The category recently published a tender document for an “electronics and electronics management system”, one of the requirements being a gas-based push-pull system.
The document reads: “Various transmission methods are being reviewed, but at a minimum, the transmission system must be provided by transmission.
“We will test a throttle valve-based gas supply system. For this, we will need an additional three-axis throttle transfer table, which is activated by the push to pass switch.”
Supercars hopes to select a winning entrant by February 5 and unveil a new 2021 control electronics package.
The contract will then last until 2025, which means that the new package will be transferred to the era of Gen3.
The tender document also mentions hybrid capabilities, which is in line with Gen3̵
Supercars are expected to implement a hybrid feature once the new rules are introduced, with the power recovery system going through one of the options under consideration.
However, according to the document, there will be no hybrid technology for the introduction of Gen3.
“Hybrid integration is being considered for [Gen3] project “, the document says.
“This is not expected to be used in early 2022. Please provide information on the integration of the ECU with batteries, battery management systems (BMS), motor controllers and high voltage switchgear (PDU).”
Another significant change mentioned in the document is the paddle switch, something that has divided the opinion in the Supercars paddock for some time.
The category currently uses sequential stick replacement.
The successful bidder will be required to provide a full steering wheel “with a switching lever switching mechanism, including a CAN switching system, switches and a display with built-in switching lights.”