NetApp helps Porsche Motorsport win the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with data-driven cloud solutions

TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Uses Real-Time Data Collaboration Delivered by NetApp’s Hybrid Cloud Solutions to Achieve Superior Performance

NetApp® (NASDAQ: NTAP), a global data-centric, cloud-based software company, and Formula E team TAG Heuer Porsche, today announced a multi-year partnership. NetApp will provide the sports car maker with innovative hybrid cloud solutions that will allow it to continue to write racing history.

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Porsche AG, a global automotive brand owned by the Volkswagen Group, began shifting its production towards electric or electro-fuel vehicles in 2015. By 2030, Porsche AG aims to have 80% of its vehicles sold to be electric. By leveraging NetApp’s real-time data services, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team helps realize the vision of sustainable mobility, while benefiting from real-time adjustments that deliver superior racing performance, and which promote the new generation of Porsche electric vehicles.

Collaborative real-time data service for the racetrack

NetApp’s hybrid cloud solutions allow the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team to access their trackside data to support driver and team performance. This allows them to make decisions based on real-time data, especially when it comes to using the Formula E Attack mode, which unleashes an additional 30 kilowatts of engine power. The rules governing the activation of Attack mode are established by the FIA ​​shortly before each ePrix, and therefore significantly impact race strategy.

As data is at the heart of racing decisions, business decisions and technical decisions, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team needs state-of-the-art data management technology:

  • data and systems must be available on-track and meet stringent performance requirements.

  • The digital data collected during the ePrix must be uploaded to the cloud for analysis, while the race continues.

  • Cloud data should be processed by the Porsche Motorsport head office team based in Weissach, Germany for R&D purposes.

  • At the end of the race, the data must be transferred to the cloud so that it can be used in the future, but also to support critical data services, such as backup and archiving.

In response, the hybrid cloud data solution designed by NetApp and Porsche combines cloud network storage services and Global File Cache, to ensure that data can flow seamlessly and quickly between widely dispersed locations. It also integrates NetApp’s powerful data services to ensure version consistency, manage and control cloud resources, and protect Porsche intellectual property:

  • Cloud Volumes ONTAP is the primary storage platform for Formula E team TAG Heuer Porsche. The multicloud solution deployed on Azure acts as a platform that consolidates all of the team’s data.

  • Global File Cache, capacity at the edge of the cloud volume, provides local instances at the edge, which provide low-latency access to common datasets, both at the on-site development center in Weissach, as well as on the circuit .

  • Cloud Manager delivers centralized orchestration of hybrid cloud storage infrastructure and all data management services, so the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team can manage, control and automate their hardware and software consumption of data.

  • Cloud Backup integrates as a backup and archive layer for consolidated cloud data.

« Formula E is a technological showcase as well as the backbone of Porsche’s R&D, and preserves our strong heritage in motorsport, both on the road and on the circuit, » said Friedemann Kurz, Head of IT for Motorsport at Porsche. “While data is key here, it’s not easy to leverage it when the race team is always on the move. The solution created by NetApp is unique in the market, in the way it moves immense amounts of data at high speed, while delivering an intuitive experience at the edge, in the core and in the cloud, so that we design automobiles more better and faster for our racing drivers and car enthusiasts everywhere. »

“It’s a winning partnership, in which two champions meet face to face. Porsche has won more than 30,000 victories in all major motor racing series. NetApp has filed more than 2,500 patents for data innovations. By joining forces today, we are working to shape the future of motor racing,” said James Whitemore, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, NetApp. “Digital data is collected by the many sensors on board the automobiles as they zip along the track, and are processed in a synchronized fashion to predict outcomes to aid the trackside team. Data equals speed. »

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About NetApp

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About Porsche in Formula E

Thanks to the electric Porsche 99X, Porsche returned to open-wheel single-seater racing in 2019, after more than 30 years of absence, and celebrated its successful debut by securing second place at the season opener in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia as part of ABB Formula E Season 6. In 2021/2022, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team is contesting its third Formula E season with the Porsche 99X electric, and scored a historic double in Mexico on February 12, 2022. The all-electric racing car and equipped with the Porsche E Performance powertrain, developed in Weissach, also serves as a development platform for the manufacturer’s all-electric production models. sports cars. Energy management and efficiency are important success factors in Formula E and in the development of production cars. For the 2021/2022 season, the electric 99X offers a maximum power of 250 kW in qualifying mode and 220 kW (compared to 200 kW in the previous season) in normal race mode. Attack mode boosts power up to 250kW (up from 235kW last season). The maximum recovery reaches 250 kW, while the useful capacity of the battery amounts to 52 kilowatt hours.

Formula E is the innovative and sustainable international open-wheel electric racing car championship of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

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