The visionary power of LSP Innovative Automotive Systems has long since been established. More than 15 years ago, the company developed advanced braking systems for road vehicles and almost ten years ago the accumulated know-how was used for an even more demanding challenge – working with a motorsport team in preparation for the most legendary and probably toughest endurance race in the world, the Le Mans 24 hour.
The implementation of an LSP braking system in a hybrid racing car for this marathon race offered another steep learning curve at that moment in time. Initially, the advanced technology could not be integrated on a widescale basis as the racing team withdrew from the World Endurance Championship (WEC) series. LSP, however, gained a valuable insight from the cooperation.
The experience gained served to confirm that the technological solutions would be advantageous and applicable to practically all other e-racing series. This includes Formula E, which has become of internationally significant importance as a counterpart to Formula 1 and spearheads the field in this area of motorsport. Formula E racing cars are still driven by people, but require clever energy management to be successful, LSP's brake system developments have been helping more and more teams over a number of years.
In contrast, the first purely robotic vehicles – completely without drivers – started racing in January 2022. Taking place near Las Vegas/USA, the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) saw only autonomous cars pitted against one another in a race against the clock. This shows that motorsport is still pioneering technologically advanced systems for the future. The path to autonomous driving in everyday life has, after all, long been signposted.
LSP's experience, ranging from Le Mans hybrid racing cars up to Formula E, has effectively promoted the development of a modular design at LSP. The current IBSe braking system can be individually adapted to different vehicle architectures. This technology opens up new applications as well as those for everyday applications beyond motorsport, such as autonomous driving.
As LSP's braking technology has proven itself comprehensively in recent years, the following statement about the current IBSe is even more valid: It offers superior performance in a range of different applications and delivers maximum reliability. Thanks to its modular design, IBSe can be adapted perfectly to the specific requirements of vehicle manufacturers. It is particularly light and compact, not least because of its use of state-of-the-art 3D printing technology, whilst meeting the highest quality standards. In addition to IBSe’s optimally balanced distribution of braking effect and recuperation, LSP also ensures outstanding results with its flexible, first-class customer support.
We are ready for autonomous driving!