Transportation & MobilityFebruary 24, 2023

Electric powertrains designed to break records

Operating at the cutting edge of the motor industry, electric powertrain developer Helix uses the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to achieve a finely tuned design and engineering process.
Avatar Rebecca Lambert

What do the Triumph TE-1 motorcycle, Lotus Evija hypercar and NIO 333 Formula-E racing car all have in common? Well, they all happen to be some of the world’s most powerful electric vehicles, driven by cutting-edge motor and inverter technology from Helix.

The UK electric powertrain engineering and manufacturing specialist has built an enviable reputation for its high-performance electric drive systems. Indeed, Helix’s products are widely recognized for delivering the highest power density, or power to volume ratio, you can find on the market today. Take the Scalable Integrated Modular Inverter (SIMI) technology used in the Triumph TE-1 motorcycle. It delivers an impressive 130kW (177PS/175bhp) of peak power that allows the bike to reach 0-60mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.6 seconds and travel 161 kilometers on a single charge.

As a full-service supplier of premium electric powertrains, Helix delivers everything from off-the-shelf electric motors and inverters to tailored engineering and technology packages like the ones used by Triumph, the NIO 333 Formula-E team and Lotus. Its success relies on its ability to innovate at speed, which is why the company continuously refines its own processes and systems, and made the decision to switch to a centralized collaborative, model-based, multidisciplinary environment for product lifecycle management (PLM) – the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

“Accelerating our engineering pace allows us to create better products that reach the marketplace faster,” said Alan Cherrington, chief operating officer at Helix. “The 3DEXPERIENCE platform brings all parts of the company together and lets us do things much more quickly in a refined way.”

Helix’s technology roadmap involves digitalizing its engineering management processes and the company is working closely with its technology partner TECHNIA to configure the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to suit its specific needs. Today, all roles involved in the product definition process work within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, using everything from CATIA for design, SIMULIA for unified modelling and simulation, and ENOVIA for change management.  

Read the full story to discover what it takes for Helix to develop record-breaking electric powertrains and how technology like the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is integral to the company’s ongoing success as it strives to engineer a better world.

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