voestalpine https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/ corporate blog of voestalpine Wed, 22 May 2019 08:38:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Berlin, Berlin – we’re driving through Berlin! Home game for voestalpine trophy leader Lotterer & team trio https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/formula-e/berlin-berlin-were-driving-through-berlin-home-game-for-voestalpine-trophy-leader-lotterer-team-trio/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/formula-e/berlin-berlin-were-driving-through-berlin-home-game-for-voestalpine-trophy-leader-lotterer-team-trio/#respond Wed, 22 May 2019 08:38:24 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=94327 “Berlin, Berlin—we’re going to Berlin!” What for decades has been one of the most famous chants for German football fans, and is certain to be heard on Saturday in the hours before the German 2019 cup final, also applies for fans of the world’s most modern motorsport: the German capital is the venue for the BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM niobium, the fourth and penultimate contest in this season’s voestalpine European Races. What awaits the drivers, and how André Lotterer, current leader in the battle for the 3D-printed voestalpine trophy, is preparing for this home race.


Local heroes dream of premiere
Formel E Strecke in Berlin

Formula E race track in Berlin

The voestalpine European Races 2019 are approaching the finishing straight—the fourth and therefore penultimate stop in Europe is Berlin, capital of a country which is home to many of the world’s major automobile manufacturers.
For three of the teams, this tenth race in the fifth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is also a home race: Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, BMW i Andretti Motorsport, and HWA RACELAB are all local heroes, as are drivers André Lotterer, Daniel Abt, Pascal Wehrlein, and Maximilian Günther. Of the four, Günther, the GEOX DRAGON driver with Austrian roots, has strongly qualified as a contender for this race by his performances to date, particularly in Paris. A first win for Wehrlein (MAHINDRA RACING) is long overdue. He most recently secured a solid fourth place in Monaco from his starting spot in the first row. And unbelievably, despite his many top placings, André Lotterer, too, has never won an E-Prix. This would be a good time to do so because the 38-year-old from Duisburg is right in the running to win the season’s most important titles, including the voestalpine European Races.

The showdown approaches

The tension is building: in Monaco Jean-Éric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) was the first (!) driver to win a second race this season. Consequently, the Frenchman is also leading the championship, with races in Berlin, Bern, and two races in New York still to go. Vergne is ahead of his team colleague and friend Lotterer, while in the voestalpine European Races rankings the opposite is true—here the German is in the lead over Vergne who shares second place with Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing). Oliver Rowland is lying in wait in third place.

Andre Lotterer

In an interview André Lotterer, the leading driver in the voestalpine European Races, tells us what these title fights means to him.


Mr. Lotterer, you’re leading in the voestalpine European Races rankings.

ANDRE LOTTERER: „A wonderful feeling! After my second place in Paris, I got to hold the trophy for a few moments—it’s incredible. And now I’m coming to my home race in Berlin as the leading driver. My goal is obviously to end up as the first winner in the history of the voestalpine European Races..“


There was a major change to your team prior to the start of the season. Previously, the team sourced its drives as a customer of Renault, but now TECHEETAH has formed a works team with DS Automobiles who now supply the drive systems. What changes has this brought?

ANDRE LOTTERER: „Many! It makes a huge difference after having leased a Renault motor last season. The team has grown, and most importantly we now have the 15 manufacturer’s test days. The experience Jean-Éric Vergne and I have gained in motorsport has also helped. A huge part of preparing for Formula E is ensuring the mapping works, and that the car does precisely what you want it to. Plus we have more resources and can develop things faster. I’m convinced that having your own manufacturer in Formula E is absolutely the right way to go.“


You have vast experience, have won the Le Mans, were WEC World Champion, have raced in other series, and are also a title holder and star in Japan. How do you see the future of Formula E?

ANDRE LOTTERER: „It’s bright. Everyone drives the same car which makes the aerodynamics largely irrelevant. The result is a great show. That’s where it differs from other series. And there’ll be more innovations. I find the idea of fast charging the batteries very interesting. It’s also relevant for the automotive industry, but we just have to be careful that the battery costs don’t shoot up too much.“


 The BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium, the fourth of the voestalpine European Races, starts on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 13:00. ORF eins, Eurosport 1, and ARD will all be broadcasting live.


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Everything you ever wanted to know about Formula E but never dared ask https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/formula-e/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-formula-e-but-never-dared-ask/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/formula-e/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-formula-e-but-never-dared-ask/#respond Mon, 20 May 2019 15:39:09 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=94245 The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is generating and enthusing more fans than ever. The previous races of the fifth season were excellent advertisements for the world’s most modern motorsport, and with it the voestalpine European Races. Most significantly, this championship has also succeeded in attracting fans with no demonstrable interest in motorsport to date. So for all those newcomers, here are a few answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Formula E.


What is Formula E?

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the brainchild of Spanish businessman Alejandro Agag. Working in Formula One, his tasks included acquiring sponsors. Once he had a customer who, for ecological and noise reduction reasons, no longer wished to advertise in Formula One, realizing this had ceased to be consistent with his company’s image. That encouraged Agag to think about establishing a race series which placed greater value on promising drive alternatives and sustainability. A few years later he convinced Jean Todt, President of the world motorsport federation FIA, that his idea had merit, and the first race in this new championship was run in Beijing, on September 13, 2014.

Formula E’s vision and objectives

At Formula E, they have integrated a sustainability mind-set into every action they take as they aspire to accelerate change towards an electric future, one race and one city at a time. Through the championship, Formula E aims to raise awareness and inspire change in sustainable practices, contributing to reducing global emissions and their impact on the environment.

What is the key characteristic of Formula E?

Gen 2 Car


Formula E has a single chassis type which all the teams must use. With the start of the 2018/19 season, FE18 Spark Racing Technology, better known as Gen2, replaced the Sport SRT_01E which had been used for the first four years. In the first year of Formula E the cars also raced with identical powertrains. However, since the second year of the championship, registered manufacturers have been permitted to develop their own e-motors, inverters, transmissions, rear suspension, and software. Currently nine of the 11 teams drive with their own specially designed powertrains.Antriebsstrang an.

Is the battery also a uniform component?

Yes. The battery is a uniform component developed in cooperation between McLaren Applied Technologies, Sony, and Lucid Motors. The battery stores a total of 54 kWh of power of which the drivers have 52 kWh available during the race (analogue to the 28 kWh of useable power in the uniform Williams Advanced Engineering battery used in the first four seasons).

What are the major differences between Formula E and Formula One?

The primary difference is naturally the powertrain. Formula One uses six-cylinder hybrid engines, while Formula E exclusively uses electric drives. Formula One cars have a significantly higher maximum speed, and faster curve speeds. But when it comes to acceleration, the two race cars are already on a par, speeding from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. However, there is one major difference: Formula One teams build their cars themselves; in Formula E identical cars are manufactured and made available to the teams. This guarantees that the teams compete on a much more level playing field. The proof: seven different teams have won the first seven E-Prix of the season.

Who takes pole position in a Formula E race, and why?

Races run on circuits are organized as follows: all the cars simultaneously complete a certain number of rounds of a closed circuit, with a single line serving as the start and finish. The cars usually start in a slightly staggered arrangement, in rows of two. Consequently, there is a huge advantage in starting as far to the front as possible, especially on a tight city circuit. For that reason, drivers need to be as fast as possible during the separate qualification training in which a single lap is timed. Usually it’s the driver with the fastest qualifying time who starts in pole position, with the second fastest a few meters behind them, on the other side of the asphalt lane. In Formula E the standard qualification format has been slightly modified: the drivers are first divided into different qualifying groups, driving the qualification training according to a fixed starting sequence. They have six minutes to drive. Afterwards, the five fastest drivers compete again in a “Super Pole”, racing to secure starting places 1 to 6. In this round, the times from the first part of the qualification training are ignored. The fastest driver in this group gets to start the race from the Julius Bär pole position, as well as being awarded three championship points.

How long does a race last?

This season heralds a new race format: the race is run over 45 minutes, and when the leading car crosses the start and finishing line they drive one more lap. This system is particularly challenging for strategists: no one can precisely predict how many laps will be completed in total, and therefore the energy management must be calculated with extreme precision, and adapted to the conditions and events during the race (rain, safety car phases, etc.).

Are there pit stops?

Formel EDuring the first four seasons the drivers had to change cars because the drive batteries didn’t have sufficient capacity to cover an entire race distance. From this season onwards this is now possible, and every driver can now compete without needing a pit stop. But if there is a technical defect which requires repairs to be undertaken, the car can be driven into a special side lane–the pit–where minor repairs can be made. As a rule, and in contrast to other race series, this rarely happens in Formula E.




What is the Formula E race format? Are there special rules?

The ABB Formula E Championship races include several very innovative modules which generate more race action, and are particularly familiar to younger generations of viewers accustomed to video games. They include, for example, a Fanboost. Six days before the race and up to 15 minutes before the start, fans can select their favorite driver. The five drivers who have been chosen by fans to qualify for the prized Fanboost are awarded a substantial boost of additional power which they can apply during a five second window in the second half of the race. It’s ideal for an important overtaking maneuver, for example. This year also features an Attack Mode. In order to launch the Attack Mode the driver must load their race car by diverging from the racing line to drive through the activation zone where they can collect an additional 25 kW of power. Drivers who secure the additional power–that means speed–have a couple of laps in which to use this power and drive in a more offensive manner. This gives them the chance to more easily overtake a few of the cars in front of them. Viewers can spot the race cars currently in Attack Mode because their Halo systems (security bar over the cockpit) are illuminated.

What makes the series special for fans? What happens during a race weekend?


E-Village with festival character.

A unique feature for fans is the ability to directly influence the outcome of race via the Fanboost. The event itself is designed for the benefit of the public: the circuits are usually located in city centers and are easily accessible, while before and after the race attractions and activities focusing on e-mobility and the technology of the future are available for the whole family. There is also very close contact with the drivers: from autograph hours to the E-race itself, there are many ways in which the stars are directly involved.

Are the drivers professionals, and what did they do before Formula E was invented?

Formular E Fahrer & FahrerinThe drivers in Formula E are some of the best in the world. They started driving in karts as youngsters, and, year for year, have usually been among the best of their generation worldwide. Only in Formula One will you find some race drivers who are better. However, in contrast to Formula One you can’t “buy your way in” to Formula E. That means all 22 drivers currently on the Formula E circuit were selected purely on the basis of sporting performance. As a result, the overall quality is simply unique. All the drivers are total professionals, with several coming from Formula One. When time allows, some also drive in other series, usually the World Endurance Championship WEC (e.g., 24 h Le Mans), or in the DTM, the German Touring Car Masters.

What can a driver do to be faster than their rivals?

The team can make a difference through preparation. Although the cars themselves are the same, the teams use their own drives, or manufacturers’ drives. It’s also possible to make adjust the set up to enhance performance. The driver, in turn, must use the simulator in order to be well prepared for each circuit. During the race itself, the key features which differentiate the drivers are the line driven, behavior during duels, the feeling for how a situation or the circuit develops, and the tires. Energy management is also vital. The way the driver brakes, steers, and accelerates, as well as exactly where they do this, helps determine not only speed, but also power consumption. The aim is to use as little energy as possible while driving as fast as possible.

Why doesn’t Formula E drive on proper circuits like the other race series?

E-Prix Paris

E-Prix Paris in the heard of the city

Historically, and at the beginning of the series in particular, it was difficult to build a race car for standard racetracks, because in order to recuperate as much energy as possible from braking you need lots of tight curves in which the drivers break often and sharply. This rarely happens on a racetrack with fast curves. The founder of the series, Alejandro Agag, quickly realized that the ideal location for a Formula E race was, in any case, in the city. This is because tightly bending circuits are good for recuperating energy, and also because the idea behind Formula E is to drive in city centers, rather than round circuits somewhere out in the countryside. As the huge potential for electric vehicles primarily lies in cities, and this is a development cities are encouraging, city racing is a good fit.

Have any women driven in the races?

Frauen-Bewegung Formel E

Susie Wolff as successful team leader

Yes. We have tried to support women in Formula E right from the start. To date Swiss driver Simona de Silvestro (4 races), Italian Michela Cerruti (4), and Englishwoman Katrin Legge (2) have all been at the start. Silvestro is currently also the reserve driver in the Venturi team– the team in which ex-Formula One test driver Susie Wolff is now boss. Edo Mortara’s win in Hong Kong 2019 was the first in the history of top class racing in which a women was in charge of the winning team.

Where are the cars built?

Spark Technology and Dallara (an Italian chassis manufacturer) build the cars together and make them available to the teams.

What can the teams influence, which elements are predetermined?

The teams are permitted to develop the e-motor, inverter, transmission, rear suspension, and software for the registered manufacturer. In addition, for each race they can jointly agree on a race strategy which is primarily determined by the layout of the particular circuit, the sequence and number of curves, braking zones, straights, as well as the nature of the asphalt surface.

Formel E

pit lane


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Digital Ambassador Qualification Program: Shaping digitalization together https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/career/workplace-of-the-future/digital-ambassador-qualification-program-shaping-digitalization-together/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/career/workplace-of-the-future/digital-ambassador-qualification-program-shaping-digitalization-together/#respond Mon, 20 May 2019 11:05:30 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=94116 In a one-week Digital Ambassador Qualification Program (DAQP), the first 19 participants completed the Digital Academy’s basic program.


Expert clusters on topics such as robotics were soon established in order to learn from each other and pursue topics together. Last year, a training curriculum was developed for employees who are not necessarily digitalization experts. At the beginning of February 2019, the first training took place in Kapfenberg. In a one-week Digital Ambassador Qualification Program (DAQP), the first 19 participants completed the Digital Academy’s basic program, says Project Manager Johannes Eichler, Global Digitalization Manager.

"We are training ambassadors who will support their companies, their divisions and their colleagues during the digital transformation. We have laid a cornerstone for the participants on which we can build."

Imparting basic knowledge

The qualification program is targeted at first and second management levels, operations and production managers, maintenance staff and IT managers from production and sales companies in all regions of the High Performance Metals Division. However, the program is even beneficial for digitalization experts. Eichler explains, “It is important to understand that it is the employees who can promote the idea of digital transformation and make a difference in their organizations. Digitalization is not limited to technology, so we have put together a combination of technical and cultural topics to give them the tools they need.”

The intensive program includes modules on automation and robotics as well as on agile change management. “For every topic, we used the input of external specialists to supplement the voestalpine perspective,” comments Global Chief Digital Officer Michael Eder. “This allowed us to translate theory into practice and highlight challenges, insights and opportunities.”

Teilnehmer Digital Ambassador Program

After they have completed the DAQP, the Digital Academy would like to integrate all participants into the Division’s digital community, for example by having them participate in the expert clusters.

Common language for the digital community

“It was important to establish a common language on this topic. Now, the participants can work together and be ambassadors, translators and change agents for digitalization,” says Eder. The basic program is currently in great demand. As Johannes Eichler points out, “The fact that the pilot event was so well received is naturally making waves. The Metal Forming and Metal Engineering Divisions would also like to participate.” Starting in July, a program will be offered every two months. And the Digital Academy’s Deep Dive modules will go into more depth on special topics.

Teilnehmer FH DAQP

The FH Joanneum in Kapfenberg provides the DCC with organizational and program development support. Hands-on classes for the DAQP participants were held in the university’s Smart Production Lab.

Deep Dive modules

Like the Digital Ambassador Qualification Program, the Deep Dive modules will cover both technical and cultural topics. The first module will be on the “Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence Lab” of Alexander Pokorny, the expert for DCC Data Analytics. It will start in June and be followed by modules on “Agile Change” and “Cybersecurity”. Thomas Schober, the Division’s IT Security Manager, was also involved in the DAQP and designed the Deep Dive course on security: “Cybersecurity is one of the necessary pillars of digitalization. It offers many opportunities, but there are also risks. We want to hone the awareness of the participants so that they consider security issues in all digitalization projects.

Marion Drescher from Human Resources would like people to learn from her module that the Division’s digital journey is about more than just using the latest technologies: “In these times of increasing complexity and uncertainty, we have to respond even faster to changes. And that requires new management methods and approaches. That is why we have integrated modules into the DAQP that enable the participants to recognize the sense of urgency of the digital transformation and, in the next step, try out new, agile working methods and leadership approaches.”


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compacore, the innovation for efficient electric motors https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/mobility/automotive-en/compacore-the-innovation-for-efficient-electric-motors/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/mobility/automotive-en/compacore-the-innovation-for-efficient-electric-motors/#respond Mon, 20 May 2019 09:22:37 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=94091 With its compacore® inline-bonded lamination stacks, voestalpine offers the automotive industry the optimal technology for the heart of electromobility: the motor. compacore® makes it possible to produce innovative powerhouse lamination stacks that significantly improve the efficiency of electric motors.


With its compacore® innovation, voestalpine has developed a manufacturing method that is ideal for serial production of full-faced bonded stators and rotors. In a newly developed inline process, highest quality electrical steel, with a special self-bonding coating is bonded to form lamination stacks. This process avoids the interlaminar eddy current losses that result from other joining processes such as welding or punched stacking and improves the electromagnetic properties of the stacks.

Central locking, window regulators, wipers, stability programs, radiator fans, speedometers, exterior mirrors, seat adjustment—what do these car components have in common? Precisely, they are all working with electric lamination stacks. Over 100 of electric motors are at work in cars. And, of course, there are the powerful electric motors in all types of electric cars.

voestalpine compacore Motor

The driving heart

It contains specialized components that provide the necessary power—including highly efficient lamination stacks (compacore®) for the rotors and stators.

compacore® lamination stacks in a hybrid motor.

compacore® lamination stacks in a hybrid motor.

The stacks are made of thin electric steel layers that are bonded with a baked self-bonding varnish. This process minimizes unwanted, uncontrolled electromagnetic fields. Since the technology of the bonded rotor and stator stacks does not require welding points or clamps for bonding, the integrity of the insulating layer between the lamination layers is not compromised. This benefits the electromagnetic properties of the lamination stacks and gives designers greater creative freedom. Dimension accuracy of the components is a given.

"Automatic height control ensures that the dimensions of the lamination stacks are correct and can be installed as intended. Our unique inline electrical measurements ensure that the required parameters are met before the components are installed."
Karl Radlmayr, Metal Forming Division

The benefits at a glance:

  • Higher efficiency, greater vehicle range
  • Guaranteed, verifiable properties
  • More design freedom—smaller dimensions possible
  • Improved acoustics through full-faced bonding
  • Better thermal management—less cooling required

Read more on the compacore® microsite.

compacore®—the quiet powerhouse


compacore for efficient electric motors

Full-faced bonding of electrical steel layers offers even more benefits, especially for mobility applications. The mechanical power of the engine is accompanied by heat dissipation and typically more or less perceptible noise. Almost everyone is familiar with how an electric mixer heats up with use or has heard the humming of an approaching electric locomotive. If the layers in the stacks are not firmly bonded to each other, electromagnetic fields will cause them to vibrate and eventually generate audible sound waves: the motor hums. The “silent design” of the compacore® stacks bonds electrical steel layers over their full face with baking varnish, effectively preventing this. It also improves the efficiency of the motor, an effect that is especially noticeable in smaller motors such as those used in eBikes. That is why compacore® stacks are also used in these motors and—after final production tests under customer supervision—went into series production this past March.

Prototype construction increased tenfold

The construction of prototypes is an indicator of trend development. This is especially true in the electromobility sector. „We have ensured series reliability and are currently optimizing the process in order to be able to cover customer demand on time,“ comments Karl Radlmayr.


The production station for lamination stacks in Nagold.

The electrification of the powertrain is one of the most important future topics in the mobility market segment. This means the interdivisional voestalpine development compacore® has enormous potential.

Visit us at CWIEME 2019 in Berlin, May 21-23, 2019, Stand D21 in Hall 2.2.

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voestalpine European Races in Monaco: friends share everything https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/formula-e/voestalpine-european-races-in-monaco-friends-share-everything/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/formula-e/voestalpine-european-races-in-monaco-friends-share-everything/#respond Wed, 15 May 2019 15:01:06 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=93892 The 2019 Monaco E-Prix story has its hero—and it’s a Frenchman. Having won the race around the principality, reigning ABB FIA Formula E Champion Jean-Éric Vergne now personally embodies the status of title defender, Monaco winner (first time), leading driver in Season 5 (first time), voestalpine European Race triumphator (first time), and also the first person who has managed to win a second race in the hugely diverse 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.


Following his win in China, ‘JEV’ has now prevailed in the Principality where he won in dominant fashion, from lights to flag. He also remains close friends with his greatest rival André Lotterer with whom he is currently one point ahead of in the drivers standings. The DS TECHEETAH driver is ahead of his team colleague in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as a whole, while in the voestalpine European Races rankings the opposite is true—here Lotterer remains in the lead. Here the key facts about the weekend on the Côte d’Azur.

JEV is Number 1

His friends all call him JEV—an amalgamation of his initials. Yet Jean-Éric Vergne, who turned 29 in April, also likes to lead from the front. He leads the championship rankings. That means the current ABB FIA Formula E Champion may succeed in something his predecessors, Nelson Piquet Jr, Sébastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi, were all unable to achieve, namely securing the title for a second time, even defending it directly. Vergne is seen as one of the good guys in Formula E because of his straightforwardness. Even in his hour of victory he remained of the opinion that this year’s Formula E should have been driven over the full circuit layout in Monaco, rather than on the modified version. Which, if you listen carefully, is clearly a compliment for this electric series: “Our cars and our energy storage systems have long been capable of this, and anyway, Formula E is strong enough in itself. We don’t need to shy away from comparisons with Formula One on exactly the same circuit, because we have our own strengths and qualities. It’s not just about lap times.”


Jean-Eric Vergne

An unusual friendship between two team rivals

When it comes to qualities, one feature of Formula E is that, in contrast with other race series, there are also close friendships between team colleagues, even though in motorsport a team mate is usually seen as the first competitor to beat. That’s because a race driver’s performance can always be precisely measured against that of the only other driver on the track who is in the same team and is identically equipped. This comparison makes friendship between a team’s two drivers impossible. Or perhaps not? Although Vergne and Lotterer are now both in the lead and battling it out for the title in both the ABB Formula E Championship as a whole and the voestalpine European Races (in reverse order), their friendship remains as strong as ever: “Obviously there’s no reason to change anything,” says the Frenchman about his partner. “Nothing can come between us, and nothing will change our friendship. We both have great respect for one another, and that’s all that counts. Even though things can change very fast in Formula E, and clearly you never know what will happen. But just being so close in the rankings doesn’t change anything.”


Andre Lotterer currently leads the voestalpine European Races

The unknown hero of Formula E: Oliver Rowland

Eight different winners in nine races, yet one of the season’s heroes is British driver Oliver Rowland who has never won an E-Prix in his career. In Monaco, the Nissan e.dams team driver was awarded three additional points for the fastest time in qualifying, even though he was pushed back due to a penalty he accrued in the previous race. Rowland came in second, crossing the finishing line in Monaco even ahead of his famous team colleague Sébastien Buemi who, to that date, had remained unbeaten in Formula E racing in the Principality. With three pole positions this season, and 59 points despite a variety of technical problems, Rowland can be proud of his performance during his debut season (discounting a guest appearance in Punta del Este in 2015 as the replacement driver for Heidfeld at Mahindra), and especially considering he was not originally one of the 22 drivers nominated for this season. It was only after Nissan driver Alex Albon changed over to another series at the last minute that an unexpected cockpit place became free for the replacement driver Rowland. The Brit, champion of the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 series, comes from the Renault junior program, and was placed third in the Formula 2 Championship in 2017.

Rejoicing over the VENTURI podium placing

The most emotional celebrations were those of the VENTURI Formula E Team. Felipe Massa secured third place on the podium during his team’s home race, marking the former Formula One Vice Champion and Monaco resident’s best Formula E result to date. “Until now, I’ve never had a completely clean race that’s let me get the best performance out of the car. There were no errors today, and, unlike Hong Kong, I didn’t get pushed out. Standing on the podium and watching my son cheering for me was so special—it’s a wonderful feeling. It makes you so proud when you see something like that.” Venturi team boss Susie Wolff is also proud, dedicating the podium placement to Venturi President Gildo Pastor: “That’s for you, Gildo!” Wolff was particularly pleased that this third place precisely reflected the day’s sporting performances and, in contrast to Edoardo Mortara’s win in Hong Kong, had nothing to do with incidents involving the leading drivers.

To the Formula E Microsite: http://www.voestalpine.com/formele/en

Wolfgang Eder (voestalpine-CEO), Alejandro Agag (Formula E CEO), Jean Todt (FIA)

Wolfgang Eder (voestalpine-CEO), Alejandro Agag (Formula E CEO), Jean Todt (FIA)


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Good reasons to visit voestalpine at CWIEME 2019 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/mobility/automotive-en/good-reasons-to-visit-voestalpine-at-cwieme-2019/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/mobility/automotive-en/good-reasons-to-visit-voestalpine-at-cwieme-2019/#respond Mon, 13 May 2019 12:40:39 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=93762 voestalpine will once more be a sought-after dialogue partner at the 2019 coil winding trade fair CWIEME in Berlin. The voestalpine companies will be presenting efficient and environmentally-friendly solutions for the electrical industry, as well as offering visitors the chance to see a Gen2 Formula E race car in person.


voestalpine will be bringing more than just innovative products to this year’s CWIEME in Berlin, which runs from May 21 to 23: the Formula E event in Berlin the following weekend (May 25), part of the voestalpine European Races, will also make its presence clearly felt on exhibition stand D21 in Hall 2.2.
That means there are several good reasons for visiting the voestalpine exhibition stand:

  1. Steel Division: updates from Europe’s leading electrical steel manufacturer

    voestalpine will be presenting its high-efficiency isovac® electrical steel product portfolio at CWIEME. This now includes backlack-v®, a new solution for efficient lamination stack bonding.

  2. Metal Forming Division presents compacore®

    voestalpine Automotive Components produces lamination stacks for electric motors using compacore® technology. Its inline production process manufactures full-faced bonded stator and rotor lamination stacks with guaranteed mechanical and electromagnetic properties.

  3. Experience Formula E hands on

    The technology group is positioning itself as a key player in tomorrow’s mobility, as the main sponsor of the voestalpine European Races, part of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Visitors to CWIEME will be able to get closer to a Formula E race car–the new Gen2–than ever before.

  4. “Austrian Night”–an evening of tradition and innovation

    On May 22, 2019, at 17:00, voestalpine invites visitors to its stand D21 in Hall 2.2 for an Austrian evening. Our traditional warm hospitality includes an extra treat in the form of special guest Maximilian Günther, a Formula E driver with Austrian roots who competes for the GEOX Dragon team.

  5. Leading technology direct from the source

    “Backlack in a Minute” is the title of the presentation on a key technology used in electric motor production. The presentation given by Senior Researcher Ronald Fluch of voestalpine Stahl GmbH introduces attendees to the world of backlack in high-volume series production: May 22, 2019, 10:20–11:00, CWIEME Central Theatre.

Further information


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Formula E in Monaco: the formula of future racing on a historic circuit https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/formula-e/formula-e-in-monaco-the-formula-of-future-racing-on-a-historic-circuit/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/formula-e/formula-e-in-monaco-the-formula-of-future-racing-on-a-historic-circuit/#respond Wed, 08 May 2019 12:22:16 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=93713 It’s the halfway point in the voestalpine European Races, part of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. And there could hardly be a more grand location in which to mark this occasion: Monaco, the principality which has hosted motor racing for the past 90 years. And every alternate year in Formula E’s calendar since 2015, it has also been giving fans the chance to experience the future of motorsport. It’s the ideal location for following the rapid rise of this booming race series. A quick run through the key facts.



Nowhere are the celebrations more international than in Formula E

Eight races, eight different winners, seven different winning teams, six different winning manufacturers—the variety offered by this diverse championship is sensational. But there is one thing that highlights the international success of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship: the eight winners this season have come from eight different nations: Portugal, Belgium, Great Britain, Brazil, Switzerland, France, New Zealand, and most recently the Netherlands. A German winner can only be a matter of time, considering that there a total of four potential candidates: André Lotterer, Daniel Abt, Pascal Wehrlein, and Maximilian Günther.

Monaco is a home game for one winning team

The VENTURI Formula E team is the only team based in Monaco. Headed by team boss Susie Wolff, and with Edoardo Mortara at the wheel, the team has recently won its first ever Formula E race. Venturi has a long-standing involvement with electric cars and has already set several world records in this field. In 2010, for example, when a Citroen Berlingo First, powered by Venturi, completed the roughly 14,000 km route from Shanghai to Paris, establishing a course record for electric production vehicles. Working closely with the Ohio State University and with a Jamais Contente, Venturi has also set speed records for electric cars: in 2009 averaging over 487 km/h (based on fuel cells), and in 2010 with batteries and averaging over 495 km/h. Top speed: 515 km/h.

Much applause for André Lotterer, the leading voestalpine European Races driver

Andre Lotterer

Andre Lotterer

Duisburg-born André Lotterer is also a Monaco resident. With two podium places in the two European races in Rome and Paris, the German is now in second place in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship rankings, whilst simultaneously leading the voestalpine European Races rankings. The DS TECHEETAH driver also caused a stir with the statements he made after the rain race in France: his passionate plea for Formula E, his report on the race (“Formula E is the most difficult car to drive, but it’s a really challenging game. Theres a lot of do behind the wheel for the drivers which is good”, have all been shared thousands of times on social media, with his colleagues Jérôme d’Ambrosio, Robin Frijns, and Daniel Abt all enthusiastically nodding in agreement. It’s no wonder, because in driving circles Lotterer is seen as an absolute icon, having won the long-distance classic in Le Mans three times. He’s also a legend in Japan where he has won both the Superformula and SuperGT. His appraisal of the sporting challenge that is Formula E is seen as spot on.

Maxi Günther seized his opportunity with style

With his fifth place in Paris, Maximillian Günther has proven his value to the GEOX DRAGON team. To date, this driver with Austrian roots had been swapped with Brazilian Felipe Nasr in the cockpit. But the results speak clearly for the Allgäuer.

Can Sébastien Buemi continue his series of Monaco wins to end his run of bad luck?

The headline sounds confusing, but it’s true. Swiss driver Sébastien Buemi remains unbeaten in Monaco for Formula E, winning both in 2015 and 2017. But this season the Formula E record holder (12 E-Prix triumphs) and his team Nissan e.dams are still without a win, even though he’s often amongst the absolute fastest, especially during qualifying. It’s quite possible that he or his team colleague Oliver Rowland will turn in a winning performance in Monaco, so that Formula E can record yet another winning team this season.

Formula E’s thrilling development also enthralls legends

Scotsman Allan McNish is 50 this year, and is regarded as a motorsport legend: the current team boss of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler won the Le Mans three teams. He’s delighted by how the ABB FIA Formula E Championship has developed: “I was in Monaco in a private capacity in 2015, living there with my family. And quite honestly, I didn’t find the whole event particularly thrilling. But I came again in 2017, and this time it was simply ‘wow!’ The developments and the advances that this series and these cars are making is breathtaking. Now we’re in season five, and it’s sensational and impressive in every way. It’s the future!”

The third of the voestalpine European Races starts on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 4:30 p.m.


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Electrical steel from voestalpine creates mobility https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/mobility/automotive-en/electrical-steel-from-voestalpine-creates-mobility/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/mobility/automotive-en/electrical-steel-from-voestalpine-creates-mobility/#respond Fri, 03 May 2019 10:33:16 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=93591 Modern electromobility requires highly effective electrical steel.
Do you know what makes this steel strip so special? And did you know that voestalpine is one of the top European suppliers in this sector with isovac®?


Electromobility requires two output components on the drive side: batteries—and electric motors with electrical steel strip. These thin steel strips form the heart of the motors and largely determine their efficiency. With its isovac® and backlack-v® products, voestalpine is one of the top suppliers in this core area of electromobility.

High demand for electrical steel

Electrical steel has never before set so much in motion as it does today, and never before has so much of it been needed. Depending on the size and type of drive motor (battery-powered or hybrid vehicle), between 10 and 100 kg of electrical steel are used to produce it, including the residues from stamping. Considering that electric vehicles sales could reach 14 million by 2025, as concluded by “The role of steel in electromobility” study by Handelsblatt Research Institute on behalf of voestalpine (HRI study), it is easy to imagine the demand scenarios. Industry experts expect a five-fold increase in the demand for electrical steel used to power electric cars over the next five years. By 2040, this should increase to 20-fold.

What makes electrical steel so special?

Looking at it, there is nothing spectacular about electrical steel strip—it is flat rolled steel that is stacked to form laminated electrical steel packages to ensure efficient operation of the electric motor. It is the physical properties of this soft magnetic material that make it special. Such materials are especially easy to magnetize (experts speak of high permeability). Simply put, they can amplify magnetic fields.

Another special property of electrical steel is its high specific electrical resistance. The significance of this property is seen in the functioning of the electric motor. When the polarity of the magnetic field between its stator and rotor is constantly changed, not all the transmitted energy is converted into motion. Part of the energy is lost as heat, the remagnetization (heat) loss. Electromobility has special requirements in this regard. In a household vacuum cleaner, for example, the polarity changes 50 times a second (50 Hertz). In an electric car, it changes at least 400 times a second. In order to reduce the associated heat loss, electrical steel is alloyed with silicon, which increases its electrical resistance.

But caution is required. Too much silicon lowers the cold formability of electrical steel. The skill of manufacturers lies both in selecting the appropriate amount of the alloying agent and in special production technology.

"At voestalpine, our many years of expertise have resulted in our isovac® electrical steel having the best properties for electromobility. isovac® is highly permeable, offers excellent stamping properties, and exhibits minimal magnetization losses."
Christian Schreiner, Sales Manager Electrical Industry, voestalpine Stahl GmbH

Backlack finishing

The surface of electrical steel is also very special. Individual layers are stacked to produce packages and must be electrically isolated from each other. After the last metallurgical treatment, the strip is coated with a micrometer thin layer of varnish.

In order to manufacture electrical steel packages efficiently, this layer can consist of a backlack that insulates and, after being heated for a short time, fully joins the individual lamination stacks over the entire surface. This eliminates the need for mechanical joining and welding, which can adversely affect the magnetic properties.

With backlack-v®, voestalpine Stahl GmbH has developed a unique product. As Christian Schreiner points out: “isovac® electrical steel coated with our backlack-v® provides great advantages for series production of electric cars. It quickly and cleanly joins the individual laminations and requires a lower temperature and less pressure for curing, effectively shortening production cycles.

More information: http://www.voestalpine.com/isovac


A myriad of electrical steel applications in electric vehicles

A myriad of electrical steel applications in electric vehicles


Visit us at CWIEME 2019 in Berlin! 21-23 May, Hall 2.2, stand D21




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Review of an eventful Formula E weekend in Paris https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/career/employees/review-of-an-eventful-formula-e-weekend-in-paris/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/career/employees/review-of-an-eventful-formula-e-weekend-in-paris/#respond Fri, 03 May 2019 09:10:06 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=93526 The day had finally come, and our Super Fan Tobias Wolfmayr had made it to Paris to see the Formula E race in person. This article describes what he experienced there and what fascinated him the most.


On Friday, 26 April, my partner and I flew to Paris from Vienna. We were accompanied by members of Group Communications and influencers who were responsible for external reporting. After a short stop at the hotel, we went straight to the race track: The special thing about all-electric racing is that the courses wind through the middle of cities and lead past some famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, an attraction that was almost always in plain sight. Many have said that you can compare the Formula E race with a sightseeing trip. 😉 The track itself, also known as the Circuit des Invalides (named for a home built in the 1700s and used as an infirmary for soldiers injured during the war ), I’ve been told is one of the shortest tracks (1.9 km) of the entire Formula E season.

Behind the scenes

Once we arrived at the race track, we were privileged to get some amazing glimpses behind the scenes. After visiting the media center, a meeting point for the journalists (all of whom were raving about the atmosphere in Paris), we were permitted to have a close-up look at the pit lane. Here we met Belgian Formula E driver Stoffel Vandoorne (from the HWA Racelab team), who was nice enough be in some pictures with us and chat with us for a while. When I asked him if he was nervous, he stayed cool and simply said no. He said he was actually looking forward to the race. In light of the ranking, you can imagine that his pulse must have been racing even though he remained so calm.

It’s Race Day!

To start the rest of the day off right, we enjoyed a big breakfast, something the French call petit-déjeuner. Our next activity on the day’s agenda was a visit to the Tour Montparnasse (200 meters high), which we climbed to the top to enjoy a wonderful bird’s-eye view of the city and the race track. This is where we were able to see how the weather would be playing a decisive role during the day. The influencers also enjoyed the views as their SLR cameras clicked away without stopping. ;-)!

We had to hurry back to the race track because time was running short, and there were still many things for us to do. Qualifying began at 11:45 a.m., and Pascal Wehrlein of the Mahindra Racing team posted the best qualifying time, but his excitement was short-lived because he had to start in last position because of a rule violation. The thing that really made us happy was that Max Günther, a driver who had already participated in the presentation of the Gen2 car in Linz, started the race in fifth position.

After qualifying had completed, we made good use of the time until the race to visit the E Village, a special experience with festival character. Various stations in the E Village presented the latest innovations in e-mobility, and visitors were given the opportunity to try the innovations out with simulators. The culinary delights were enjoyed in a place called the Taste Zone.

Afterwards we made our way to the grandstand, where we had a very good view of the race and where we let everyone around us know how excited we were. Formula E celebrated a premiere at this E-Prix: It was the first rainy race in the history of the racing series that began in 2014. According to the experts, this was the most exciting race because of the weather, rain that alternated with sunshine, hail and stormy winds.

As in the previous races of the season (seven winners in seven races), a new winner emerged in the eighth race: Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) of the Netherlands took the podium followed by André Lotterer (DS Techeetah) and Daniel Abt (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) in 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. Stoffel Vandoorne took place 20 out of 22. Hopefully we didn’t distract him too much from his preparations with our photo session. 😉

Exciting racing weekend

This was the first Formula E race that I have ever been able to witness first-hand. It was especially interesting to me to have a glimpse behind the scenes. I had the impression that the drivers were not only competitors on a racetrack but colleagues from the perspective of new technology. I felt like we were driving technology forward together.

Thanks to voestalpine for an opportunity to witness this Formula E race, for the time I was able to spend with the influencers and for the outstanding French cuisine. I enjoyed it all very much!


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Paris: a spectacle in the rain. “Formula E is the hardest thing to drive!” https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/formula-e/paris-a-spectacle-in-the-rain-formula-e-is-the-hardest-thing-to-drive/ https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/en/formula-e/paris-a-spectacle-in-the-rain-formula-e-is-the-hardest-thing-to-drive/#respond Tue, 30 Apr 2019 13:29:09 +0000 https://www.voestalpine.com/blog/?p=93381 Paris is the perfect example of an ideal location for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and voestalpine European Races. The atmosphere in the heart of the city with all its historic buildings, paired with the view of the Eiffel Tower, is both wonderful and exciting. However, the dreadful weather conditions were a new challenge, at times with torrential rain, light hail and a storm.


“No other racing car in the world is harder to drive than a Formula E car in such conditions,” says Andre Lotterer who is currently leading the field in the battle for the voestalpine European Races trophy. Meanwhile the key feature of Formula E continues to be variation: the eighth race of the season brought home the eighth new winner. Each (!) one of these races has been won by a national of a different country. The stories from Paris.

Robin Frijns wins–and goes into the lead

The first win for Dutchman Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is remarkable for several reasons: not only did he win the first (!) official wet race in the history of the E-Prix (53 races to date), he simultaneously took over the lead in the hard fought driver championship rankings. Five races before the end of the season, there are still 145 points up for grabs, and, after trailing in eight races, Frijns now leads with 81 points, ahead of Andre Lotterer (DS TECHEETAH Formula E Team). After the race next weekend, nine drivers could lead the championship rankings mathematically, and all (!) drivers still theoretically have a chance of winning the title. The current leader has roughly half as many points as Jean-Eric Vergne when he led the field during this phase last year. That shows just how many different drivers have achieved top placings, and what an evenly matched championship this is. Plus, with Envision Virgin Racing, it’s a customer team in the championship lead. They are (just) ahead of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, their own manufacturer’s works team. In almost no other race series do private teams roll to the start with such a fair chance of winning.

Andre Lotterer

Andre Lotterer

All you need to know about the winners in Paris

This season 27-year old Robin Frijns is the only driver racing in both Formula E and the DTM. Curiously, in the ABB FIA Formula E he drives for Envision Virgin Racing, the customer team of Audi, while in the DTM, the German Touring Car Masters, he’s a test driver for the Audi works team. Right from his childhood, Frijns has always been regarded as particularly talented, with Toto Wolff seeing in him one of the “best in the world in his age group”. In 2010 he won the European Formula BMW, in 2011 the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocups, and in 2012 the Formula Renault 3.5. He consistently secures points, while at the same time is noted as one of the bravest and most daring drivers on the current scene. So it’s no mistake that it was during the bold race in rain and storm through the narrow Parisian streets that he managed to secure his maiden victory.

Lotterer on the huge challenge of Formula E in the rain

Worldwide, almost no drivers are familiar with as many different series as German competitor Andre Lotterer (37, DS TECHEETAH). He’s the winner of the Le Mans, a WEC World Champion, a superstar in Japan, and a tried-and-test Formula One driver. That makes the statement he issued following the race in the Parisian rain the answer to our question about comparing a rain race in Formula E with one in the Le Mans, Suzuka, or Spa:

"Believe it or not, Formula E is definitely the hardest series to drive, even when it’s dry. When you race in other categories, like in the Le Mans at 350 km/h, it’s still very simple because these cars have grip. Here, however, you’re praying for your life–every time you touch the brakes. It’s a totally challenging sport. I think that’s what makes Formula E truly unpredictable."
Andre Lotterer

There’s always a next race: penalties for three drivers

The next highlight of the voestalpine European Races in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship comes as early as next week when the drivers will race in Monaco on (a part of) the world’s most famous city circuit. But following incidents and penalty points, three drivers will start the race with a handicap, being pushed back three places on the grid:
Edoardo Mortara, for causing a collision with Alex Lynn, Jerome D’Ambrosio, for colliding with Sam Bird, and Nissan e.dams rookie Oliver Rowland, for ending Alexander Sims’ race hopes.

The third of the voestalpine European Races starts in Monaco, on May 11, 2019.

Andre Lotterer

Current Leader of the voestalpine European Races: Andre Lotterer


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