For the second year in a row a team from Delft University in the Netherlands has won the imeche’s Formula Student competition
Developed by a team of 60 engineering students, Delfts’ single-seater electric car recently triumphed over 135 other student teams at the world-famous Silverstone circuit.
The competition, which is the largest educational motorsport event of its kind challenges student engineers to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year.
The competition is composed of eight challenges and events with a separate amount of points allocated for each. These include, among others, tests to assess cars’ acceleration, endurance, fuel economy, as well as the design and business case each of the teams has prepared.
Team Delft claimed the prize at Silverstone with a total score of 909.3 out of a total score of 1,000 points.
Germany’s UAS Zwickau claimed second place with 792.5 points, University of Stuttgart came third with 750.8 and the University of Bath was the top UK team, coming fourth with 748.4 points. Oxford Brookes came 6th, after coming second for the design test and the University of Birmingham came 7th.
Commenting on the design of the winning car, Stijn Pennings, Team Leader for Formula Student Team Delft, said:
“All the hard work over the past year has paid off and the whole team has gained invaluable hands-on experience on what is involved in developing a car from start to finish.
“I think the key to our win is the extremely light and agile nature of our car. This year we trimmed the weight of the drivetrain and also had a one-piece monocoque”
Formula Student, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is viewed as an important testing ground for the next generation of world-class engineers.