Who is Jaguar TCS Racing?
Jaguar TCS Racing is a Formula E racing team based in the UK. Jaguar TCS Racing joined the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E World Championship series in 2016, making Jaguar the first premium car manufacturer to compete. The racing team plays a key role in designing, building and testing new technologies that support electric vehicle (EV) development across Jaguar Land Rover.
At a Glance
HQ: Grove, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, and seen racing in cities around the world.
Eliminating limitations on data uploading and analysis is critical to Jaguar TCS Racing’s success in Formula E.
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Gaining an edge on the competition
As an official Formula E manufacturer team, Jaguar TCS Racing designs its own electric powertrain, which includes the motor, transmission, inverter, and rear suspension. Because all teams in the Championship are required to use the same car chassis and battery, the focus is on developing the most efficient powertrain—crucial to gaining an edge on fierce competition.
Successful electric powertrain development demands much more than simply specifying and manufacturing hardware. The systems and software used to control the powertrain, along with the algorithms that optimise its energy usage throughout each race weekend, are also key to beating the competition.
These powertrain solutions generate huge volumes of data, which the team must analyse effectively to understand and improve performance. However, the FIA—Formula E’s governing body—applies tight controls to the number of engineers allowed to access and interrogate that data, both on the track and back at team headquarters.
Phil Charles, Technical Manager at Jaguar TCS Racing, elaborates: “The restrictions mean that we must make the most of limited resources in very short and high-pressure time windows. To do so, we need to use the best techniques available in terms of data processing and analytics.”
However, this was where Jaguar TCS Racing had run up against a major stumbling block. The team’s existing analytics platform was struggling to keep pace with ever-growing data demands. As Phil Charles explains: “The system took ages to load and query data, restricted us to a set volume of data we could handle, and forced us to work with aggregate and down-sampled data. It was holding us back from analysing data as quickly and deeply as we wanted. Ultimately, this was holding back our performance on the track.”