Formula Group T is a project run by Belgian masterstudents in engineering from GROUP T who designed and built a small electric vehicle and compete with other universities worldwide in the Formula Student competitions during the summer. Areion was built last year and students are now developing the runner up, Eve.
Dropbox is now supporting Formula Group T with additional storage space to share files and documents within our team. Dropbox is an easy and free service that lets you bring your photos, documents, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Thanks to the 25 GB extra space, the team can now share more and bigger documents than before. This gives us an advantage in the collaboration in our team.
‘Tiense om te zien’ is a street event which was held today in the Tiensestraat in Leuven. A lot of activities were organized like a flea market, street theatre and a performance of the vrt bigband.
Areion was one of the star attractions of this event. We were proud to present our car next to the other initiatives of Group T, the ‘Solarcar’ and the ‘Toysfactory’. Many visitors came by to have a closer look and ask us some questions about the used technologies. To have an idea of Areion’s speed, some movies were shown of the Formula Student race in Hockenheim. People were impressed by the performance of the electric race car...
After a very short but intensive week the suspension of Areion had to be fixed. This was needed because on September 25th and 26th Areion could be seen on the TCT Live 2012 fair in Birmingham.
This fair combines 6 different exhibitions, all relating to 3D-printing. Thanks to Materialise Areion was the eye-catcher of the fair concerning the latest technologies of additive manufacturing.
With Areion the visitors could witness that 3D manufacturing can be used for more than medical applications, prototypes and creating good looking action figures. They were impressed that we created a 3D-printed body shell that...
Our last Formula Student competition took place in Italy. Just like in Germany the scruteneering passed without any problems. Because of the good preparation Formula Group T was the second team to complete its scruteneering.
The second day was reserved for the static events. At noon there was the design event. The judges were impressed by the specifications of the car and our key-technologies. Just like in Silverstone and Hockenheim they were amazed by the possibilities of additive manufacturing.
The day ended with the business presentation. With our solid plan we tried to convince the jury to invest in our...
After a good night sleep, the real competition began. As usual, the first day was reserved for scrutineering. Because it was already our third time the team worked very structured, so this was not a big problem. We were the second team that finished all the different parts of the inspection. So all went well! At noon the event was officially opened with a ceremony. Here the awards were presented. For example Lamborgini will give a price to the team with the best car design. During the day we also helped some other teams with our equipment.
For the first time Formula Group T used a truck to go to the Formula Student competition in Italy. We knew that it would be a long trip, but we did not expect that it would last 24 hours. The truck had some trouble passing the border in Swiss. It took us 6 hours to get the right documents approved at the Swiss border. After going to three different border stops, they finally did.
Because the other van had to pick up the last team member in Milan they won six hours with respect to the truck. The team decided to plan a small visit to the centre of Milan. After visiting the impressive Duomo of Milan, the luxury shopping area...
Last week we received the first part for the new car, a resettable crash sensor from Sensata. With this sensor we can make sure the car will be safe, and not under high voltage, after a crash. The sensor ensures that when this happens, the switches of the battery pack will open and the high voltage will be switched off. Last year it did his job perfectly: it did not switched off because we never crashed. Let's hope that this year it will do the same.
Thanks to Randstad, one of our partners, we had the unique opportunity to visit the Williams Formula 1 team during the Belgian GP last thursday.
After a warm welcome by the people of Randstad and the Williams F1 team, there was the opportunity to ask questions to the head engineer of the team. It was nice to hear that he knew the Formula Student Competition and even participated in his student years. Also one of the pilots, Pastor Maldonado, came by to have a chat with the team.
Hereafter we had a detailed tour behind the scenes in the pitbox and pitlane. It was very special to see the teams prepare for the...
On Sunday, 26th of August, Areion was one of the eyecatchers on Leuven Autovrij. This event promotes the use of environmentally friendly vehicles. Because of the rain, there weren’t a lot of people in the morning. But when the sun begun to shine in the afternoon, Areion became the showcase on the Layensplein in Leuven.
We informed the spectators of the many innovative techniques that are already present and inspired a lot of kids for engineering.
Watching Areion perform in the dynamic events was a great pleasure for the whole team. Today on the last day we needed to compete in the endurance event against the best electric Formula Student cars of the world. With yesterday’s performance in the autocross event we managed a 14th place. Due to this we could start the endurance event in 18th place.
Wouter Peeters drove the first 9 laps, afterwards Gil Jans continued with the other 9 laps. Because the efficiency of the car is taken into account for the endurance event, we were continuously checking our battery status and adapting our race strategy. We don’t know yet which...