Ferrari has filed a patent software for in-wheel electrical motors. Whereas such know-how is not knew, Ferrari in its patent claims to have a extra simplified design.
The patent software was first noticed by CarBuzz and filed with the USA Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) on Apr. 21, and printed on Nov. 2. In it, Ferrari explains that in-wheel motors unencumber inside area and likewise get rid of the necessity for gearboxes to switch energy from centerline-mounted motors to the wheels.
Nonetheless, Ferrari additionally notes that in-wheel motors can enhance the variety of components wanted in a wheel meeting, which provides price and complexity. The automaker’s resolution is to combine motor and wheel parts as a lot as attainable.
As described within the software, Ferrari’s design is predicated round a brushless everlasting magnet synchronous AC motor. The sort of motor has a stator at its heart, surrounded by a rotor that is spun by magnetic forces. Ferrari proposes making the stator a part of the wheel hub and attaching the rotor to the rim, which might then spin together with the rotor.
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Along with complexity, one other potential subject with in-wheel motors is the added unsprung weight that comes from attaching a motor to the wheel meeting. This will have an effect on journey high quality and dealing with, however Ferrari claims within the software that “an applicable suspension scheme” can mitigate any points.
A number of corporations have experimented with in-wheel motors, together with Lordstown Motors. The Lordstown Endurance pickup truck was briefly manufactured utilizing in-wheel motors licensed from Slovenian agency Elaphe. Nonetheless, Lordstown filed for chapter after just some vehicles had been made.
At CES 2023, McLaren and Elaphe additionally introduced plans to marry the former’s racing tech with the latter’s in-wheel motors. Rumors of an electrical McLaren supercar have been circulating for years, however the firm’s CEO has mentioned the tech for such a automotive will not be prepared till 2030.