Formula Student is a student engineering competition that is held each year in the UK. Students from all over the world design, build, test, and race small-scale formula-style racing cars in teams. The cars are then judged to determine the winners.
Business Insider reports that students at the Technical University of Berlin received battery cells from Tesla, which gave their racing car an 8.3 kWh power storage unit. They won the cells in another competition held by Tesla, which asked students to design their own battery concept based on Tesla’s round cells. FaSTTUBE won the challenge and Tesla provided the team with battery cells for their competition vehicle.
The team picked up their prize at Gigafactory Berlin and the article noted that the donations were made by LG Chem. TU Berlin has been competing in Formula Student since 2005, and this year the team had to pick either a combustion engine or a fully electric drive for their racing cars.
The article noted that a separate class for hybrid vehicles has now been created and that the future field of autonomous driving is a part of the competition. In the autonomous driving category, the vehicles’ sensors and control systems have to prove their reliability. Another thing the jury evaluates is the engineering performance in the development and manufacturing of the car, with efficiency playing a key role.
The Berlin students chose a 100% electric drive and the competition will be taking place this summer. The fully electric race car needs to be completely competitive by the summer, and the events will take place in July and August across over half of Europe this year. The home game will take place at the Hockenheimring.
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