URE build first four-wheel-drive electric racing car

The students of University Racing Eindhoven (URE) at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) are presenting their eleventh racing car today, Tuesday 1 July. This is their first four-wheel-drive car. A special feature of the car is that the driveline has been developed entirely by the students themselves. Weighing 185 kg, the car accelerates from 0 to 100 in just 2.3 seconds, which makes it faster than any standard Lamborghini or Ferrari. This summer URE will take on teams from around the world in the electric category of the Formula Student competition at Silverstone (UK), Hockenheim (Germany, the Red Bull Ring (Austria) and the Circuit de Catalunya (Spain).

University Racing Eindhoven is a team of around 60 students from TU/e taking part in the international Formula Student competition. The participating teams design and build their own racing cars, which have sizes of between a kart and a Formula 1 car. The cars are judged not only on their acceleration, but also on aspects like their technical design, cost and efficiency, as well as on a 22 km endurance test. This is the eleventh year that URE is taking part in the competition, and the sixth with an electrically powered car.

Team manager and TU/e student Sjoerd Knippenberg is proud of the team’s performance. “I’m very proud that our team have taken such big steps forward in the past year, both in the technology and as a team. We’ve definitely reached a higher level in our presentation to a broad audience, but also with the technical components of the car”, according to Knippenberg.

The first Formula Student competition is getting close. From 28 July to 2 August the team will be at Hockenheim in Germany – the official World Championship. For more news about URE, see http://www.universityracing.nl