ZF has once again pulled off a win-win situation. The Group developed the e-drive with a maximum performance of 250 kW for the race cars of the Monaco-based Venturi team. The e-drive has been in use since the start of the current 2018/2019 season, and Venturi driver Edoardo Mortara clinched the first-ever Formula E victory with it during the race in Hong Kong at the beginning of March 2019.
“The development phase was extremely dynamic”, says Tobias Hofmann, project manager for the Formula E drive at ZF. With numerous variables, short-term modifications, and various design phases, it was fundamentally different from a series project. “Key drive requirements came at later stages – for example the 'attack mode' that gives the driver at times a 25-kW boost for overtaking maneuvers“, recalls Hofmann.