URE unveils their latest electric racing car in the DAF Museum
University Racing Eindhoven (URE) of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) unveiled the team’s latest electric racing car in the DAF Museum on Friday 12 May.
This is the 8th electric car developed by URE, which is the largest student team at TU/e. This year the team will take part in the electric student race competition, which will be held in the Netherlands for the first time, as well as in Germany, Austria and Spain.
URE12 electric car
URE12 is the 8th electric car built by the team in recent years. It weighs 190 kg and has a power output of 120 kW (164 bhp). In comparison, a Formula 1 car weights around 700 kg. URE12’s power is delivered by four electric motors in the wheels, a system that was developed by the students themselves. The car’s light weight is due to the optimum use of light materials such as carbon fiber, aluminium and plastics. Thanks to the four-wheel drive and an advanced control system, the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.3 seconds.
The car is optimized for the ‘endurance’ element of the competition, which means it must be able to complete a distance of 22 km at race speed.
The URE team consists of around 50 multidisciplinary TU/e students, with a knowledge of areas including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and software. The team takes part each year in the Formula Student competition, which will be held this year for the first time on the TT Circuit in Assen from 17 to 20 July.
After the event in Assen, the team will take part in the race on the Red Bull Ring in Austria, and will end the year with the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. At this last race the team will come up against its biggest competitor, the team from Delft University of Technology. “It looks like it will be an exciting summer”, says team manager Jesse Koenders.
About the TU/e student teams
Eindhoven University of Technology is an incubator for young engineers taking on societal challenges by combining innovation, technology development and entrepreneurship in student projects. TU/e currently has ten student teams focusing on challenges in the areas of energy, health and mobility. As well as special projects like a solar-powered family car, a car made of bio-composite materials and household drones, other areas being considered include sustainable supply chain processes, the house of the future and new fuels based on formic acid. The student teams are not just special projects, they also lead to start-ups such as the recently launched Amber Mobility, the first self‑driving cars project to be rolled-out in the city of Eindhoven.