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Mahindra & Renesas launch Formula E partnership

Mahindra's M3Electro Formula E racer

New Formula E equipment partnership for Mahindra Racing precedes victory in first race of the season in Hong Kong

Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra and semiconductor producer Renesas Electronics have announced a strategic Formula E partnership, with the latter now on board as the official technology partner of the Mahindra Racing Formula E team.

Both will now work together across a number of programmes, including proof-of-concept systems for racing and road cars. Mahindra has said that the goal is to expand the development and manufacturing of EVs, powertrains, advanced driver assistance aystems, and other systems in India and other emerging markets.

Chairman of Mahindra Racing UK, Dr. Pawan Goenka, said: “We are delighted to welcome Renesas as a key technical partner of the Mahindra Racing Formula E team as we start the fourth season of racing. Formula E is helping to grow Mahindra’s EV technology and expertise, and this new strategic partnership with Renesas will only help to accelerate our learning curve. We look forward to working with Renesas and leveraging their automotive semiconductor expertise as we increase our thrust in Formula-E and continue to play a pioneering role in the fast growing Indian EV market.”

Renesas Electronics executive VP Ryuji Omura added: ” India is one of our focus markets and is expected to bring about significant business growth for Renesas, particularly for the EV segment. The India government is working on a scheme to limit the cars sold in India to only electric vehicles by 2030, opening tremendous opportunities for the EV market. Through our new partnership with Mahindra, we look forward to bringing our design expertise based on our open and comprehensive Renesas autonomy™ Platform, to the Indian market. We are honored to sponsor the Mahindra Racing Formula E Team and look forward to enhancing the performance of Mahindra EVs and the company’s racing team with our advanced semiconductor technologies.”

Mahindra Racing’s current model, the M3Electro, features a 350kg, 28kWh Williams-developed battery and a Magneti Marelli six phase MGU motor. Since last season, it says that peak RPM on the Electro has improved by 14%, while peak torque has increased by 38%.

Weighing just 23 kgs, the overall drivetrain mass has also been reduced by 40%. Regenerative braking has also been expanded since last season, from 100kW to 150kW – although maximum motor output remains 200 kW.

Mahindra Racing finished second at the inaugural Formula E race in Hong Kong last weekend, just behind ABT. However, first-placed Daniel Abt was stripped of his maiden victory after stickers on the car’s motor and inverter did not correspond with equipment passport details, leaving Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist in the lead.

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