Yesterday, InMotion, the TU/e student racing team, presented its Revolution: the newest Endurance Racer. ICT Group has been a partner of InMotion since 2015 and supports the team with its model-based development Production Platform Motar.
ICT has helped the student team with the development of their first electrical car: the Fusion. Thanks to Motar, ICT has developed the Electronic Control Units (ECU’s) for the complete car. Motar consists of the ECU’s hardware and platform software. The platform ensured that InMotion could develop and test software for their Fusion car which could be re-used in the car that followed; the Revolution.
The InMotion team has done plenty of testing since the end of 2020. For example, the battery pack, the heart of this unique electric racing car, has been tested for its fast charging capabilities. Charging now takes twelve minutes. The racing car was also extensively tested at Breda International Airport. Here the first driving tests were done up to 205 kilometers per hour. These tests were done to collect valuable data and to make sure the racing car drives as stable as possible.
The fact that recharging takes only 12 minutes is a very impressive achievement. Student team InMotion is working towards the 24h of Le Mans, where they want to compete in 2023. “The team is already very proud of the performance we achieved during testing. We think that with this car we are making a great first step in the direction of “Electric Refueling”, says the more than proud team manager Rainier Heijne. Laura van Erp, account manager at InMotion reacts to this: “ICT is a trusted partner of InMotion and we are proud to team-up with an innovation-driven company like this. Thanks to the partnership, it is possible for our Endurance racer to drive its first meters and to fast charge on the track.”
Up till now, the team has already several lap records on its name: the electric lap record on Circuit Zandvoort, Circuit Zolder and TT Circuit Assen. Koen Peppelman, ICT’s Business Unit Manager R&D Engineering Products: “We are excited to contribute to the goal of InMotion to make charging as fast and convenient as refueling. With the Revolution, InMotion is one step closer to its final goal: Le Mans in 2023. Being at forefront of many of the latest developments in the automotive industry, we successfully developed the Motar platform. The platform assists with the most complex part of innovation processes: compiling the process model into code for the embedded software. In case of InMotion, the Motar ECUs are used for the control of every electronic function in the car. We have been developing in close collaboration and Motar enables us that a lot of the developed and tested software can be reused for the team’s next cars. We cannot wait to start breaking the next records.”