VEHICLE ELECTRIFICATION FOR
MOTORSPORT & ROAD
ELECTRIC VEHICLE PIONEERS SINCE 1994
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 electrified vehicle 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.
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:
- Electric Machines
- Energy Recovery Systems (ERS & KERS)
- Electronic Gearshift Systems (EGS)
- Fuel Cells
- Energy Storage Systems
- High Voltage Cabling / Wiring Harnesses
- Low Voltage Wiring Assemblies
- Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ABS, electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring and on-board camera technology)
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:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
As this is the process of powering the vehicle with electrical energy, this will require the replacing of all components that currently operate on conventional energy sources, with 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 battery electric car with in-wheel electric 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, the motorsport electric powertrain needs 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 cells will never match the energy density of gasoline, technology innovation is reducing battery mass year on year, and the gap to internal combustion engine vehicles is getting smaller all the time.
As we can also manufacture and build the Battery Electric/Hybrid Electric Vehicle, 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.