Mercedes looks to F1 team to cut battery size in latest electric vehicle in half


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Contents: Mercedes presented a new concept of electric vehicle to which its Formula 1 team contributed.

In short

Mercedes says it has drawn on the expertise of its F1 team to produce its latest electric road vehicle design with a claimed range of over 1,000 kilometers on a single charge.

Its Grand Prix and High Performance Powertrains divisions were consulted on the creation of the Vision EQXX, a four-seater concept car, which claims to consume less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometers. According to Mercedes, its battery has 50% less volume and is 30% lighter than the equivalent of the EQS, which it launched last year.

“Vision EQXX has seen the best minds in our R&D centers working with engineers from our Formula 1 and Formula E programs,” said Markus Schäfer, member of the board of directors of Daimler. “They prove that innovations in motorsport – where powertrains are already heavily electrified – have immediate relevance to the development of road cars.”

Pandemic could force more schedule changes – Domenicali

Lance Stroll, Racing Point, Albert Park, 2019
F1 is set to return to Australia in April

The Covid-19 pandemic could force more changes to the world championship schedule for the third year in a row, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has admitted.

A record 23 races are expected in the 2022 F1 calendar. These include venues that have been unable to host races in the previous two years, such as Albert Park in Australia, Marina Bay in Singapore and Suzuka in Japan. The Chinese Grand Prix is ​​missing from the program for the third year in a row.

F1 will add a new race in Miami this year and Domenicali is keen to expand the schedule further, but admits the series’ expansion plans could be thwarted by the pandemic.

“A return to Africa – whether in the north or the south – would be great”, he told Sport 1. “How quickly this works will also depend on the situation around Covid. We must not continue to underestimate the corona pandemic. We may also have to adjust the schedule again in 2022. ”

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