While finding themselves in the middle of the development phase and test programme, the Amlin Andretti Formula E Team was a bit troubled when the first collective test days got underway at Donington Park. However, Co-Team Principal Roger Griffiths confirmed in a Q&A session on Hangout, powered by partner TE Connectivity, that there is a plan in place to address the software issues they’ve encountered.
During the first test day a colleague of Griffiths confirmed to ElectricAutosport.com that testing before the collective sessions didn’t go as planned too. Having booked a circuit for two weeks, the team was only able to go on track during five of the fifteen days that a constructor is allowed.
Just four collective test days are remaining before the cars are being transported to Beijing which will get initiated around the 28th of August. “The mechanical systems are working very well, like the motor and the inverter. On the dyno we really met and exceeded our performance targets so we are looking really good on that perspective,” Griffiths told in the Hangout session.
“The Formula E car has a number of control systems that are trying to communicate with each other and that’s one of the challenges,” Griffiths explained. “We already know where we would look for solutions. So it’s not a case of that we have a problem and we don’t know how to solve it. We have a problem, we know how to solve it, we have a plan in place and we have a deadline when it needs to be solved by. And this will be solved in a matter of days as we have a next test on Monday. We are expecting that everything will be working by then.”
In addition to that, work on all of the four cars is an ongoing process, Griffiths emphasises: “There is a lot of work to do, not only to build the race cars but also to prepare the spares and at the same time we are developing the powertrain. There is a lot of activity going on and one of the things that is open throughout the entire season is software strategy development, like how we can control the electric motor to what we want to do with it and how we use the energy recovering in the battery pack. These are key parts of what we are developing and that’s an ongoing process.”
Testing resumes on Monday August 17 at Donington Park in the United Kingdom.