Show Review 2018

Köln Messe once again played host to Professional MotorSport World Expo, and over the course of the three-day event (November 7-9, 2018), more than 4,000 attendees came through the doors. The 13th edition of the show saw more than 230 exhibitors present their latest developments, including a number of exciting and innovative new technologies.

Highlights from the floor at PMW Expo 2018 included Motordrive’s unveiling of its new four- and six-point mounted FIA8862-2009 competition seats. The UK-manufactured seats have a carbon seat shell weight of 7.9kg, and are back- and floor-mounted to ensure optimal safety and feedback from the car.

Cosworth also introduced its newest ECU at PMW Expo 2018. “What we did with the Antares 8 is, develop upon the logging system from our highest-level CLU together with the 8-cylinder GDI / PFI capability of the MQ12Di and put it into one box,” said Joe Dix, senior key account manager at Cosworth. “We are in talks to offer the Antares system out for a full series introduction, but really the Antares can cater for a full range of applications.”

Elsewhere, Bosch Motorsport unveiled its latest vehicle control unit. Equipped with integrated 100kHz logging and real-time Ethernet functionality to exchange data between devices, the VCU will feature in Season 5 of the Formula E championship.

Ricardo, meanwhile, detailed plans to upgrade its performance transmission test facilities at its Midlands Technical Centre in Leamington Spa. The test rigs, which will be completed in 2019, will see first use with a number of top tier Formula E customers who have selected Ricardo transmissions for Season 5.

ZF took the opportunity to discuss its new TCR suspension system. Already homologated for use in the TCR SEAT León, Audi RS3 and VW Golf, the high-strength aluminium suspension is designed to be lightweight and bend-proof. “Our latest suspension product, the ZF Race TCR Suspension, has been so popular that it has actually sold out,” said Olivier Lardon, a member of the ZF chassis technology team.

Racetech provided an update on its latest range of entry-level seats. “We’re looking at getting the FIA approval, so we expect February will be the first time the new seats are introduced,” said David Phillips, Racetech’s national sales manager. “By the time that we’ve completed testing it will be the end of January, and then it’s just a matter of getting the results through to the FIA.”

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