21 August 2012
21 August 2012
The 2012 Formula Student Germany competitions at the Hockenheim race circuit took place between the 1st and 5th of August and resulted in double victories for TeXtreme sponsored teams.
According to Oxeon, Rennteam Stuttgart from University of Stuttgart won the overall in Formula Student Combustion and DUT Racing from Delft University won the overall in Formula Student Electric.
Oxeon explains that TeXtreme has been successfully used in Formula 1 for many years and for almost as long teams in Formula Student have been using TeXtreme Spread Tow Fabrics to save weight and improve mechanical performance. Jonas D'haen, Chief Chassis 2011-2012 of DUT Racing says “With TeXtreme we were able to achieve a higher fibre to volume ratio resulting in a lighter chassis.”
Formula Student is the world’s largest competition for engineers, and is described on its website as “The competition challenges student engineers to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year. The cars are then judged on their speed, acceleration, handling and endurance in a series of time-trial races, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.”
“We see Formula Student as an important breeding ground for future innovations and we believe it is important to let young engineers learn about new materials and technologies within composites in order for the industry to continue to develop. We are proud to see the teams make good use of TeXtreme and achieve results, both in weight savings and winning competitions.” says Henrik Blycker, CEO of Oxeon.
Oxeon says that the top three teams in the combustion competition are using TeXtreme. Another strong performance from TU Fast from Technical University of Munich that finished 2nd following up their 4th place at Formula Student UK competitions at Silverstone and also winning the acceleration event. Silverstone winners Chalmers Formula Student from Chalmers University of Technology followed up with a respectable 3rd place.
It says three teams among the top five in the electric competition are using TeXtreme. Rennteam Stuttgart finishing 3rd, completing their win in Combustion nicely. KIT Racing from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology got an honourable 5th place as well as winning FSC Most Effective Use of Electronics Award. DUT Racing proved to be the strongest in the electric competition and besides the overall victory they also won the engineering design and acceleration events.
Oxeon says the following selection of teams used TeXtreme in Formula Student 2012:
In total there are almost 20 Formula Student teams using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon reinforcements worldwide.
Tecniplas is highlighting its composite equipment for the sugar and alcohol industries at the Fenasucro Trade Fair in Sertãozinho, Brazil, on 21-24 August.
The outstanding lightweight construction opportunities and potential for incorporating smart components of composite materials make them increasingly attractive for machinery manufacturers, reports the Composites Europe trade show.