As Jaguar TCS Racing looks ahead to the 2023 Julius Baer São Paulo E-Prix, taking place on Saturday, March 25, Achmad Chadran, a Content Strategist at Micro Focus, now OpenText, and Managing Editor of the online journal TechBeacon, looks at the sustainability practices that Formula E observes both on and off the track. Micro Focus is the technical partner of Jaguar TCS Racing.
All eyes on São Paulo
Round 5 of Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship took place in Cape Town, South Africa, and for Jaguar TCS Racing, the race can be regarded as a learning opportunity.
While the team got off to a great start, during qualifying, Jaguar TCS Racing driver Sam Bird accidentally crashed into the barriers while trying to avoid a stationary Maserati MSG racecar. Unfortunately, this meant that he was unable to take part in the race due to chassis damage. Sam’s situation prompted a number of Formula E teams to seek clearer procedures for warning drivers of accidents. His teammate Mitch Evans finished P11 for Jaguar TCS Racing, just missing out on the points, after qualifying on the second row of the grid.
The results from the Cape Town race have left the team at Micro Focus even more eager to see Jaguar TCS Racing take to the street circuit in pursuit of a positive result in Brazil for The 2023 Julius Baer São Paulo E-Prix, which takes place on Saturday, March 25.
5 carbon-reducing innovations
But even between races, the drive to innovate in the spirit of environmental stewardship continues. In September 2020, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship was established as the first and only sport to be certified net zero carbon since its inception. True to this principle, Jaguar TCS Racing innovates to minimize its environmental impact in these five ways:
- Electric race cars: The most obvious innovation taken by Jaguar TCS Racing is the use of fully electric race cars, which eliminate emissions released by traditional gasoline-powered engines. The new Jaguar I-TYPE 6 is the most advanced and efficient electric Jaguar race car ever, 50 kg lighter and 100 kW more powerful than the cars that came before it, and able to reach a top speed of 200 MPH.
- Highest environmental certification: Jaguar TCS Racing entered Season 9 having been awarded FIA Three-Star Environmental Accreditation, the highest possible rating. It confirms that the team demonstrate best practice and commitment in environmental management, while continuously striving to improve existing processes.
- Sustainable race cars: The new Generation3 race cars use linen and recycled carbon fibre from retired Gen2 cars in the bodywork construction for the first time in a formula car. This reduces the carbon footprint of the production of the Gen3 bodywork. All tyres are fully recycled after racing.
- Resourceful team travel: When it comes to travelling to races, Jaguar TCS Racing has a limited allocation of passes for all core team operations including drivers, engineers, mechanics and team management. The remainder of the team are based in the UK, working out of a remote operations room with direct access to the track. The team are regulated to reduce the number of staff travelling to races and instead, use technology to help reduce their footprint. Modern day simulation, computing and cloud solutions have enabled this.
- Efficient Logistics: Jaguar TCS Racing is given a maximum net weight allowance by Formula E of 8,000 kg for the transportation of all team equipment, spares and race cars, which means the team must use the space as efficiently as possible. For example, the walling used to create workspaces within the Jaguar TCS Racing garage is transported to each event and each wall panel is numbered to ensure it fits perfectly into its allocated spot in the freight box, ensuring no space is wasted.
Carbon reduction is a shared mission
Like Jaguar TCS Racing, Micro Focus has a vision for addressing the increasing impact of climate change. As the technical partner of Jaguar TCS Racing, Micro Focus believes that business, government, and society need to work together to manifest a cleaner, greener planet Earth.
For our part, this means transitioning to a net-zero economy by 2050, as announced in October 2022. To this end, we at Micro Focus help our customers make choices for their enterprise software needs that meet their own environmental goals, and that promote carbon reduction strategies. Some key components of this program include helping enterprises achieve the following:
- Moving to public clouds that use renewable energy,
- Improving operational efficiency to reduce energy consumption,
- Optimizing equipment usage through management, computing, and storage, and
- Using software longer and improving production and recycling processes.
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