Dr Chris Vagg provides expert insight on electric motorsport technology to BBC Science Focus Magazine

BBC Science Focus Magazine has published two articles featuring expert insight and commentary from Dr Chris Vagg, Lecturer in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems at the University of Bath and key member of the IAAPS Academic Team. The articles discuss the future of Formula E as well as the technical advancements in battery-powered vehicles and the potential cross-over to electric road cars.

The first article, “The future of Formula E: Where next for electric motorsport?”, takes a closer look at the flagship competition for electric race cars and the speed at which the technology behind it is evolving. Commenting on the scope of battery-powered vehicles as well as the wider efficiency and performance gains which have been achieved, Chris, who was integral to the development of Formula E’s electric powertrain, told the publication:

“When you look back at the Gen1 car from 2014, which was only seven years ago, it seems a million miles away from what we have now. The specs we’re driving now [in Gen2] and especially in Gen3 are mind-boggling really.”

You can read the article in full here.

Meanwhile, the second article, “The anatomy of a Formula E car”, delves in more detail into the latest innovations surrounding the technologies in electric racing cars, including aspects such as design, battery, powertrain and brakes. With only some components of Formula E cars standardised, the competition for innovation is fierce, as Chris tells BBC Science Focus Magazine:

“There is a technological arms race in all the things which aren’t standardised. That includes the inverter, the motor, the gearbox, the brake-by-wire control system and all of the energy management of the control software that runs on the car. There’s no standardisation of any software on the car.”

To read the article in full, click here.