A racing bond to enhance performance 10 May 2024

In Formula E, adhesives are exposed to extreme loads. For instance, a high performance electric motor with an output of 350kW can propel the 854kg race cars to 100km/h in 2.8 seconds. The current generation can reach top speeds of up to 320km/h, which can put a huge strain on all the parts – that’s why the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team relies on Loctite® products.

Through its Loctite® brand, the company has formed a close partnership with the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team, a collaboration that began in 2021 – when Henkel appplication engineer, Martin Christall, met the team to identify possible points of use where Loctite® could further improve the performance and reliability of the team’s electric race car.

The biggest challenge was that, in Formula E, the chassis, battery, aerodynamics and front suspension are the same for all teams. This means only a certain amount of leeway is possible when it comes to incorporating a team’s own technologies and components, such as the engine, transmission, rear suspension and control systems.

Martin recalls the day the company managed to win the team over with one of its first demonstrations. “The design of the car’s front motor raised some assembly challenges for the team. Loctite 9466 adhesive worked amazingly on the first try. This created trust and was a good basis for our further collaboration project.”

Today, the teams work closely together to get even more out of the cars of the future, with the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team improving season on season, with its best ever placing of 4th in the 2023 season. Their shared goal is to develop even better ways of using Loctite® products, while also testing new solutions that enhance the car’s performance, speed and sustainability. Ensuring mechanical reliability for a host of key applications, from suspension bearings, gearbox housing parts, powertrain bolts to steering wheel components, Loctite® products can be used in a host of areas.  

Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 743 889

Having spent a decade in the fastener industry experiencing every facet – from steel mills, fastener manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, as well as machinery builders and plating + coating companies, Claire has developed an in-depth knowledge of all things fasteners.

Alongside visiting numerous companies, exhibitions and conferences around the world, Claire has also interviewed high profile figures – focusing on key topics impacting the sector and making sure readers stay up to date with the latest developments within the industry.