Formula Group T is a project run by Belgian masterstudents in engineering from KULeuven (GROUP T & Thomas More) 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 raced this summer with their 3rd car, June and have already started designing their new car since the beginning of september.
Today, Belgium was next in line for the NI days. We couldn’t miss this moment to support one of our gold sponsors, National Instruments, with a real life example that shows the capabilities of their products for the control of our car, June.
It was an opportunity for both of us to meet all partners and talk to them about how we used their components. We even had the chance to follow their seminars about the use of LabVIEW to improve the programming for our future car.
A well-organized day and hopefully we will see you all next year on the NI days!
What would our car be without a good set of tires? During testing we burn a lot of rubber. Thanks to Dupont tire central Formula Group T is able to keep testing. Dupont changes our tires in a minimum amount of time and with tremendous amount of care not to damage our fragile rims. We would like to thank them again for their continuous support and great assistance. www.bandendupont.be
Last week we were invited at one of the Tuesdays organized by the Tesla Club Belgium. Of course we took this chance to promote our project, car and partners. Many people came to Brussels to share one passion, electrical driving. We did not only expose June, we also gave a short presentation about who we are and what we do. The electrical driving community is growing but there is still a long way to go. Although we, Formula Group T members and future engineers, will be part of it for sure!
Yesterday we took part in the Formula Student Workshop at Continental in Hannover. We were invited especially because we won the FSG Media Award 2014. This award goes to the team who made the best video compilation of the competition in Germany. Our video result can be seen at http://youtu.be/XW1urlOCpHs .
The workshop is organised by the Formula Student Academy and 300 students joined this event.
During the day we attended several interesting seminars. Judges were giving tips and advice about the scrutineering, design and cost events.
People from different automotive industries gave some detailed...
Yesterday we organized a get together with our partners who cooperated on June. We would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters to making June possible. We are looking forward to future coorperation on promoting innovative products and electromobility for the future!
A big thank you to Roelof Pantjes from www.GLAMOURNET.net for the photos and to all the attendees! Photos of the event can be found here:
From the 7th till the 9th of October, seven members of our team participated in the Altair HyperWorks training at the RWTH Aachen University. Many thanks to Altair for inviting us and for letting us improve our FEM simulation and optimization skills. The Altair software will come in handy when developing several parts for our 2015 Formula Student racecar. The software will be used when designing the monocoque, the impact attenuator, the wheel hubs and many other parts. The optimization of all these components will results in a lighter and thus faster car. We cannot wait to start simulating and are very busy designing June's successor.
Running complex simulations and rendering 3D models of our car is exhaustive for our computers. This is only possible with the strong performance of our new HP workstations and HP laptops, thanks for you support HP !
Same as last year, our Crash sensor won the race for the first component of the new car! Congratulations! Thanks to this sensor, our new car is again provided with one of its key points: safety. Thank you Sensata Technologies for the nice collaboration we have every year again!
Formula Group T is back from Spain, after a summer full of action and competition, it is time to start designing the new car. But the age of June is not over yet, June will be seen at many events in the coming years and the first event is the E-Cross Germany at Circuit Zolder next Sunday (09/14/2014). Formula Group T will give a demonstration with June and everyone is welcome to this event where many electric vehicles will be present. More information can be found at (http://ecross-germany.de/)
After a wonderful year it's now time to close the chapter of June. When we look back we can only conclude it was a year full of ups and downs where we gained a lot of experience. Now we can pas this experience to the next generation of team members, who will accept the challenge to build an even better car then this year.
The new team is now in full progress to develop the design of our new car. We can already say that we will be using an carbon fiber monocoque again which will be fully optimized to become more lighter. More on this will follow the next months, we will keep you posted.