17 July 2012
17 July 2012
The 2012 Formula Student UK competitions at the Silverstone race circuit took place between the 11th and 15th July, 2012, and resulted in a victory for the Chalmers Formula Student team from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
According to Oxeon, Formula Student is the world’s largest competition for engineers, and is described 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”
Oxeon explains that TeXtreme has been successfully used in Formula 1 for many years and almost as long as there has been teams in Formula Student. Oxeon has supported the Chalmers Formula student team with TeXtreme carbon reinforcements for many years and are glad to see results of the cooperation.
Jens Kjellerup, member of the Chalmers Formula Student team says “We have used TeXtreme in basically all carbon composite parts on the car. The stiffness surpasses our demands which give an advantage regarding performance. The benefits of TeXtreme is that it is light and strong, our composite parts weighs considerably less compared to if using other carbon materials. During the competition the officials and judges estimated our wing package to 17kg, but they were wrong, it weighs only 10kg, thanks to TeXtreme.”
“Chalmers University’s car is a masterpiece of engineering that makes a worthy winner. As well as being one of the fastest cars, it also performed consistently and impressively in the static events,” Andrew Deakin, Formula Student Vice Chairman, comments.
Oxeon says that four of the top five teams in Formula Student UK 2012 are using TeXtreme as their principal composite reinforcement, leading to notable results. TU Munich won the sprint event, and DUT Racing won the design event, to mention some other good performances from Silverstone.
A selection of teams using TeXtreme in Formula Student 2012 are as follows:
• Chalmers Formula Student - Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden (1th place)
• DUT Racing – Delft University, Netherlands (2nd place)
• TU Munich – Technical University Munich, Germany (4th place)
• Rennteam Stuttgart – University of Stuttgart, Germany (5th place)
In total there are almost 20 Formula Student teams benefitting from TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon reinforcements worldwide.
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