McLaren Applied Technologies is proud to have provided part of the race-winning technology for our customer Venturi whose VM200-FE-01 powertrain propelled Jérôme d'Ambrosio’s Dragon Team to victory at the inaugural Mexico City e-Prix. McLaren supplied the E-motor and Motor Control Unit that form part of Venturi's powertrain. In addition, McLaren Applied Technologies continues to supply its TAG-400i as the centralised control unit for the majority of cars competing in Formula E.
McLaren Applied Technologies has been applying its knowledge and expertise gained from developing the electric motor and power electronics for the McLaren P1 hybrid sports, to become a key player in the FIA Formula E Championship.
Originally working with Spark Racing Technologies, McLaren Applied Technologies modified and evolved its P1 electric motor and electronics to create the complete powertrain and the electronics for the common chassis that all Formula E teams were required to use in Season 1. (Dallara constructed the chassis, with Williams Advanced Engineering providing the batteries and Michelin the bespoke 18” treaded tyres). Season 1 was completed with no Race Stopping issues from the McLaren solution, cementing its reputation for reliability and performance.
Season 2 allowed rival manufacturers to compete with their own variants of powertrain and McLaren Applied Technologies was appointed by Venturi Automobiles to develop parts for the Venturi VM200-FE-01. Whilst the large budget entries of Renault e.Dams, DS Virgin and Abt Schaeffler Audi have occupied the top step of the podium for the first four races of the season, the Mexican ePrix allowed the McLaren motor to shine in the Venturi powered Dragon Racing car of Jérôme d'Ambrosio and reward the hard work that has gone into the project over the last 3 years