Wind River selected by Bosch Motorsport to power race cars

Wind River, a provider of embedded software for intelligent connected systems, has been selected by Bosch Motorsport, a part of the automotive component supplier Bosch Group, to power the motorsport race cars.

Bosch Motorsport is using VxWorks for its engine control units (ECUs) for endurance motorsport race cars. The technology will help customers achieve maximum levels of vehicle performance, the company said.

“The speed and complexity of racing demand powerful and highly deterministic automotive devices. For deterministic, real-time performance, VxWorks Bosch Motorsport uses VxWorks,” said Markus Kirschner, group leader for hardware development at Bosch Motorsport.

Wind River not only provided them with a reliable technology, support, and services throughout the entire project but also helped them develop an advanced, high quality product while meeting challenging deadlines, Kirschner said. “In fact, we were able to shorten development time by over 50 percent for our engine control units.”


Reliable, hard real-time performance for ECUs is a mission-critical requirement; without it, racers risk the dangerous outcomes from a failing or out-of-control engine.

Telemetry is also vital to a winning race strategy as it enables teams to interpret massive amounts of data during competitions to help racers reach peak performance. A precursor to the Internet of Things, race telemetry requires significant machine-to-machine connectivity and intelligence.

VxWorks allows telematics-enabled components to manage tasks for data acquisition and communication, and ensure that race engineers properly receive the vast amounts of performance data in real time.

The Wind River automotive portfolio also includes Wind River Platform for Infotainment, Wind River Connectivity Solution Accelerator for iOS device connectivity, Android expertise, Tizen integration services, tools such as Wind River Diab Compiler, and virtualization and hypervisor technologies.

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