Mahle will be a technical partner to Formula E team DS Techeetah, starting from the 2020/21 season. Mahle says it will use experience in e-mobility to support the racing team while taking advantage of the rigors of the motorsports environment to gain a wealth of new insights that can be applied to series production development.
Mahle lays claim to a host of core e-mobility technologies, including developments in battery cooling. For the finale of the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, which recently concluded in Berlin, Germany, the DS Techeetah drivers lined up to defend the team’s title in cars sporting the MAHLE logo.
“As one of the technology pioneers in the field of e-mobility, we’re delighted to be working with DS Techeetah —one of the very best teams in Formula E. It’s a partnership of equals,” said Fred Tuerk, vice president, Mahle Motorsports.
“Mahle Motorsports has been a strong partner to the most successful teams since the early days of racing. For us, motorsports are like a development lab. This new partnership in Formula E gives us the opportunity to test out our e-mobility solutions in the tough motorsports environment—and to develop them quickly and consistently for use in series production.”
Keith Smout, chief commercial officer, DS Techeetah, said, “We consider our new partnership with Mahle extremely important for the future development of our team and we are beyond excited to have them on board. We have proved that we have the best technology and the best people in the business as it stands and, with the addition of Mahle expertise, there is no end to what we can achieve.
“With such a great partner, we are certain to stay at the top of the Formula E Championship. We are pleased that such a well-established manufacturer like Mahle recognizes the value of a relationship with our team and the importance of a sport like Formula E for the future.”
Due to the high demands and loads experienced by vehicles in Formula E, Mahle’s activities in motorsports are also a catalyst for technological developments that can subsequently be put into series production. Mahle Motorsports has been a developer and systems partner on the international motorsports scene—including Formula 1—for several decades. Mahle now looks to continue this with its involvement in Formula E.
Mahle also offers electric drive motors and auxiliary components as well as solutions for control and power electronics, plus software and engineering for electric vehicles.