All next season autos on the F1 must have a common Engine Control Unit

Posted on Friday, 7 December 2007 , 10:12:15 byEmil

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All next season autos on the F1 must have a common Engine Control Unit

Next season, all vehicles on the Formula 1 grid must have a common ECU (Engine Control Unit) so the sport`s governing system can monitor the driver aids ban. But the ECU obviously has been created by McLaren Electronics Systems, which gives the British team a big head start, says its rival.

Renault tries to get its newest R28 model used to these new electronics.

Bob Bell – the technical director said: “It’s as if we had to talk to the car in a new language. This transition needs significant infrastructure changes, as the way of using the ECU is different. We had to revise our test bed, the tools we use for analysis and telemetry, the computer installations in the garage and back at the workshop, as well as train our engineers”.

“A system is under development which regenerates and stores braking energy and puts it back when the driver accelerates,” he continued. “Highly sensitive electronics are required to co-ordinate these processes efficiently and ensure it’s safe. Tailored electronics are essential if we really want to develop the potential of this system”.