Formula E World Champions. 

HISTORY TIMELINE

F300 EV

1996: F3000 EV Drive system and vehicle build

Proto ESX HEV

1997: Proto ESX HEV Series hybrid drivetrain design

Proto Lotus EV

1998: Proto Lotus EV EV drive design and vehicle build

Panoz HEV

1999: Panoz HEV 100kW drivetrain design and build

Proto Smart EV

2000: Proto Smart EV Drivetrain design, vehicle integration

GM Hybrid

2001: GM Hybrid Truck architecture study for new 42V HEV platform

Proto HEV Study

2002: Proto HEV study 48V BSG electric machine design

Proto Smart HEV

2003: Proto Smart HEV Parallel hybrid design and build

GM Hybrid Pickup

2004: GM Hybrid Truck HCM and vehicle integration

Prototype-BSG

2005: Prototype BSG Combustion assisted crank of a V8 engine

Proto Smart HEV

2006: Proto Smart HEV Dual mode hybrid design and build

Modec EV

2007: Modec EV Drivetrain design, vehicle integration

Equinox FCEV

2008: Equinox FCEV Integration engineering

F1 KERS HEV

2009: F1 KERS HEV 60kW motor and inverter

OEM Smart EV

2010: OEM Smart EV Drivetrain design, vehicle integration

Navistar E Star EV

2011: Navistar eStar EV FMVSS and drivetrain update

Honda HSV

2012: Honda HSV 50kW motor, inverter, battery

Morgan Plus EV

2013: Morgan plusE EV Prototype vehicle build and test

Honda CRZ HEV

2014: Honga CRZ HEV 60kW motor, inverter, battery

BMW M6 GT3

2015: BMW M6 GT3 Electronic Gearshift System

Renault FE

2016: Renault FE Electric propulsion system

Audi R8 Etron

2017: Audi R8 eTron EV Drivetrain design and integration

JLE Evoque

2018: JLE Evoque_e Prototype drivetrain design

2019: Formula E DCDC converter – air cooled

Formula E

2020:Formula E DCDC converter – water cooled

40th Anniversary Celebration

2021: Zytek celebrates 40th Anniversary

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