Honda creates new global motorsports organization
Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) in Sakura, Japan, and Honda Performance Development (HPD) in Santa Clarita, California, have announced that HPD will now formally be called Honda Racing Corporation USA (HRC US) with the two companies “collaborating as one global HRC entity”. Starting with the 2024 motorsports season, HRC US will play an integral role in Honda’s global motorsports activities, which includes contributing to its Formula 1 program.
“Our goal is to increase the HRC brand and sustain the success of our racing activities and we believe that uniting Honda motorsports globally as one racing organization will help achieve that,” said Koji Watanabe, the president of HRC Japan.
Titan launches advanced steer-by-wire system for niche manufacturers
Titan has unveiled an advanced electric steering system for niche low-volume vehicle manufacturers that is suitable for everything from commercial vehicles to hypercars.
The high-tech steer-by-wire system is the result of a research and development process undertaken at the company’s facility in Cambridgeshire, UK. Titan, which started out in the 1960s engineering for race cars, says the new system is designed, developed and manufactured completely in-house with the company owning much of the intellectual property required.
In this Issue – September 2023
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EXCLUSIVE: STCC ELECTRIC: Could the time be ripe for an all-electric touring car series? The Swedish national championship hopes so, and from 2024 will welcome an all-electric grid, providing a cost-effective route to production-based EV racing.
Helix transfers motorsports expertise into aerospace
Helix continues to evolve after being formed out of Integral Powertrain’s Integral e-Drive division in 2022. The electric motor and inverter company, based in the UK, is expanding into sectors beyond motorsport and automotive with the completion of a Direct Drive Scaleable Aerospace Electric Propulsion Demonstrator technology project. Known internally as XBS, the project ran in partnership with the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA) and the Aerospace Unlocking Potential (Aerospace UP) project between the MAA and the University of Nottingham.
Swiss students set new EV acceleration world record
It’s not often you hear about an attempt on a speed record these days but students from ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts still feel the need for speed. They recently broke the world record for acceleration with their hand-built electric racing car, Mythen, which accelerated from 0 to 100km/h (62.15mph) in 0.956 seconds over a distance of 12.3m, breaking the previous record held by a team from the University of Stuttgart by a substantial 1.461 seconds.
McLaren Applied announces headline sponsorship of Professional MotorSport World Expo 2023 app
McLaren Applied will take on the headline sponsorship of this year’s Professional MotorSport World (PMW) Expo app, the official app of the PMW event taking place on November 8-9 at the Köln Messe, in Cologne, Germany.
One of the world’s premier motorsport shows, PMW Expo is set to welcome 150+ of the industry’s leading exhibitors, making it the place to find the latest advanced motorsport and high-performance vehicle technology.
Alongside the opportunity for teams, high-performance manufacturers, parts dealers and distributors to find engineering solutions for their latest projects, PMW Expo also plays host to a series of technical sessions.
Case study: Testing Forze’s hydrogen race car
For development of its new hydrogen-powered race car, Forze Hydrogen Racing relies on Kistler technology
The Forze IX is the latest hydrogen-powered race car designed and developed by students from the Delft University of Technology. The zero-emissions vehicle features dual fuel cells. In the development process, multiple Kistler solutions were used to measure pressure, temperature, torque, and vehicle dynamics.
Founded back in 2007 when the hydrogen economy of the future was still a distant prospect, student team Forze Hydrogen Racing began by developing a small go-kart.
VIDEO: OptimumG’s Bruno Finco discusses vehicle setup and design
In the second installment of OptimumG’s Q&A video series, Bruno Finco, one of the company’s research and development engineers, answers questions about vehicle setup and design.
Topics discussed during the video include how to calculate the correct spring stiffness for a Baja car, how to set the optimal damping ratios for bump and rebound, and the best setup changes to address low speed cornering issues.