An electric car from the Netherlands has stormed to victory at Formula Student 2014, one of the world’s largest student motorsport events. 106 teams from 38 countries battled it out in front of various international engineering firms.
After almost 12 months of planning, designing and building, about 3,000 of the world’s best young engineers descended on the home of British motorsport to see who would be crowned Formula Student 2014 champion. After completing several dynamic and static events, Delft University of Technology claimed the overall win with a total of 855.5 points scored.
The University of Stuttgart, from Germany, claimed second place with 836.7 points and their compatriots from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology came third with 828.1 points.
The Dutch students could have set a new trend. They built their own tyres and within the wheels the transmission, motor and brakes were fitted. Two kilogrammes of reduction per wheel was realised, contributing to a stunning 155 kilogrammes of the total car’s weight. It was not the first time they were in the news. The students have won multiple Formula Student events during the past few years and a world acceleration record for electric vehicles was recorded last September (see video).
Despite some running issues during the endurance test, the team had gained enough points to stay ahead of the competition.
Alumni of Formula Student, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, now occupy senior positions at nearly every Formula One team. This year’s event was attended by competition ambassadors Paddy Lowe, Executive Director of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1, Caterham’s Technical Director Mike Gascoyne, Willem Toet, Head of Aerodynamics at Sauber F1, and BBC science presenter Dallas Campbell.
Richard Folkson, Formula Student Chief Judge and President-elect of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “This year’s competition was absolutely fantastic, and the quality of engineering on show has never been higher. TU Delft were deserving winners – they built a tremendous vehicle which contained various innovative technologies that we’d never seen before in Formula Student.”
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The next major Formula Student event will take place from July 29 until August 3 at the German circuit Hockenheim.
Photos by Gilles Gardner