Renesas Electronics and Mahindra Racing expand Formula E technology partnership

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Renesas Electronics Corporation, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, has announced it is expanding its strategic technology partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra and Mahindra Racing for the 2018/2019 Formula E season.

The teams will collaborate on system-level design upgrades featuring the Renesas RH850/E2x microcontroller (MCU), designed for the robust requirements of powertrain systems, and Renesas’s automotive battery management ICs.

For season five, Renesas took a module-level approach to the proof-of-concept design, developing an electronic control unit including PCB design, schematics, software, and modular-level testing. The upgrades will deliver significant processing power improvements and an improved safety system for the low-voltage battery.

“Through our collaboration over the past season, Mahindra Racing and Renesas have achieved tremendous results, and as Formula E shifts gears for upcoming seasons, we are excited to work with Renesas and enhance the design of our next-generation racing vehicles,” said Dilbagh Gill, CEO and team principal of Mahindra Racing.

“With Renesas’s expertise in developing production-ready systems for EV and automotive, and our winning race team, we will continue pushing the bar for electric racing.”

“Formula E presents a unique design testing environment for EVs, allowing us to quickly prove our system-level design,” says Amrit Vivekanand, vice president, Automotive System Development Business Unit, Renesas Electronics Corporation.

“We are excited to expand our strategic technology partnership with Mahindra Racing and share system-level design insights that will help the team accelerate the learning curve for EV design and contribute to a successful 2018/2019 season.”

Since the technology partnership began in November 2017, Renesas has collaborated with Mahindra Racing to deploy advanced, production-ready EV technologies for its race cars. As a global automotive semiconductor supplier, Renesas will continue to deliver robust EV solutions for the markets.

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