VEHICLE ELECTRIFICATION FOR
MOTORSPORT & ROAD
ELECTRIC VEHICLE PIONEERS SINCE 1994

FROM CONCEPTION
TO TRACK AND ROAD

ROAD AND RACE APPLICATIONS

Zytek specialises in the electrification of vehicles for both motorsport and road.

We have a rich history of race success and working with OEMs to create world leading EV solutions, from creating a wide range of fully functional demonstration EV and HEV projects in the mid to late 1990s, commencing development of the first HEV production light-duty truck in year 2000, through to setting production electric vehicle lap records at the famous Nürburgring in the 2010s.

We can help you at all stages of the electrification process:

Design – from concept vehicles and prototypes, to mechanical and electronic engineering, to permanent magnet synchronous motors; all using the most up to date 3D CAD and modelling tools.

Testing in-house facilities help to create the perfect environment for us to develop solutions to the highest quality in the quickest time-frame. 

Manufacturing & Assembly – in-house facilities allow us to manufacture, assemble, commission and test both hybrid and full electric motorsport / road vehicles.

Applications Engineering – providing the technical advice, expertise and support to ensure our technology is applied to achieve specified performance and results, and operated in harmony with all other aspects of the vehicle.

On-Site & Event Support – providing in-car calibration at on-track events, tests, and races, plus extensive customer liaison, usually (at OEM facility) and test locations throughout the world.

To discuss your project, and how we could help you realise your electrification ambitions, please contact us.

ELECTRIFICATION PRODUCTS

If you require an ‘off the shelf’ electrification solution, Zytek offers a range of  products that have been developed, manufactured, assembled and tested within our dedicated UK facilities:

  • Powertrains
  • Electric Machines
  • Inverters
  • Energy Recovery Systems (ERS & KERS)
  • Electronic Gearshift Systems (EGS)
  • Fuel Cells
  • Energy Storage Systems
  • High Voltage Cabling / WIring Harnesses
  • Low Voltage Wiring Assemblies
  • Transmission
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ABS, electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring and on-board camera technology)

COLLABORATIONS WITH

General Motors Logo | Zytek Automotive
Rolls Royce Logo | Zytek Automotive
Audi Logo | Zytek Automotive
Mercedes Benz
Land Rover Logo | Zytek Automotive
Lotus Logo | Zytek Automotive
Aston Martin Logo | Zytek Automotive
Smart Logo

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:

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.

EVENT
SUPPORT

Our expertise and support does not stop within our facilities, we are available to provide to you the support your team needs, from track testing and calibration, to full race day event support.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

As this is the process of powering the vehicle by electricity, this will require the replacing of all components that currently operate on conventional energy sources, to those that operate on electricity.

Typically this is focused on the powertrain driven and auxiliary systems, such as charging and wireless power transfer. 

This could also cover many other aspects of the vehicle, such as electronic stability, traction control, tire pressure monitoring and on-board camera technology.

In 1994, a single seat car with in-wheel motors based on an F3000 chassis, a very similar concept to the Formula E series now, in which Zytek has had much success.

To be able to offer a racing spectacle, motorsport powertrains need to be light. 

We have had to wait for significant progress in both battery technology and important power electronic components to provide a competitive total powertrain mass. 

Even now, we see significant improvements in battery energy density with every new generation vehicle in Formula E.

In terms of the tractive drive system they are already there, offering huge levels of wheel torque at a fraction of the mass of an internal combustion engine.

Whilst battery technology will never match the energy density of gasoline, technology innovation is reducing battery mass year on year.

Yes. As we can also manufacture and build the EV/HEV, this is very much taken into account as part of the design process.

For information see our manufacturing solutions page.

Yes, using our fully equipped dedicated workshop facilities, our highly experienced team will fully build the electric vehicle.

We can use off-the-shelf components for cost-effectiveness, however if customers require advanced materials, or specific high performance solutions with non standard characteristics, bespoke components can be developed.

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

Only electric machines. 

We have a range of ‘off the shelf’ products available from 60 to 250 kW, and can also develop custom solutions if required. 

For motorsport, we are usually required to engineer solutions that offer the highest torque and power densities, which lead to the PMSM (permanent magnet) solution.

We have a dedicated ISO26262 safety department which has the function of documenting the full process to ensure compliance with the latest automotive standards.

The majority of testing is undertaken in-house, though if specialist facilities are required we have good relationships with a wide range of specialist providers with whom we have worked with for many years.

For information see our testing solutions page.

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