23 Nov '16, 12pm

Formula E tech insight: wheels

Formula E tech insight: wheels

The FIA Formula E Championship has rightly been focused on the electric powertrain development since the rules were opened up for Season Two, leaving the chassis of a fixed specification, aside from one crucial component, the wheels. Perhaps it’s been overlooked that wheel design has also been freed up since the regulation change, this gives the teams an opportunity for performance-related developments to the four 18-inch rims. At its simplest level the wheel is the component that holds the tyre to the axle, a critical, but perhaps simple task. However, the wheel has several other influences directly related to the speed of the car. Firstly, the wheel forms part of the suspension’s structure, thus the wheel needs to be stiff enough not to upset the action of the suspension. Secondly, as unsprung weight the mass of the wheel will also effect suspension performance, as well ...

Full article: http://electriccarsreport.com/2016/11/formula-e-tech-insi...

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