The Construc­tors’ Choice

Team partner ebm-papst already made its contri­bu­tion to MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS winning the FIA Formula One World Construc­tors Cham­pi­onship* in their very first collab­o­ra­tive Formula One season

When MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS approached ebm-papst mid-way through 2013 to sound out oppor­tu­ni­ties for a collab­o­ra­tion for Formula One, the racing team made its move at just the right time: Rainer Hunds­dörfer, Chairman of the Board of Direc­tors, and Thomas Borst, Director of Sales and Marketing for the ebm-papst group, had discussed such a coop­er­a­tion only days before. The reason for this was the signif­i­cant changes in the rules to which Formula One has been bound from the 2014 season onwards, in order to consis­tently improve energy effi­ciency. “This change fits perfectly with our Green­Tech philos­ophy: effi­ciency through state-of-the-art tech­nology,” explains Hunds­dörfer. “After all, Formula One engines now achieve the same lap times using 30 percent less energy.”


The ideal partner for temper­a­ture manage­ment

The inter­na­tion­ally active racing team has found the perfect team partner in global tech­nology leader ebm-papst. The first season already saw solu­tions to ques­tions concerning the venti­lation and air-condi­tioning tech­nology for the race car, which helped drive MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS forward to win the Cham­pi­onship. For instance, the ebm-papst solu­tions helped gain impor­tant time savings during the qual­i­fying session, by constantly cooling the temper­a­ture-sensi­tive compo­nents of the race cars to optimal oper­ating condi­tions between the sessions – an impor­tant task when dealing with outside temper­a­tures of up to 40 degrees Celsius at racing loca­tions such as Malaysia, Bahrain and Singa­pore. Fans in the side­pods and roll hoop open­ings in the race car were an essen­tial part of the temper­a­ture manage­ment by MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS.

Learning from one another

Commu­ni­ca­tion is also of high impor­tance for both part­ners regarding these specific appli­ca­tions. Upon meeting the devel­opers at the team’s British head­quar­ters, the race engi­neers were astounded at the aero­dy­namic exper­tise of ebm-papst, while they, in turn, were equally impressed with the pace at Brackley. “In terms of devel­oping speed, we still have a great deal to learn from the work at Formula One,” high­lights Rainer Hunds­dörfer. “And, finally, our customers will benefit from this expe­ri­ence.”

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