Formula Group T is a project run by Belgian masterstudents in engineering from GROUP T who design and build small electric vehicles and compete with other universities worldwide in the Formula Student competitions during the summer. Areion was their first car and was built in 2011-2012, Eve is their second car and finished its summer of Formula Student in 2013. The team is currently working on their 3rd car, June
Combining the necessary with amusement is the best and most fun way to work. So there was no better solution to search for new motivated students to join our team, than watching a movie together. Afterwards, there was an excellent opportunity for them to talk with the team members to get a broader look of the Formula Group T project. We didn’t let the moment pass without trying to convince them of our project. We hope to see them soon and maybe, we may welcome them to join our team and let them enjoy this fantastic experience.
We would like to thank Salomon’s Metalen for providing us with some high quality aluminum. What a great service! After placing the order, our materials were delivered within twenty-four hours. Thanks to this fast service, we were able to immediately start the fabrication of the housing of our steering system. (www.salomons-metalen.nl)
Loctite invited us to their training facilities in Bornem to give us a training session about all the different glues and their applications. This allows us to connect and secure different components of our car securely! After some theoretical explanation, we could experience the real strength of their glues. Thanks Loctite for this interesting session! www.loctite.be
The 20th of February, for a lot of people this day was highlighted weeks in advance. More than 120 people were present to catch the very first glimpse of the design of our new car, June. We offered three organisations and companies the opportunity to explain their interest for a partnership with Formula Group T. All of them shared the goal to support young competitive engineers in their mission to contribute to sustainable technology.
Last week, we received a very welcome delivery from HP, our new bronze partner provides us with enough computing power to handle to culmination of our designs over the past months. Although we only just installed our software, we are already pushing these top-of-the-line-machines to their limits for Formula Group T. HP will not only make our design and review process more comfortable but also a lot faster. Time in Formula Student is key, be it in a race or in the design process, cutting time required to do hard tasks is always a win. Thank you HP!
Twinplast did an awesome job in manufacturing the first step of our monocoque. The two foam male plugs required to start our manufacturing process where milled on time and accurate, just like last year! Thank you Twinplast for being such a reliable partner!
More and more parts are coming in this week. Tools and dies, a company specialized in fabrication of dies, just delivered our new suspension parts. They look great and above all, they are very light! (www.toolsanddies.be)
The oil seals for the gearbox and wheel hubs have arrived! These compact radial oil seals by Dichtomatik will prevent dust going into the wheel hub bearings and will prevent transmission oil leaking out between the motor shaft and transmission housing. A special thanks to Gerrit Knopert from Dichtomatik for providing them for us and the very fast delivery! (www.dichtomatik.com)
Last friday Acal delivered our DC/DC converters. We will use 2 of them to convert the high voltage from the battery pack into a 24V power supply, which will power all the low voltage parts of the car. The third one will convert the 24V power system into a 12V supply used for the pump from the watercooling circuit in the car. During the coming days we will test these to make sure everything functions as they should. Thanks to these DC/DC converters we can save quite some weight because now we can leave the heavy Low Voltage battery out of the car. Thank you Acal. (www.acal.be)
Although the production of our third car kicked off, we are still presenting both our previous cars at different fairs. Areion is currently present at the Sid-In fair to show new students what KU Leuven campus GROUP T has to offer their students as future Industrial Engineers and to help them make a funded choice for their future in higher education. Areion’s little sister Eve could be found at the booth of Agoria at the MNE fair in Kortijk. A very interesting fair aimed at the manufacturing industry where loads of new techniques are presented which gave our team new inspiration. There were also a few partners of us present at this fair....