MOTORSPORT ENGINEERING
SOLUTIONS
MOTORSPORT PIONEERS SINCE 1981

FROM CONCEPTS TO RACE WINS

ELECTRONIC & ELECTRIFICATION SPECIALISTS

Zytek have been designing high-performance vehicle systems for motorsport since 1981, specialising in electronics and electrification.

Our clients have enjoyed a great deal of success with the race car technology we have developed and integrated into their vehicles, for example:

  • Mercedes/McLaren F1: in the 2009 F1 season our Kinetic Energy Recover System showed 100% reliability under race conditions, was the first such system to win a race and was the only system to enjoy two race wins, both with Lewis Hamilton.
  • Formula E: over three seasons our motor and inverter system helped customers achieve 16 race wins from 33 race starts and four out of six drivers and manufacturers championships.
  • Super GT Racing: used in endurance racing for over three years, our energy recovery system was the very first battery hybrid system outside of F1 to enjoy a championship win.

MOTORSPORT SOLUTIONS FOR ALL

FROM F1 TO ENTHUSIASTS

Whilst we do offer the highest performance solutions for top tier clients, we also have many ‘off the shelf’ products and solutions making much of our technology within reach of a much larger market.

So whether you need to push the boundaries to find a brand new solution, need to tailor existing technology for your needs, or just need advice on how to best utilise our existing high performance technology, we have a solution for you.

Zytek Electrification products

EV AND HEV SOLUTIONS

HIGH PERFORMANCE ELECTRIFICATION

We specialise in developing electric and hybrid vehicle engineering solutions, either from scratch or ‘off the shelf’, such as:

TOTAL MOTORSPORT
SOLUTIONS

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

VEHICLE
ELECTRIFICATION

Helping you at all stages of the vehicle electrification process, from initial design and modelling, to manufacturing and assembly, to testing at our in-house facilities and track. Applications engineering to provide technical expertise and event support.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE
PROPULSION SYSTEMS

Providing bespoke and ‘off the shelf’ solutions for all of the EV propulsion systems, from energy storage and power conversion, to the motor and related controllers.

E-DRIVE
SYSTEMS

The e-drive system is the centrepiece of a battery-electric race car, including the power electronics, electric motor, transmission and battery. We can help you create an integrated e-drive that is most suited to your performance requirements and budget.

DRIVE ASSISTANCE
AND SAFETY

ADAS in motorsport increases both driver and spectator/marshal safety, as well as reducing costs via a reduction of accident numbers and severity. We can help you create an integrated ADAS system that suits your budget and application.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

In 1981 we started developing automotive electronics, in particular engine control units for race applications.

Our first engine management system was manufactured in 1984 for the Toleman Hart F1 car.

We are also proud to claim the design and manufacture of the very first digital, re-programmable, microprocessor-controlled engine management system used in Formula 1, and with Ayrton Senna in its first application.

Our KERS system developed for the 2009 Formula 1 season for Mercedes/McLaren was the only system to enjoy two race wins.

For our motor and inverters, we were tasked with designing, manufacturing, testing and delivering a new race worthy system in six months for one of the leading teams in Formula E, and over 3 seasons achieved 16 race wins, plus 4 out of 6 drivers and manufacturers championships.

For our DCDC Converters, in Formula E Season Five we provided a dedicated, designed for purpose highly efficient DCDC converter which ran faultlessly for over two seasons.

One of our energy recovery systems was used by Honda in the Super GT racing in Japan in the Super GT 300/500; and in 2013 became the very first hybrid system to enjoy a championship win outside of Formula 1.

Our three main areas include electronic, mechanical engineering and concept/prototype vehicle design, which also includes feasibility analysis and specification development.

To assist the design process we utilise some of the most advanced 3D CAD and modelling tools.

For information see our design solutions page.

From creating a new complete electric vehicle, to developing new cutting edge components, to advising on the best ‘off the shelf’ component for your project, we can help you at all stages of an electrification, or electric/hybrid vehicle project for the track, or road.

For information see our electrification solutions page.

Numerous, from powertrain to chassis and interior concepts, to complete vehicles (such as a electric single-seater with individual wheel motors developed 20 years before the first season of Formula E).

For information see our concept vehicle design page.

Yes, as we have our own manufacturing facilities, all designs take into account the manufacturing process (e.g. machine from solid, casting, or additive manufacturing).

For information see our manufacturing solutions page.

Yes, we specialise in the design and development of 3-phase, internal rotor, permanent magnet synchronous electric machines for both electric and hybrid vehicles.

For information see our electric motors page.

Whilst much of the manufacturing of mechanical assemblies is performed by a very close network of specialist partners, we have a range of in-house CNC engineering and welding centres in-house for tasks that require a fast turnaround.

We do, the bare PCBs are bought in and then our internal resources produce the finished components.

There are many performance and ‘business’ benefits to hybrid systems in motorsport, from improved powertrain and vehicle efficiency, to instant acceleration and improved performance, as well as reducing engine ancillary components, and much more.

No, we offer a range of high performance ‘off the shelf’ motorsport products and components.

For example, vehicle electrification products (powertrains, inverters, wiring assemblies, ERS & KERS), electric motors, battery electronics, power converters, control systems, inductive charging, and more.

For information see our ‘off the shelf’ products page.

 

RELATED CASE STUDIES

HONDA CRZ SUPER GT RACING

For Honda we developed an energy recovery system which was the first hybrid system to achieve a championship win outside of Formula 1 and was used in Super GT racing for many years.

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.

FORMULA E

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

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