Top contenders at Hockenheimring
After our success at Silverstone this summer, we were ready for another round of Formula Student, this time the German edition. Formula Student Germany takes place at Hockenheimring, an hour outside Frankfurt. This year a total of 115 teams from all over the world participated, 40 of them electric cars. At Hockenheimring EVs are a separate class, unlike Silverstone where EVs and combustion cars compete side by side.
We spent the two first day at FSG in scrutineering, a technical inspection where the organizers checks that the vehicle is within rules and safety regulations. On Thursday it was time for the static events. Elise and Jørgen gave a good presentation, and we ended up in 12th place in the business presentation event. In the design event we impressed the judges, who sent us straight to the design finals! After another round of presentation and defending and reasoning for our design choices we took a 4th place. In the cost event we took 3rd place!
Friday was here and it was time to get out on the track! We started with acceleration and skid pad. In the acceleration event the goal is to do 75 meters from a standstill as fast as possible, and we ended up on 6th place with a time of 3.942 seconds. On skid pad we placed 18th.
On Saturday we headed out for autocross – a short sprint for around 1 km around a tight track. A nimble car and great driving made for some good lap times (and exited commentators!). We were the 4th best electric car, and 6th best overall!
With solid results the whole week, we were ready for the last event on Sunday. A 22 km endurance event, which accounts for over a third of the final score. Nothing is decided before endurance. Shortly before we were supposed to head out on the track, our low voltage battery stopped working. This battery powers all the electronics in the car, expect the electric motor. We were running out of time, so the only possible solution was to replace the battery last minute. A spare battery was mounted and we were relieved as the car rolled out on the track. Relief turned to dismay as we watched the car slow down to a halt after just a few turns. The new battery had come loose and disconnected. As you are only allowed one attempt on endurance we had to retire.
After a strong performance the whole week, we were naturally disappointed after having to retire in endurance. Nevertheless, we are satisfied with a good overall result. We finished in 9th place, even without points in the endurance event! For many of us this marks the end of a fantastic year in Revolve NTNU. At the same time, our new team has started to plan next year’s car – so stay tuned!
– Revolve NTNU, Team 2014