After pilatus' success in its first driverless season, the driverless team has decided to use it as the hardware platform again for the 2020 season.
Using the same self-developed AMZ M7 wheelhub motors that deliver 38.4 kW each at a weight of just under 3 kg and a staged planetary gearbox transmits the motor’s torque pilatus has a resulting 375 Nm of torque at each wheel. Thanks to an advanced vehicle dynamics control including torque vectoring and traction control, the optimal force is transmitted to the ground in every driving situation. This ensures that the vehicle’s full potential is utilised.
The energy for the powertrain is stored in a two-piece battery. A self-developed, optical battery management systems monitors the battery cells’ status. The single-piece CFRP monocoque, including the roll hoops, weighs 20 kg. A lightweight CFRP crash box dissipates the impact energy in the event of an accident.
To reduce tire load variation a hydraulic suspension system is implemented on pilatus. This allows full separation of heave, pitch, roll and warp. Thanks to our unique dampers featuring MRF technology, the damping rate can be adjusted during the race.
To improve pilatus for the 2020 season, all of the weaknesses of the previous autonomous system were put into the scope of the new team. A more advanced and high resolution perception system, faster computer, more reliable hardware assemblies and better software management will lead pilatus to become the most advanced autonomous car from the team once more.