Integral Powertrain Ltd (IP) was founded in 1998 by its four current directors John, Luke, Darren and Roger, who had previously worked for a number of years at Cosworth’s road engine business.
Over the first 10 years the business built a strong reputation and a prestigious client base of OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers across a wide range of automotive and aerospace sectors. The key work streams in this period were delivering high quality I/C engines and controls in addition to advanced CAE processes customised to client requirements.
One of these, a supercharging and mild hybrid system intended for high-volume production called SuperGen, required development of a pair of exceptionally compact permanent magnet motors with integrated inverters and was the initial focus for development of advanced electric drive technology within the company.
In 2001 the CAE process business was consolidated into a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) services provider Intrinsys, and following its acquisition of a competitor in 2014, this has grown into Dassault Systems’ largest business partner operating in Northern Europe and Southern Africa. In 2017 Intrinsys was sold to the Addnode Group and became an integral part of the worldwide Technia Group.
In response to anticipated growth in electric propulsion, a dynamic e-Drive Systems group was formed in 2008 and in 2009 the company was awarded the business to design and manufacture a 130kW motor for a prestigious hybrid supercar. The production run of 550 units was successfully completed in 2015.
In 2013 the company was commissioned to design and manufacture a series of premium machines with global leadership in speed and power density. At the other end of the spectrum it developed a range of low-voltage interior permanent magnet (IPM) machines with integrated inverters suitable for high-volume manufacture.
Further electric drive business followed rapidly and this product-focused part of the business has now been re-branded as “Integral e-Drive” providing high performance drives precisely configured to clients requirements.
Meanwhile the addition of electrical, electronic and software skills to core powertrain capability has substantially broadened the consultancy arm of the business. As a hub of operations, these core competencies combine with a mature supply base and manufacturing capability to provide the ideal environment for turning clients’ ideas into reality.
In 2018, Integral Powertrain’s e-Drive division supplied the electric motors and inverters that powered the Volkswagen Motorsport I.D. R race car to outright victory and a new electric vehicle and outright record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, USA; laying down a time of 7:57.148 and shattering Sebastian Loeb’s previous record of 8:13.878. A few weeks later the VW I.D. R broke the current Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb record by 3.48 seconds in a blistering 43.86 seconds. This success resulted in Integral Powertrain being awarded the following awards:
- 2018 Dewar Trophy – Presented by the Royal Automobile Club.
- 2018 Motorsport Technology of the Year Award – Presented by Professional Motorsport World.
- 2018 Race Powertrain of the Year Award – Presented by RaceTech Magazine (World Motorsport Symposium).
- 2018 Technology and Innovation Award – Presented by the Motorsport Industry Association.
- 2018 Alternative Power Race Engine of the Year – Presented by Race Engine Technology Magazine.
- 2018 Milton Keynes Technology of the Year – Presented by MKBAA
- 2018 Milton Keynes Business of the Year – Presented by MKBAA
More recently, the company has focussed on bringing world leading performance and efficiency to a broader range of clients with a number of production launches in 2020 and 2021. Meanwhile, through an ambitious R&D programme, it continues to invest in new technology to meet tomorrow’s requirements; the core offering of innovation combined with engineering expertise and the drive to succeed continues.