Motorsports

Editorial

When it comes to the best, when it comes to performing under extreme pressure, and the highest speeds, whether we are talking about Internet equipment, auto racing, or professional photography, one constant is true – reliability counts. When the best in the world are putting themselves on the line, then they expect, and need, reliability from the equipment they are using.

And yet, while the need for reliability is no secret, often we, and the technology we choose, fall short. Such are the realities of complex systems, the lack of visibility into everything going on, how everything impacts everything else, and failure under stress – the simple breaking because the forces being exerted cannot be held back anymore.

In the current “From around the web” , we see how this comes into play with both planning, Mahindra not taking a risk on two years of revolutions in a row, and with the assertion that the McLaren team’s reliability is going backwards. We wonder out aloud, how much more so will reliability count and be tested as Formula E becomes Extreme E in the Arctic and Himalayas.

There are many aspects to reliability: good quality data, know which risks to take, architecture, design, planning, culture, and luck. The reliability pursued in auto racing is reliability that flows down, over time, to all cars, and all drivers.

Competitions

From around the web

Formula E: Four Amazing Seasons of Action and Drama!

Formula E reveals season five calendar for 2018/19

December 15 2018 Riyadh*
January 12 2019 Marrakech
January 26 TBA
February 16 Mexico City
March 10 Hong Kong
March 23 TBA (China)
April 13 Rome
April 27 Paris
May 11 Monaco
May 25 Berlin
June 9 Zurich**
July 13/14 New York

*Subject to circuit homologation
** Subject to ASN approval, circuit homologation and final approval of the city

Source: Autosport

11 Teams set to compete in the 5th season of Formula E

“With new rules, new cities, 22 brand new Gen2 cars and, crucially, new teams, it’s going to be one hell of a ride.” Source: FIA Formula E

Mahindra’s 2018/19 Formula E powertrain a ‘totally new’ revolution

“What we [decided to do] when we entered four years ago was follow the evolution, revolution, evolution cycle.” Source: Autosport

Formula E develops new off-road Extreme E racing series

“Called Extreme E, the new series would use SUV-like race cars to tackle the wilds of lands such as the Arctic and the Himalayas.” Source: Autosport

Fernando Alonso: McLaren F1 team’s reliability has gone ‘backwards’

“We had a problem in an electrical part or something because the car was misfiring in Turn 7 and 8 [Lesmo 2 and Ascari], so I had no power in those corners.

“Suddenly the car switched off and I came into the pitlane.” Source: Autosport