Teamwork makes the dream work.
Meet our new team, consisting of 52 motivated students from various engineering backgrounds. Together we will keep exploring the limits of our electric and driverless cars!
The management team consists of our Chief Electronics, Chief Driverless, Chief Mechanics and Team Manager respectively. These four gentlemen make sure the team sticks to its busy schedule and keep an oversight of all activities in their departments.
Electronics, the black magic department. This contains all the parts that you can’t see, but are crucial for a great car. All sensors, motors, and safety systems will be designed and maintained by this team. The focus of this year is a new ECU and a new battery pack.
On the driverless side, we will focus on validation of our algorithms, and do further research on data segmentation of Lidar data and dynamic controls using Artificial intelligence.
The vehicle dynamics department consists of four motivated electro-mechanical engineers. We do everything that has something to do with the movement of the vehicle on track. This includes the design and implementation of the hardware such as steering, suspension, pedal box,… As well as the software and simulations regarding the optimization of the suspension setup, torque vectoring, traction control, semi active suspension,… This year we focus on optimizing the suspension setup of our latest car as well as some further research into the latest additions to our suspension such as the inerter, a new torque vectoring algorithm and the active dampers
Head of Vehicle Dynamics
Semi Active Suspension
Composites & Aerodynamics
From the monocoque to the smallest winglet on the car. Everything made out of carbon fibre passes through the composite department. A team of five young engineers will focus on improving and extending the aerodynamics of the car whilst keeping an eye on the R&D of next year’s car. The goal of an aero package is to create downforce so that a higher cornering speed could be achieved. However, effects such as drag need to be minimized. To come up with innovative solutions for these problems, specialized software is used to increase the performance and efficiency of this package.
Head of Composites
Head of Aerodynamics
The drivetrain consists of all the mechanical components that make the vehicle move. This includes gearboxes, electric motors, wheels and cooling systems. This department has been constantly seeking innovative solutions to transfer the power of the four electric motors to the ground through the planetary gearboxes and wheels. These innovations have resulted in the fantastic results of 2019 such as our fifth place in acceleration on FSG. This year they want to achieve even better results with a new wheel design, new battery pack and new integrated cooling system. Using simulations and test data they will keep striving for lighter and more efficient designs.
Head of Powertrain
Dries Van Lommel
Drives & Motors
This year we introduce 22 new part-timers in our team. These part-timers will help us to design, build and race with the newest car in a flexible way.
Anatole De Becker
Nicholas De Bie
Anthony van Bijsterveld
Andy Van Der Vaeren
Emma Van De Wouwer
Research & Development
18 thesis students help us with research in each department. Thanks to them we can evaluate which parts, algorithms, materials,… we will use in our future cars. Research and development is a very important aspect of motorsport, especially in formula student competitions.