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Best buddies in the garage

The mobile fan unit EC Aura keeps mechanics of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport cool in the garage.


They‘re indispensable team members at every race. In the garage of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport they‘re amongst the most popular colleagues—because in the heat of the moment they still create a great atmosphere: the mobile fans EC Aura. Keeping the team at the box cool at all times, these buddies are well liked. Around the car the mechanics would be working in a heat-soaked environment. Together with the sidepod and roll-hoop blowers the variable speed EC Aura enables the garage to reach an optimum working temperature in minimum time.

Keeping the garage cool

When the cars return to the garage from the track, the mechanics are working around heat sources like the engine, the drivetrain or the brakes. They place four to six EC Aura units around the car bays that can easily be positioned to keep both the mechanics cool and reject ambient heat from the garage. The units are also speed controlled to allow the team to optimise the flow.

The EC Aura was initially designed as an easily transportable and powerful cooling solution for open indoor spaces. “It was initially designed for use in commercial, industrial, retail or leisure applications”, explains Mark Wilson, Sales Director at ebm-papst Automotive & Drives. The 500 mm fan unit is mounted on a wheeled cradle with a transport handle and is manufactured by ebm-papst UK Ltd.

When Wilson presented this solution in Brackley, the engineers at Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport recognized the potential immediately. Ever since the easy-to-use and easy-to-transport units travel as best buddies to all the Formula OneTM races worldwide.

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