ELECTRIC/HYBRID
FOR RACE & ROAD
ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE DEVELOPMENT

CUTTING EDGE EV AND
HEV SOLUTIONS

ROAD AND RACE SUCCESS

Zytek has been developing high-performance technology for motorsport and road vehicles since 1981, particularly high performance electrification and hybrid solutions.

We have enjoyed numerous industry firsts such as:

  • First Daimler Smart production electric vehicle.
  • First hybrid system to win its class in IMSA endurance racing.
  • First hybrid to be developed for production outside Japan.
  • First hybrid system to win a race in Formula 1.
  • First Daimler Smart electric vehicle to complete worldwide certification.
  • First battery hybrid system to win a motorsport championship outside Formula 1.
  • First electric system to win a competitive championship in Formula E (drivers and manufacturers).

FROM CONCEPT TO TRACK/ROAD

TURNKEY DEVELOPMENT

Design

  • Electronic – as shown by the design and manufacture of the first digital, re-programmable, microprocessor-controlled engine management system to be used in Formula 1 (with Ayrton Senna), Zytek have a demonstrable track record as pioneers of electronics in motorsport and roadcar applications.
  • Mechanical – from product design to whole vehicle integration, Zytek have all of the capabilities required for a turnkey vehicle build programme.
  • Concept Vehicles  – from an electric single-seater concept with individual wheel motors 20 years before the first season of Formula E, to breaking electric vehicle lap records at the Nürburgring, via designing the electric drive system for the Gordon Murray T.27 powertrain (the world’s most efficient electric car), whatever the challenge, Zytek can provide solutions.
  • Motors – Zytek can supply either off the shelf, or custom-designed electric machines, tailored to the requirements of a particular project. Should customers require ultimate power density, high efficiency, or with a focus on cost-effective solutions, Zytek can provide electric machine solutions for a wide range of hybrid and electric vehicles.
  • Applications Engineering – Zytek can provide in-depth technical expertise and support to ensure the correct application of technology to meet vehicle level targets and therefore achieve the required results.

Testing – Zytek can offer dedicated in-house testing facilities and an experienced team create an environment to test and validate electric systems before they are fitted to end vehicles.

Manufacturing  – whilst most manufacturing of mechanical assemblies is performed by a close network of specialist partners, Zytek have a range of CNC and welding centres in-house that are utilised full time for tasks where turnaround time is imperative.

Innovation  – areas of note:

  1. Motorsport Electronic Systems – Zytek has been designing electronic systems for use in motorsport since 1981, including a range of engine control units, gear shift and clutch control units, battery management systems and wiring harnesses.
  2. Electric Vehicles – from creating our first electric sports car in 1994 to full authority torque-vectoring electric drive units for sportscars, Zytek has been creating electric drive systems for over 27 years.
  3. Hybrid Systems – since creating the first hybrid system for use in top-level endurance racing in 1998, Zytek has been seen as the first stop when customers share our vision of winning races through technology innovation.

TOTAL AUTOMOTIVE DEVELOPMENT

Offering the full range of engineering support for your motorsport or road vehicle project, from concept,
to manufacture, to track/road testing, support, and servicing. Areas of expertise include:

Design

Highly experienced automotive design engineers, delivering electronic, mechanical, concept, prototype and electric motor design solutions.

Applications Engineering

Supporting your application with the technical expertise required to ensure correct integration in line with the specification.

Testing


In-house/track testing facilities and our dedicated team creates the environment to develop highest quality solutions in the quickest time.

Manufacturing

Comprehensive manufacturing capabilities, via a range of in-house welding centres and CNC machines, in combination with a close network of specialist manufacturing partners for items such as mechanical assemblies.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Formula 1: we developed a KERS system for Mercedes for the 2009 F1 season; with 100% reliability under race conditions it was the only KERS system to enjoy two race wins.

Formula E: we developed a motor and inverter system for a leading team over three seasons, achieving 16 race wins and 4 out of 6 drivers and manufacturers championships. 

Super GT racing: we developed an energy recovery system which boasts the first hybrid championship win outside of Formula 1, and was used in Super GT racing for many years.

Yes, we have a rich history of working with both OEMs and the top auto designers, such as:

Audi – the R8 e-tron electric car which appeared in the Iron Man movie franchise.

Gordon Murray Design – the T.27 (the world’s most efficient electric car).

Daimler – on the Smart Fortwos electrification project.

Jaguar Land Rover – the Land Rover Xj_e & Range Rover E electrification projects.

For more information see our case studies page.

From the ground breaking Gordon Murray T.27 powertrain, to the electric single-seater concept with individual wheel motors 20 years before the first season of Formula E, we have a long and rich history developing electric vehicles.

For more information see our vehicle electrification page.

Yes. 

From the motor and inverter that achieved 16 race wins, plus 4 out of 6 drivers and manufacturers championships, to our DCDC Converter which ran faultlessly for over 2 seasons, we also have a rich history of EV development for Formula E.

For more information see our Formula E case study.

RELATED CASE STUDIES

JLR XJE &
RANGE ROVER E

Appointed by Jaguar Land Rover to help create a plug-in hybrid technology solution for their highly successful XJ and Range Rover road vehicles; resulting in the creation of two highly successful demonstrator vehicles.

MERCEDES/MCLAREN FORMULA 1

Selected by Mercedes/McLaren to develop their KERS hybrid system for the 2009 F1 season, our system was the first to enjoy a race win, and the first to win two races, all with 100% reliability.

AUDI R8
E-TRON

Appointed by Audi, Zytek developed the key electrification technology for this existing sports roadcar platform, the outcome was a Nürburgring record for a two wheel drive electric road vehicle.

GORDON MURRAY T27

With a £4.5m UK government backed investment, we were selected by Gordon Murray to develop an ultra-efficient powertrain, resulting in a system 45% lighter than today’s production EV’s and “the world’s most efficient electric car”.

FORMULA E

For a leading Formula E team we supplied the motor and inverters, enjoying 16 race wins and four out of six drivers and manufacturers championships over three seasons.

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