For Fabio Mendes on 28 January 2023 11:50
What will be key for the 24 hours of Daytona, which starts at 18:40, will be the reliability of the new LMDh. The new machines are still in the early stages of their evolution and there is still a lot of work ahead. Electronics will be key to everything going smoothly as Acura continues to roll out a new vehicle program.
The new LMDh is a hybrid machine and, therefore, programs are needed for the whole system to work in harmony (regeneration and use of regenerated energy). These programs had to be made from scratch and, therefore, it is important to modify and improve the programs.
“There are systems in the car that ORECA and HPD (Honda Performance Development) are constantly trying to improve,” said Mike Shank, co-owner of the MSR team. “Sometimes we put improvements on the car and then they are removed before going out because something has not worked out in terms of electricity. Many programs, many departments that have to talk and get a common product. We have electric types, combustion engine types, performance people, they’re all trying to keep the car on track. All should communicate. When the bridge between electronics and mechanics is broken, the car doesn’t work. The electric drive shuts off… everything stops. The performance side is not a priority at the moment. We are talking about reliability”.