Houston Mechatronics and Andretti Technologies Team to Develop an Advanced Powertrain for Formula E Racing

Jul 07, 2015, 18:59 ET from Houston Mechatronics Inc.

HOUSTON, July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Houston Mechatronics Inc. (HMI) and Andretti Technologies have teamed to develop an advanced electric powertrain to propel Andretti’s Formula E all-electric race cars, which will debut in Season Two of the FIA Formula E Championship. 

Formula E is the world's first fully electric racing series and aims to represent a “vision for the future of the motor industry,” serving as a framework for R&D around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars, and promoting clean energy and sustainability.

For Season Two, Formula E will operate as an 'open championship,' allowing teams and manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their own electrical energy innovations, with the ultimate aim of “filtering those improvements in powertrains and battery technology into the everyday electric vehicle market”. 

Working to the technical ‘road map’ set out by the FIA and design targets from Andretti Technologies, Houston Mechatronics used an innovative, evolutionary computing design technique derived from NASA supported technology to develop the new electric motor currently undergoing testing with Andretti Technology at HMI’s Texas facility. According to Nicolaus Radford, co-founder and CTO of HMI, “We are passionate about bringing our expertise to bear on relevant societal challenges. We see our partnership with Andretti Technologies within Formula E racing as an exciting opportunity to directly contribute to the advancement of electric vehicles for the future.”

Roger Griffiths, Director of Motorsport Development, Andretti Technologies,” With Houston Mechatronics, we have found a likeminded company that shares our passion for racing, for technology, and for innovation. We believe this new partnership will bring success not only on the race track but also further the development in the field of electric vehicles.”

Houston Mechatronics Inc. (HMI) is an advanced technology company with proprietary technologies and industry leading expertise in mechatronics, automation, and robotics.  HMI staff were key engineers and leaders of some of NASA’s more advanced and innovative technology programs, including Robonaut 2 and Valkyrie.  HMI is leveraging our NASA heritage to provide leading edge solutions in automation and robotics for customers in the Oil and Gas, Electric Vehicle, and Advanced Manufacturing sectors.

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