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  • Writer's pictureNATALIA SOUSA

Network Tools and Wireless Data logging Support Ford Team in Successful Triple World Record attempt.

Updated: Apr 6, 2022

The UK subsidiary of Intrepid Control Systems supported a successful triple world record attempt involving a Ford Mustang Mach-E driving from John O’Groats to Land’s End. The records awarded to the drivers, Fergal McGrath, Kevin Booker, Paul Clifton and Adam Wood, include the lowest energy consumption, shortest charging time, and fewest charge stops.

The first of the three records were attempted at the beginning of July 2021, successfully breaking the lowest energy consumption record for driving from John O’Groats to Land’s End in an electric car. A second attempt took place just four weeks later, in which the team broke a further two world records.

Throughout both attempts, Intrepid Control Systems provided wireless data logging equipment in the form of their all-in-one vehicle network tool, the neoVI ION, which collected data and uploaded it wirelessly for in-depth analysis and continual inspection by the remote support team.

By analysing the data recorded during the first attempt, the team were able to identify critical moments of the journey in which the EV range could be significantly improved, thus assisting them in securing their second and third records. During the second attempt, the team also utilised Intrepid’s versatile CAN tool, VividCAN, which provided essential information such as energy consumption, EV regeneration and state of charge.

After completing the world record attempts, Intrepid provided a technical report to sufficiently validate all the conditions required by Guinness World Records. Through Intrepid’s cloud-based reporting software, the team demonstrated the entire driven route, the energy flow of the battery, and vehicle charging. It was crucial to record both vehicle-based data and time synchronised video evidence to submit the attempts to the Guinness World Records validation team.

The following three world records attempts were confirmed as successful:

  • Lowest energy consumption driving from John O’Groats to Land’s End in an electric car: recorded at 9,500.796 W.hrs/100km

  • The fewest charge stops from John O’Groats to Land’s End in an electric vehicle: recorded at 1 stop

  • The shortest charging time from John O’Groats to Land’s End in an electric vehicle: recorded at 43 minutes 13 seconds

Fergal McGrath said, “The opportunity occurred to turn a double Guinness World Record into a triple Guinness World Record, but there were only three days in which to plan and execute it. Without Intrepid’s team support, it would not have been possible. Adam slotted in as the third driver in the record attempt car, and he brought tremendous experience regarding data logging and using the VividCAN live display, which was a fantastic asset.”

Kevin Booker said, “Intrepid’s support was invaluable, bringing the team together at such short notice, the data logger and VividCAN provided us with vital information allowing us to get extra data from the car and helping us to maximise getting every bit of range from the Ford Mach-E as possible.”

Adam Wood, Engineering Sales Manager for Intrepid Control Systems, said, “It was an absolute pleasure supporting Fergal, Kevin and Paul in their world record attempts. I am so proud of what we have achieved together as a team and how well our equipment showcased our application.”

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