Formula E Team China Racing and Tongji University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to mutually develop engineering talent and cutting edge electric powertrains. The ceremony took place recently and was signed by Steven Lu, CEO of Team China Racing (TCR) and Professor Zhang Tong, Director of the Clean Energy Automotive Engineering Center of Tongji University (CEAEC). They are committed to furthering knowledge in the field of advanced electric powertrains, with electric auto sport as the focus point.
Two programmes will be developed:
Team China Racing Formula E powertrain development programme
The goal of the programme is to develop a proprietary powertrain for the next generation of the Team China Racing Formula E fully-electric race car. During the first season (2014/2015), all Formula E teams will be driving similar vehicles, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, which has been developed by a consortium of renowned companies. McLaren supplied the drive train, Williams the battery, Dallara the chassis and Renault oversaw the system integration. From season two, the Formula E regulations will open up allowing teams to develop and apply their own technology. The Team China Racing Formula E powertrain development programme will build a partnership with industry parties for this proprietary powertrain development.
“The collaboration with Team China Racing allows us to apply our technological capabilities at the highest level, contributing to the mission of CEAEC to develop Clean Energy Mobility”, says Professor Zhang Tong, Director of the Clean Energy Automotive Engineering Center of Tongji University.
Formula E talent development programme
The goal of the talent development programme is to train the next generation Formula E engineers. The FIA Formula E Championship is a new phenomenon and Team China Racing has recognised the need to create a programme to develop their staff from the ground up. CEAEC and TCR will be working together creating internships and master- and PhD candidate programmes. There will also be close cooperation with DIAN Racing, the Tongji University Formula Student Electric team.
“We recognise the large pool of talent available in Tongji University. Through this program we intend to develop world class electric vehicle engineers, because both our team and China need them”, says Steven Lu, CEO of Team China Racing.
The FIA Formula E Championship starts in September in Beijing, covering ten city centre races across the globe. At this time, Team China Racing has yet to announce its two drivers.