Belgian students aim for podium with electric race car
Formula Student is a competition to stimulate students to become top-class hands-on engineers. It was introduced in Europe back in 1998. It tried to meet the demand for young engineers with practical experience in terms of teamwork, design and project planning.
Teams build their electric race car in only 9 months. They can gain points during the races, but also for other achievements. They have to conceive a business plan and present the innovations in their car to an expert jury.
The team developed all of the more than 4.000 parts of the Umicore Eclipse itself. That includes the chassis and the battery pack.
“Our vehicle has 201 horsepower and a weight of only 200 kilograms, achieving 0 to 100 kilometer an hour in 2,6 seconds. That’s faster than the new generation Formula E-cars”, says Jelle Segers from Formula Electric Belgium.
The team is ambitious, but not new to the game. The jury at last year’s event in the Czech capital Prague crowned their car as the most innovative. This year’s car is much improved, with a lighter and cooled battery pack and improved suspension.
A lot of emphases is put on data logging. While the fastest pilot in the team will race the car this year, they want to develop an autonomous race car for next year’s competition.