Henkel partners with TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team
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Posted to News on 24th Jan 2024, 10:00

Henkel partners with TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team

Henkel Adhesive Technologies, through its LOCTITE brand, has formed a close partnership with the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team. And it is maintaining that partnership through the 2024 Formula E World Champtionship.

Henkel partners with TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team

The collaboration began in 2021, when Henkel application engineer Martin Christall met the team to identify possible points of use where LOCTITE could further improve the performance and reliability of the teams electric race car.

The biggest challenge was that, in Formula E, the chassis, battery, aerodynamics and front suspension are provided centrally and are the same for all teams. This means there is only a certain amount of leeway when it comes to incorporating a teams technologies and components, for example in the engine, transmission, rear suspension, and control systems.

But that day, we managed to win the team over with one of our first demonstrations, Christall recalls. The design of the cars front motor raised some assembly challenges for the team. Loctite 9466 adhesive worked amazingly on the first try. This created trust and was a good basis for our further collaboration project.

Today, the teams work closely together to get even more out of the cars of the future and TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is improving season on season, with its best-ever placing of 4th in the 2023 season.

Their shared goal is to develop even better ways of using LOCTITE products, while also testing new products that enhance the cars performance and speed and, of course, its sustainability.

Already, different Loctite solutions are used to ensure mechanical reliability for a host of key applications, which extend from suspension bearings, gearbox housing parts, and powertrain bolts to steering wheel components.

The strength and performance of LOCTITE adhesives is clear once you understand that, in Formula E, adhesives are exposed to extreme loads. A high-performance electric motor with an output of 350 kW can propel the 854-kilogram race cars to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. The current generation can reach top speeds of up to 320 km/h.

This puts a huge strain on all the parts. On top of that, there are the high temperatures, continual shock, and vibration to deal with, explains Christall.

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