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Rennteam Stuttgart claimed victory at the 2013 Formula SAE competitions, held on 8 – 11 May in Michigan, US, using a car built using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics.
The FSAE Michigan is the oldest and biggest Formula Student Competition, where 120 teams from all over the world competed against each other in various disciplines. In the end, Rennteam Stuttgart was able to collect the most points and win the competition.
Henrik Blycker, CEO of Oxeon, said “TeXtreme has been successfully used in Formula 1 for many years and almost as long as teams in Formula Student have been using TeXtreme Spread Tow fabrics to save weight and improve mechanical performance. We are glad to see the TeXtreme supported teams continuously at the top of competitions like this which ultimately shows the contribution of our materials”.
Formula SAE is the world’s largest competition for student engineers as it challenges them to design, build and race a single-seat racing car in one year.
Michael Hufnagel team leaderof Rennteam Stuttgart said, “With an intensive use of CFRP-parts the Rennteam was able to present its car in ready-to-race condition with a weight of 167 kg at the technical inspection, the lightest Rennteam car so far. By using the TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics the Rennteam was able to build very lightweight CFRP parts”.
“The TeXtreme fabric features a spread tow structure which provides the possibility of thinner layers, resulting in a fewer amount of resin needed. Also, the reduced crimp of the fibres leads to a higher strength of the composite. For the upcoming competitions, the new car was built with aerodynamic package consisting of a front wing, rear wing and an under tray with diffusor. With the use of TeXtreme fabrics the Rennteam was able to build their aerodynamic package with a total weight of only 7kg”, Hufnagel said.
Photo courtesy of Oxeon
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