Student team with electric racing car in unofficial World Championship at Hockenheim
University Racing Eindhoven will compete in the Formula Student – the unofficial World Championship for student racing teams – which is being held at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany from 31 July to 4 August. In the electric cars category, they will compete with their URE08 against 39 other teams including DUT from Delft University of Technology. On Saturday 27 July both teams tested their cars at the former Valkenburg Air Base, near Katwijk (Netherlands)
Design, build, race
Formula Student is a design and race competition in which teams of students design and build their own cars. During the championship weekend the teams compete in different disciplines including acceleration, roadholding and a reliability test. The team with the most points on all these aspects is the winner.
The event at Hockenheim is regarded as the unofficial World Championship, with 115 teams from around the world taking part. 40 teams are represented in the electric class, including the URE team from TU/e (Eindhoven University of Technology). Students from URE are among the world top 10 in the design and building of these electric racing cars.
URE08 is a lightweight car with specially developed tires to optimize the roadholding as far as possible. “The car sets a new record for its light weight: this year we’re under 200 kilograms for the first time”, says Bram van de Schoot, URE’s team manager. “Next to that, the roadholding is important for maximum speed. That’s why we’ve designed and developed these special tires.”
URE gained earlier success in the skid pan category – a small circuit marked out by pylons, where it’s all about roadholding and grip. Making things even more challenging, the competition in Germany is held on a wet skid pan. “Despite the wet track surface the car corners very fast and looks really spectacular”, Bram comments.