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Mercedes-Benz asks its F1 team to speed up development time for future EVs

  • Development time must be quicker if Mercedes-Benz wants to stay ahead of the competition.

  • The F1 team is used to this kind of deadline.

  • The Mercedes-Benz EQXX was developed in only 18 months.


 

The race for electrification is in full swing in the automotive industry. Whether it’s to improve performance or to extend the possible distances between charges, automakers are engaged in a tough competition. In fact, that they are ready for everything, even calling on their sports division to speed up the development time of a future electric vehicle.

Mercdes-Benz Vision EQXX | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

This is particularly true of Mercedes-Benz, the brand with the silver star, which has mandated its Formula 1 team in the engineering process to build more efficient EVs that require less development time.

The input of a Formula 1 team is not new to the industry, the highest motor sport that has often contributed to the advancement consumer cars, but this time, the Stuttgart-based automaker hopes that the F1 team will be able to accelerate this process, if only to keep up with the pace imposed by Chinese automakers or even Tesla, which is doing better than Mercedes-Benz right now.

Mercedes-Benz has already demonstrated the synergy between the Formula 1 team and its engineering department with the Mercedes-Benz EQXX. The all-electric experimental car is the result of this collaboration between the motorsport team and the future vehicle development team.

Mercdes-Benz Vision EQXX | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

The car, which is capable of driving for 1,200 km between charges, took only 18 months to complete, as the F1 team is used to this kind of timeframe, whether to improve the efficiency of thermal or electric engines.

One of the goals behind this collaboration with the F1 team is to reduce the development time to an average of two and a half years, a rate already reached by some Chinese brands.

Moreover, this desire to improve production efficiency is in line with cost reduction, but also with the shortage of components for battery assembly.

In an interview with Automotive News, Mercedes-Benz’s director of technology, Markus Schaefer, said that the development time for new Mercedes vehicles has already been reduced from an average of 58 months to about 40 months. What’s more, the goal is to reach 30 months for derivative models that are based on the same platform. Schaefer also said that the brand’s new electric platform will incorporate some tricks learned with the experimental Mercedes EQXX. This new architecture will go into production next year.

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