The difference between winning and losing is often made up of a great many things in motorsports but one thing that has become more and more important as technology has advanced is energy management.
It’s a factor that’s especially important in Formula E, as Renault Sport Project leader Vincent Gaillardot explained ahead of the Buenos Aires ePrix.
Renault e.dams are aiming for their third win of the season in the first race of 2016, and Renault’s energy management experience could be key to getting that.
“Here at Renault Sport we have a wealth of experience with the energy recovery systems used in Formula 1, as well as Renault’s technical know-how from its electric road cars,” Gaillardot explained. “The expertise and data gained from both have been instrumental in building the Renault ZE15, and continue to help us prepare for Formula E races where effective energy management can be the difference between winning and losing.”
[pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“As we all know, simulations don’t always reflect real-world conditions. For example, we can’t predict whether Sebastien and Nico will have to use a lot of energy battling with other drivers, or it will be a lights to flag victory.”[/pullquote]
Renault e.dams will have been preparing over the winter break running simulations to decide on factors such as calibration, but there are some things that can’t be prepared for in the lab.
Monitoring the energy levels throughout the race is important, another factor which makes communication between driver and team essential during the race.
“There is constant contact between the drivers and their engineers to monitor consumption levels and take appropriate action,” Gaillardot said. “During the race it’s very important to maintain that level of contact and instruct them throughout.”