|McLaren Applied Technologies|
|Based||McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom|
|Founder||Ron Dennis; Martin O'Connor (1991)|
|Announced||1 November 2013|
McLaren Applied Technologies, often abbreviated to MAT, is a British based technology firm and subsidiary of the McLaren Automotive group of companies. Originally founded in 1991 as McLaren Composites, MAT have been one of McLaren's most successful research and development businesses, with interests in motorsport, space and health among others.
MAT were originally involved in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in 2013, when their subsidiary, McLaren Electronic Systems, were commissioned to develop the powertrain for the Spark-Renault SRT_01E. MES were later absorbed into MAT, with the latter continuing to develop their powertrain for Mahindra Racing, before winning the tender to supply batteries to FE from the 2018/19 season.
MAT began their life as McLaren Composites in 1991, a project founded by Ron Dennis and Martin O'Connor to develop advanced materials for their future road car project, the McLaren F1. McLaren Composites and TAG Electronics would later merge in 2004, becoming McLaren Applied Technologies as Ron Dennis restructured McLaren Automotive around their halo project: Formula One. MAT took over the McLaren Group's customer research and development projects, with its own subsidiary, McLaren Electronic Systems, focusing on electronic systems.
Formula E History
It would be MAT's subsidiary, McLaren Electronic Systems that was approached by the FIA and Formula E Holdings to develop a powertrain for the first ever Formula E car, being designed by Spark Racing Technologies and Dallara. MES ultimately opted to make modifications to McLaren Automotive's new McLaren P1 powertrain, making the system more efficient and capable of running a relatively small formula car at 225 km/h without issue. The powertrain was approved and duly fitted to the new Spark-Renault SRT_01E, and would be used by every team in the inaugural 2014/15 Championship.
The Power of Batteries
MES, and later MAT, would continue to support their powertrain into the 2015/16 season, making minor upgrades to the design for Team Aguri and Andretti Formula E, who continued to use the old system. They would also be commissioned to develop a system for Mahindra Racing, working with their parent company Mahindra & Mahindra to produce a new powertrain. Their partnership would later come to an end in 2016, with Mahindra signing a deal with Magneti Marelli ahead of the 2016/17 season.
Regardless, MAT continued to be the McLaren group's representative in Formula E, and would win a tender to supply batteries for the 2018/19 season. This new battery, which was to be inserted into another Spark/Dallara creation dubbed the "Gen 2", was to last for an entire E-Prix distance, meaning mid-race car swaps were a thing of the past. The new battery was also expected to cope with a power hike for the FE Championship, needing to be capable of producing 250 kw/h of peak power.
McLaren Applied Technologies, and their subsidiaries, have been involved in Formula E since the inaugural season, and have supplied parts and equipment to both of the base FE cars.
Spark-Renault SRT_01E Capable of producing 200kw (270bhp) and reaching 225kmh (140mph), the SRT_01E was the first FIA sanctioned all electric race car to be produced, with all 10 entrants in the 2014/15 Formula E Championship issued with four examples. Modifications to the car are not allowed (apart from race setup work), although from 2015/16, manufacturers were able to replace the MES powertrain.
Spark Gen 2Spark Gen 2, which featured prototype style bodywork rather than a traditional open-wheel design. The new car, boasting the MAT designed battery, will be the first car capable of completing a full E-Prix distance, with a potential maximum speed of 300km/h (186 mph). Like its predecessor, the Gen 2 will be retrofitted with different powertrains when it is delivered to the ten Formula E entrants for the 2018/19 season, although all will use the MAT developed battery during the car's three season commission.
Videos and Images:
- Smokeonthewater, 'Spark-Renault SRT 01 E (Formula E)', commons.wikimedia.org, (WikiMedia, 10/09/2013), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spark-Renault_SRT_01E#mediaviewer/File:Spark-Renault_SRT_01_E_(Formula_E).JPG, (Accessed 09/07/2015)
- 'Introducing: the Gen2 Formula E car', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 30/01/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/january/introducing-the-gen2-formula-e-car/, (Accessed 30/01/2018)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 'McLaren to power new FIA Formula E Championship', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 01/11/2012), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2012/november/mclaren-to-power-new-fia-formula-e-championship.aspx, (Accessed 09/07/2015)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 'McLaren Applied Technologies: Our Story', mclaren.com, (McLaren Automotive, 2018), https://www.mclaren.com/appliedtechnologies/about/, (Accessed 01/02/2018)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 'McLaren to supply new Formula E battery', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/09/2016), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/september/mclaren-to-supply-new-formula-e-battery/, (Accessed 01/02/2018)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 'Eight manufacturers to enter Formula E next season', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/02/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/february/eight-manufacturers-to-enter-fia-formula-e-from-second-season.aspx, (Accessed 19/07/2015)
- ↑ 'TEN TEAMS ENTERED FOR THE 2016-17 FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 01/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/ten-teams-entered-for-the-2016-17-fia-formula-e-championship/, (Accessed 08/07/2016)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 'Introducing: the Gen2 Formula E car', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 30/01/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/january/introducing-the-gen2-formula-e-car/, (Accessed 30/01/2018)
- ↑ 'Nine manufacturers homologated for Season 5', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/03/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/march/nine-season-5-powertrain-manufacturers-homologated/, (Accessed 22/03/2017)
- ↑ 'Car: Specification', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/guide/car.aspx?page=1334, (Accessed 19/07/2015)
- ↑ 'Nissan joins growing list of automotive brands in Formula E', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/10/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/october/nissan-joins-growing-list-of-automotive-brands-in-formula-e/, (Accessed 25/10/2017)
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