Formula Student Netherlands

Sunday:
The day has finally come, the Umicore Eclipse was ready to leave for its first competition in the Netherlands. After only a short night, the team was ready at dawn for the trip from Commscope to the TT circuit in Assen. We were given the special opportunity to participate in the accumulator and electrical scruteneering on Sunday already. Unfortunately some small issues occurred and we weren’t able to fix them before scruteneering closes. We would have to wait until Monday to continue scruteneering. In the meantime the recruits were setting up the campsite and the other team members installed the pit box. At 10h30 pm the pitlane closed, time for the team to rest after a long day. The next day will start wilt the cost- and design event.  

Monday:
On the first day, the static events took place. Early in the morning we started with the cost & manufacturing event. Right after we continued with the engineering design event. After the firts two static events we rushed back to our pit box to prepare the car for accumulator inspection. The boys returned with good news, we had earned our first scruteneering sticker. Now we could move on to electrical scruteneering. However the team encountered a few setbacks. After nice engineering- and teamwork, we were able to pass the electrical scruteneering for 95%. In the meantime, Louisa and Natan defended our business plan to the jury. With all static events completed, the team could fully focus on getting the car ready-to-race!

Tuesday:
The problems in the electronics department were harder to fix than initially thought. After a few nightly hours of soldering work on the camp site, Formula Electric Belgium was first in line for the electrical scruteneering. The rest of the team enjoyed a nice breakfast that we won at the Brunel stand. The recruits got to know how Formula Student works, were spectators during the static events and talked to the other teams. To be sure that everything was okay this time, we did a full check-up of the car and hustled back to catch the final scruteneering session of the day. The hard work of today was rewarded. We returned to the campsite with a big smile and a new scruteneering sticker on Eclipse!

Wednesday:
With all electronics declared safe, we could move on to the next hurdle, mechanical scruteneering. After a quick check in the pit box, we moved on the already very long queue at the mechanical scruteneering tent. If it weren’t for a few millimeters extra on the rear wing, we would have passed this stage from the first try. Back to pitbox, it was. The race against the clock now started.  The long waiting line at the mechanical scruteneering tent remained but the team kept a high spirit. The results of the static events were in and we scored quite well on these. With a 4th place for design and a 5th place for cost & manufacturing, we barely missed the podium. Also with a 10th place for our business plan, we were more than happy. After a second attempt at the mechanical inspection, we passed through to the egress test. During this test, the driver has to prove he can leave the car within 5 seconds in case of an emergency. After passing this test with flying colours (see video below), the Umicore Eclipse was put on scales. With a weight of only 198,5kg, we’ve beaten our personal record. Now it was time for the tilt test. The car was tilted to an angle of 60° to ensure the stability of the vehicle. The four wheels of Eclipse remained firmly on the ground and we got permission to perform the rain test. A soaking shower of 2 minutes must prove our vehicle is waterproof. At the end of this long day, the Umicore Eclipse flaunted with 3 new stickers on its nose.

Thursday:
The Umicore Eclipse only needed to pass one more test before she was ready to go on track. A brake test must show that the car is able to come to a standstill even if all electrical systems are shut off. Again a first time pass for the Umicore Eclipse. With the collection of 6 scruteneering stickers, we could finally show Eclispe’s capabilities on the track. Finally the team could enjoy some well earned rest after an exhausting week while we enjoyed the endurance races. After the reward ceremony, we returned to Belgium. Despite the delays during scruteneering, it was a very enlightening week. With all the knowledge and feedback we got during our stay in the Netherlands, we are ready to shine on the next competition in Italy!

Roll Out

Op woensdag 29 mei stelde Formula Electric Belgium haar nieuwste elektrische racewagen voor, de Umicore Eclipse. Het studententeam van de KU Leuven en hogeschool Thomas More heeft deze wagen in de loop van het academiejaar volledig zelf ontworpen én gebouwd. De racewagen is een sterk staaltje van innovatieve technologie en trekt op tot 100km/u in amper 2,6 seconden, sneller dan de nieuwste generatie Formule E-wagens.
Sinds september zijn de studenten van Formula Electric Belgium druk in de weer met het ontwerp en de bouw van hun jongste elektrische racewagen. Van het chassis tot het batterijpakket: de studenten ontwierpen de meer dan 4000 onderdelen volledig zelf. Dit indrukwekkende ingenieurs- en productiewerk resulteert in de Umicore Eclipse, een bolide van slechts 200 kilogram. Het voertuig, met een vermogen van 201 pk, heeft een  opsnelheid van 117 km/u en trekt op van 0 tot 100 in een duizelingwekkende 2,6 seconden. Tijdens de zomer nemen de Belgische studenten het in verschillende Formula Student competities op tegen een 250-tal andere teams van over de hele wereld.

Wereldtop
“De ambitie van het team ligt zeer hoog dit jaar”, zegt team captain Willem T’Hooft, student industrieel ingenieur. “Vorig jaar bekroonde de jury in Tsjechië onze wagen als meest innovatief. Deze podiumplaats bewijst dat we tot de wereldtop behoren. Met de Umicore Eclipse hopen we deze prestatie zelfs te verbeteren en in meerdere disciplines een podiumplaats te bemachtigen. Daarom hebben we dit jaar volop ingezet op performantie en betrouwbaarheid.” De studenten zullen de Belgische driekleur verdedigen op competities in Nederland, Italië en Tsjechië.

Verrijkende ervaring
Tijdens deze wedstrijden zal niet enkel gekeken worden naar de snelheid van de wagen. Ook naast het circuit vallen punten te rapen. Zo zullen de studenten onder andere een business case uitwerken en de innovatie in hun wagen moeten aantonen voor een jury van experts. “Dit alles maakt het project enorm verrijkend. We trainen niet enkel onze technische vaardigheden, maar we leren werken in een interdisciplinair team en maken een ontwikkelingsproces van A tot Z mee. Dat dingen kan je niet leren op de schoolbanken”, zegt Willem. Om hun project te kunnen realiseren werken de studenten samen met een netwerk van meer dan
130 bedrijven, innovatiecentra en non-profit organisaties. Verenigd onder het motto ‘Green Innovation meets Performance’ willen ze allen hun steentje bijdragen aan duurzamere mobiliteit.

Digital Roll-out

Formula Electric Belgium onthult digitaal ontwerp van vijfde elektrische racewagen

Formula Electric Belgium, een 21-koppig studententeam van de KU Leuven en de Thomas More- hogeschool, stelt het digitale ontwerp van haar elektrische racewagen voor aan het grote publiek. De Umicore Eclipse is reeds de vijfde wagen die het team ontwikkelt.

Sinds september zijn de 21 ingenieurs- en technische bachelorstudenten van de KU Leuven en de Thomas More-hogeschool druk in de weer met het ontwerp van hun nieuwste racewagen, de Umicore Eclipse. De komende maanden zullen de studenten zich focussen op de realisatie van dit ontwerp. Volgende zomer nemen ze het namelijk op tegen honderden universiteitsteams van over de hele wereld in de verschillende Formula Student competities.
De ambities van het team liggen zeer hoog dit jaar. Nadat hun vorige wagen, de Umicore Pulse, vorig jaar een eerste plaats wist te bemachtigen met zijn innovatief ontwerp, wil het team deze prestatie verbeteren door in te zetten op performantie.

‘Met de testdata die we vorig jaar met de Umicore Pulse hebben verzameld, weten we perfect op welke vlakken er nog verbetering mogelijk is. Zo zal de Umicore Eclipse een geoptimaliseerd batterijpakket hebben, gebruik maken van unidirectionele koolstofvezel en zijn er aanpassingen aan de ophanging gemaakt. Al deze dingen zullen bijdragen tot een nog lager gewicht ’, zegt team captain Willem T’Hooft.

The new team

After a thrilling summer during the competitions, it is time for the new team to prove themselves. This new team will exist of 21 core teammembers who will be assisted by 9 thesis students. This year Willem T’Hooft will be in charge as new team captain. To ensure the smooth co-operation within the team he will be accompanied by Brent Ooms (Chief Engineer), William Wauters (Head of Chassis), Victor Nuttens (Head of Powertrain), Yentl Frickx (Head of Electronics), Jordi Van de Velde (Head of R&D), Joppe Weustenraad (Head of Marketing), Hendrik Vandeput (Head of Operations) and Michiel Van den Brandt (Head of Support).

Formula Student Czech Republic

Before the Umicore Pulse was allowed to prove itself on the track, it had to withstand a comprehensive technical inspection, the scrutineering. The feedback we got in the Netherlands was processed very well, leading to the Umicore Pulse being the first electrical vehicle to pass this scrutineering.

On the second day of the competition the static events took place. In these tests the team shows its engineering skills, professionalism and entrepreneurship. The highlight of these events was earning the first place in the engineering design event.

Also in the dynamic events the Umicore Pulse showed its worth by setting the third best time in the acceleration event! We also barely missed the podium on the skid pad event on which we ended up in fourth place.

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