Wind River®, a world leader in embedded software for intelligent connected systems, has announced that Bosch Motorsport, part of the Bosch Group, one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive components, is using VxWorks® for its engine control units (ECUs) for endurance motorsport race cars. During the 2013 season, the Bosch Motorsport ECUs powered the winning team at the "6 Hours of Silverstone" race in April, "6 Hours of Spa" race in May, and the "24 Hours of Le Mans," the crown jewel event of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in June.
24 Hours of Le Mans 2013. Photo courtesy of FIA WEC Photo Gallery.
Engine control units play an essential role in race cars, often with features enabling telematics, data logging and wireless connectivity. Reliable, hard real-time performance for ECUs is a mission-critical requirement; without it, racers risk the dangerous outcomes from a failing or out-of-control engine. Telemetry is also vital to a winning race strategy as it enables teams to interpret massive amounts of data during competitions to help racers reach peak performance. A precursor to the Internet of Things, race telemetry requires significant machine-to-machine connectivity and intelligence. VxWorks allows telematics-enabled components to manage tasks for data acquisition and communication, and ensure that race engineers properly receive the vast amounts of performance data in real time. “The speed and complexity of racing demand powerful and highly deterministic automotive devices. For deterministic, real-time performance, VxWorks Bosch Motorsport uses VxWorks. By doing so, Bosch Motorsport creates components that allow race engineers to be competitive and achieve optimum vehicle performance,” said Markus Kirschner, group leader for hardware development at Bosch Motorsport. “Wind River provided highly effective and reliable technology, support, and services throughout the entire project. Wind River helped us develop an advanced, high quality product while meeting challenging deadlines. In fact, we were able to shorten development time by over 50 percent for our engine control units.”