Cyber Protection for NIO Formula E Team

NIO Formula E Team has entered into a technology partnership with Acronis, adopting the company’s cyber protection solutions – including backup, disaster recovery, software-defined infrastructure, file sync and share, and anti-ransomware defenses – across the team’s factory and trackside IT.

How Data Drives Formula E

Data is a critical part of the rapidly developing sport of electric racing. Vital data points are collected, processed, and analyzed in real time, helping teams take action and make competitive decisions during the race. Each team transmits this data back to the factory for use in designing and engineering future improvements to the vehicle.

  • Brake-by-wire

    Brake-by-wire, or BBW as it’s called by the engineers, improves driver control and energy regeneration on the rear wheels, but it brings a new level of complexity in terms of managing torque balance when energy is/is not regenerated during a race. Brake cooling ducts are now allowed on the rear wheels.

  • Front wing
    and wheels

    For season 2, there is a front wing and x 2 minimal front wing flaps to balance the extra downforce created at the back. Semi-enclosed front wheels reduce drag and aid the front wing’s effectiveness.

  • Rear wing
    and diffuser

    A huge diffuser generates most of the downforce from under the car. When combined with the minimal rear X-wing, the design creates less drag and less sensitivity when following another car.

  • Battery

    The new battery (RESS) has double the range capacity of the old unit and allows the car to cover the distance of a full 45-minute race, plus an extra lap. Maximum output from the motor is up 50kW to 250 kW. A contributing factor to almost twice the energy density of the RESS is the higher voltage of 900 V maximum.

  • Energy recovery

    Energy recovered from braking is increased to 250kW, while a highly efficient powertrain transfers nearly all of the available energy to the track. Drivers complete the race without the need for any gearshift or clutch.

Once Acronis software is integrated, it will help protect end users from current and future cyber threats, allowing NIO staff to collaborate from anywhere in the world.

NIO Formula E Team
Designers and Engineers
In developing the best Formula E car possible, the team generates massive amounts of data. That information needs to be backed up and protected, whilst remaining easily accessible.
Annual Growth
of Data
In the factory, designing and developing new race car technology creates a whole new stream of data. The amount of data that needs to be managed is constantly expanding – increasing approximately 20 percent each year.

How Acronis Protects NIO Formula E Team

Reliance on data and rapidly growing volumes of data require a cyber protection solution that can handle it all without adding stress to the available resources. For NIO, Acronis safeguards.

  • ServersServers Defends physical and virtual SQL and file servers
  • WorkstationsWorkstations Secures files for the engineering team
  • MailboxesMailboxes Backs up mailboxes and SharePoint accounts
  • StorageStorage Protects hundreds of terabytes, which is expected to expand into several petabytes in the coming years
We are delighted to announce our partner Acronis, a world leader in the field of cyber protection and disaster recovery software. While we are entering into a new technical arena which will open up new mechanisms of data analysis and predictive capability in the often-turbulent world of street racing, the partnership with Acronis extends to the wider NIO business. Hence, this is truly a global partner which we are proud to have alongside us.
Gérry Hughes, Team Principal, NIO Formula E Team.