LANXESS is sponsoring the eMotorsports Cologne team from TH Köln University of Applied Sciences, Germany, which is taking part in the Formula Student design competition.
“Autonomous driving, e-mobility and new infrastructure concepts are changing the automotive landscape – and with it the plastics industry,” explains Jan Bender, Head of Marketing for EMEA in the LANXESS High Performance Materials (HPM) Business Unit. “By 2025, around 80% of all vehicles produced worldwide will have alternative drives.”
Since 2009, the team of 35 students from eMotorsports Cologne has been designing electrically powered racing cars.
“We want to be a pioneer, promote innovation, and shape the future of e-mobility,” says Alexander Lerch, Team Leader of eMotorsports Cologne. “Our cars combine the latest engineering insights and cutting-edge technology to change the world of motorsport – and we’ve been doing it for nine years now.”
LANXESS’ high performance plastics offer lightweight solutions for electric vehicles.
“We develop high performance plastics for lightweight applications for every area of the automobile,” Bender explains. “In addition to body elements, plastics are replacing traditional steel structures in the chassis and drive system.”
The principle is comparable to that of the human skeleton, whereby the fibres in the composite materials provide the necessary stability to the plastics under stress. This makes it possible to produce plastic components in areas where the material was previously considered unsuitable. Even highly stressed brake pedals can now be made from glass fibre reinforced plastic. This design reduces the weight of the brake pedal by more than 40%, LANXESS reports
“The spirit, commitment and passion to realise innovative electrical concepts impressed the team here at HPM and inspired us to support the young racing team at TH Köln as a premium sponsor,” explains Bender. “Electric racing cars must be extremely light to achieve the necessary range. With our experience, we feel we can certainly contribute in this regard.”
Formula Student Germany (FSG) is an international design competition for students that has been held annually since 2006 under the patronage of The Association of German Engineers. Every year, students from all over the world meet for five days at the Hockenheimring to test their self-constructed racing cars against each other in a Formula 1 atmosphere. The event also provides them with an opportunity to showcase their work to experts from the industry. The aim is to construct and manufacture a single-seat formula racing car and compete and win against teams from all over the world. At Formula Student, however, it isn’t the fastest car that wins, but the team with the best overall blend of design, race performance, financial planning and sales arguments.
Image provided by LANXESS / Frank Rossbach
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