maxon motors now in Formula cars
The Formula Renault 3.5 series, a very important feeder race championship for Formula 1. Many F1 drivers have graduated from the Renault series. Toro Rosso drivers Jean Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo, and World Champion Sebastian Vettel to name a few.
Race car and engine manufacturer, Zytek Engineering has been selected for the supply of the engine for the Formula Renault 3.5 series for the next two years with the Zytek engine which was designed in the UK. The Zytek engine is a 3.4 litre V8 producing 530 HP and 9250 rpm, an upgrade of 50 horsepower on previous years. Notably this year is a new fly-by-wire mechanism which uses DC servo motors from the Swiss manufacturer maxon, The DC motor and planetary gearhead combination has 3 position chart profiles selectable for changing track conditions. The new engine system and control has taken over 4s off lap times. The fly-by-wire servo system was specially adapted to meet the demands of the high vibration and high temperature environments.
Zytek’s Operations Director John Manchester: ‘We began testing maxon’s products in July 2011 and have been extremely impressed with their technical backup and service. The motors need to work in a very hostile environment and maxon really understood the product and the problem and even made suggestions on how to improve the product to help us.‘
‘It was a great privilege for Zytek to be awarded the FR 3.5 contract and when you work with a major motor manufacturer such as Renault in such a high profile racing series you have to ensure that you can deliver. Working with maxon motor means we can exceed expectations.‘
Sales Engineer at maxon motor Paul Williams: ‘We are delighted to work in partnership with Zytek. 80% of our business comes from modifying our products for our customers and we thrive on challenging projects.‘