SAP teams up with Mercedes-Benz to drive racing technology innovation

SAP and Mercedes-Benz have inked a multiyear agreement for SAP to become the official business performance partner of the Mercedes EQ Formula E electric-powered car team, driving new SAP HANA-based technology innovations in the racing world.

In addition to using SAP HANA to develop technology solutions to assist the racing team to analyse vast quantities of data and to monitor performance, the automaker’s engineers may also make use of features and functions provided by SAP Cloud Platform and SAP Leonardo, including the Internet of Things (IoT), and predictive and machine learning capabilities.

Formula E, a racing class exclusively for electric cars, is in its fifth season this year and attracting both fans and major players in the automotive industry, with Audi, BMW, Renault and Citroën already in the race and Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Nissan planning a fast-follow. The Mercedes EQ Formula E team will debut on the circuit for the 2019-2020 season. EQ, which stands for “electric intelligence,” is derived from the Mercedes-Benz brand values of “emotion” and “intelligence”.

“We look forward to integrating SAP technology innovations in the new Mercedes EQ Formula E race car,” said Bernd Leukert, SAP Executive Board Member, Products and Innovation. “Mercedes-Benz and SAP both aim to create a more sustainable future for our customers, partners, and society with the help of new digital technologies.”

In addition, SAP is planning to embrace electric cars internally. “Sustainable mobility is an important step on our way to carbon neutrality. Therefore, we aim for 20 per cent electric cars in SAP’s car fleet by 2020 and to drive innovative IT solutions connected to e-mobility,” said Leukert.

“We are delighted to announce SAP as the first principal partner of our new Mercedes EQ Formula E team,” said Toto Wolff, head, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. “Although we are still 18 months away from our first race, this new agreement demonstrates the commercial potential of the series and gives us a strong basis from which to begin our next phase of technical and sporting preparations for the Season 6 entry.”

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