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Title: Advancing the development of hybrid electric vehicles in motorsport : innovation report
Author: Lambert, Stephen
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2013
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Club motorsport, a low cost, amateur form of motorsport, forms a significant part of the motorsport industry in the United Kingdom. If efforts are not made to move towards more environmentally friendly technologies, then this form of motorsport is at risk of becoming irrelevant. One approach taken by other motorsport sectors has been to implement hybrid electric vehicle technology, which can result in improved vehicle performance on the race track. However, the companies that operate in the club motorsport sector do not typically have the resources and experience necessary to develop these technologies. An innovative process was used to guide the design of a new hybrid electric vehicle drivetrain for use in club motorsport. This process made use of the ability for vehicle manufacturers to set the vehicle specifications in club motorsport. A conjoint analysis of customer requirements was carried out, a first for the industry, and led to the development of a market simulation tool. A vehicle simulation tool was then developed to assist in the evaluation of the hybrid electric drivetrain design options. The result of following this process was a new and innovative hybrid electric drivetrain installed in a Westfield Sportscars Sport Turbo, reducing 0-60mph acceleration time from 5.4 seconds to 3.8 seconds. An innovative type of system control was implemented, by where the driver is given a finite amount of boost energy for use throughout the race. The drivetrain can also be easily transferred to other vehicle platforms, as the first shelf engineered hybrid drivetrain for motorsport, allowing its use by multiple manufacturers across the club motorsport and niche vehicle sectors. This project has shown that it is possible to implement environmentally friendly technologies, such as hybrid electric vehicle technology, into club motorsport and be able to meet customer, technical and cost requirements. The process that has been developed enables innovation in hybrid electric race car design. This has been shown in the development of a hybrid electric vehicle suitable for use, and sale, in the club motorsport industry.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC) ; Innovative Manufacturing Centre, University of Warwick
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Eng.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics