How do you develop, design and build an economical racing car that also impresses on the racetrack? To find out, students from different universities and colleges compete against each other every year in the Formula Student. The teams present their vehicles in the combustion engine, electric motor and autonomous driving competition classes. In "Emma", the new electric and autonomous racing car of the CURE Mannheim team of the DHBW Mannheim (Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University), components from Röchling Industrial were riding along for the first time.
Lightweight vehicle with high stiffness
The almost three-meter-long formula racing car weighs around 240 kilograms and reaches a speed of up to 110 kilometers per hour with 136 kW electric motors. To ensure that the car stays safely on the racetrack at these speeds, reinforcements made of Sustavacu® 6 GF in the rear and front wings ensure downforce while driving. “The material is perfect for our application. It has a very high stiffness, is tough and light. The goal is to build a vehicle that is as light as possible with a high level of stiffness,” explains Johannes Schindler, Team Leader Chassis & Composites, CURE Mannheim e.V.
The Formula Student is not just about speed. Aspects such as the engineering design, a business plan or the list of costs and production methods are also evaluated. The teams construct their racing car as a prototype, which is evaluated for production by industry experts. In the CURE Mannheim team, students from various disciplines work in small teams to take care of the powertrain, chassis, aerodynamics, electronics, chassis and driving dynamics of the racing car, as well as the organization and marketing of the team.