McLaren Applied partners with Control on cellular telemetry for ECUs

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McLaren Applied has signed an agreement with Control – Race Winning Telemetry to integrate Control’s modems with McLaren Applied’s motorsport electronic control units (ECUs). Control has emerged as one of the world’s leading motorsport cellular telemetry solution providers.

Initially targeting series such as Formula E, the new McLaren Applied VCU-500, complete with Control’s TLM-P1 modems, will allow teams to use cellular connectivity to gather telemetry data from their vehicles without the need for complex and expensive trackside infrastructure. The first application will be to support a Formula E team with Gen3 car testing throughout 2022.

The telemetry device will transmit data from the McLaren Applied ECU via cellular mobile networks and through its secure private networks to an Atlas data viewer. In addition to providing a primary telemetry option for series and teams, Control’s TLM-P1 gives users a solution for situations where a full series-provided telemetry infrastructure is not possible or available.

The TLM-P1 features three separate simultaneous LTE cellular connections, ensuring the delivery of live data from the vehicle to the garage using the best network available at any given point on the track.

Commenting on the new agreement, Matthias Dank, director of motorsport at McLaren Applied, said, “This is a great partnership for both sides. In bringing together two proven innovators we’ve created a compelling new offering for the motorsport industry.”

Nathan Sanders, technical director and founder of Control – Race Winning Telemetry, added, “This is an important next step in our development. The two companies share a common desire to innovate and provide the motorsport industry with cutting-edge technical solutions. This is going to be good for both companies and the development of our sport.”

It is envisaged that by the end of Q1 2022 all McLaren Applied ECUs will support Control telemetry solutions.

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