Whether powered by electric motor or combustion engine – speed alone is not what it’s all about in “Formula Student”: Although the teams also race against the clock at Hockenheim, the designers’ competition focuses on the technology the vehicles use and the marketing potential it provides.
Each team is given twelve months to develop their racing car from scratch, including body, engine and electrics. In August, a jury then assesses the vehicles’ quality: The low-power racing cars (90 h.p. or so) need to show how fast they can accelerate, what their cornering performance is like and how much fuel they use in “dynamic disciplines”. In the “steady-state disciplines”, the assessment spotlight is on technical design, production costs and a presentation before a hypothetical client. Nine executive members of staff from IAV were on this year’s adjudicating panel.
Saturday, July 19, 2014, gave numerous participants the opportunity to run test drives at Chemnitz-Jahnsdorf aerodrome. This is where the last tests took place before the grand final.
The teams sponsored by IAV as well as other crews were able to get down to some track testing. Three teams with combustion-engine vehicles (TMM Mittweida, HTW Berlin University and wob-racing from Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences) as well as three “Formula Student Electric" teams (municHMotorsport from Munich University of Applied Sciences, Green Voltage Racing from the Clausthal University of Technology and WHZ Racing Zwickau) used the invitation to IAV’s Race Day to put their prototypes to the test.
IAV and TRE engineers joined the teams in a trial judging event before moving on to the dynamic disciplines of acceleration, skidpad and autocross on the aerodrome’s taxiway.
On the Friday before, team members interested had the chance to take a look at the test bench facilities and component prototyping department at IAV’s Chemnitz operation. On the Saturday, while the driving event was taking place, there was also the chance to get to know the Test Center for E-Motors, Battery Systems and Transmission Components.
Career Springboard for the Engineering Elite
For IAV, this commitment is a key element in fostering the rising generation of young engineering talent. Formula Student entrants are highly motivated, have broad-ranging knowledge, can work together as interdisciplinary teams and demonstrate every year that they can successfully complete a challenging project in just a short space of time. Many of them come to IAV – to do an internship, write a dissertation or thesis or start a career.
Teams sponsored by IAV:
- Berlin University of Technology – FaSTTUBe
- HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences – HTW Motorsport
- Bergakademie Freiberg University of Technology – racetech
- WHZ Zwickau University of Applied Sciences – WHZ Racing Team
- Braunschweig University of Technology – Lions Racing Team
- Ostfalia – Team wob-racing
- University of Hanover – HorsePower Hannover
- Munich University of Applied Sciences – municHMotorsport
- Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg – BTU Motorsport
- University of Stuttgart – GreenTeam Stuttgart
- Clausthal-Zellerfeld University of Technology – Green Voltage Racing
- Dresden University of Technology – Elbflorace
IAV also sponsors a team in the USA: MRacing from the University of Michigan.
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