Quadruple victory for the eb019, Podium in Barcelona for the db019
The Season of 2019 - one as no other before for the TUfast Racing Team.
As TUfast e-technology, the student team of TU München raced to the overall win in the four main Formula Student Competitions of Europe (Hungary, Austria, Germany and Spain). No other team in Formula Student history has done before, we might see TUfast e-technology with it's in total five consecutive overall victories soon on spot one of the Formula Student World Ranking List.
With the autonomous racecar db019 the season with TUfast Driverless needed some more time to get going. After some time intensive mechanical issues in Hungary and Germany, the team accepted the challenge of pleasent 50°C on the asphalt in Spain and raced to the podium with it's db019 - second place overall.
In the following, you can find an detailed overview of the happenings in the 2019 races, told from the Munich point view. Let yourself be thorn into the atmosphere of the Formula Student competitions and maybe take the chance to be live at the races in 2020 to chear on your team.
FORMULA STUDENT EAST
17.07. - 21.07.2019 FS EAST.
Since 2017 the season starter for all well-known teams of Europe. 73 Teams (24 EV, 17 DV)
The season 2019 started with a huge competition in Hungary for both cars, the Formula Student East. It was the fourth time that there was a competition in Hungary and this year there were 73 teams at the “ZALA-Zone”, a huge proving ground for testing of autonomous vehicles.
The competition started with the so-called “Scrutineering”, a technical inspection to proof that the competing cars were rules compliant. Simultaneously the team had to do the static disciplines. As for “Engineering Design” and for “Cost Report” the cars have to be at the pit, we unfortunately lost time in scrutineering.
Especially for the db019 this was bad luck as it could not finish scrutineering in time and therefore, was not allowed to drive.
Through the good preparation for the engineering design presentation the db019 could reach a third place in the design finals. The eb019 barely missed the designfinals and reached the fifth place.
For the eb019 the dynamic events started after it passed the scrutineering. In Skidpad, Autocross and Endurance the eb019 was the fastest and most efficient car. Therefore, it reached the overall first place. Due to good results in the static events the db019 ended up fourth.
FORMULA STUDENT AUSTRIA
28.07. - 01.08.2019 FSA.
Highlight on the Redbull-Ring. Less Teams, higher Excitement. 58 Teams (24 EV)
There was only one week between the competitions in Hungary and in Austria. That meant we had just one week for testing and optimisation. At the heart of stunning mountain scenery, you can find the Red-bull-Ring where the competitiononly for electric and combustion cars took place.
The event started with very good results in Business Plan Presentation (3rd place)and Engineering Design (2nd place). This was a good basis for the dynamic events.
The Formula Student Austria has a duration of only four days and is the shortest competition in Europe. Therefore, the time for scrutineering and the dynamic events was quite short. For example, Acceleration, Skid Pad and Autocross for the eb019 were within one day. Even with this pressure the performance of the car and the drivers was fantastic, and we reached the first place in all three events.
The next day due to the good results the car started for endurance in the “Final Five”. It was an exciting race against high-performing cars from Delft and Trondheim. It was impressive to see their beautiful cars in such a thrilling race. Unfortunately, Delft had to end the race in the lap before the last one due to technical issues. Trondheim could reach the second place, close behind the eb019.
Additional to the overall win, a price for the second-best concept for the electric system was awarded to the eb019-team by Siemens. ITK honoured also the good approach during the on-track-testing.
FORMULA STUDENT GERMANY
05.08. - 11.08.2019 FSG.
Der Showdown at the Hockenheimring. 119 Teams (39 EV, 20 DV)
From all around the world 119 teams came to Hockenheimring for the largest competition, Formula Student Germany. This year there were 39 electric and 20 driverless cars.
As the schedule was tight our db019 team started already on Monday with the technical inspection. Mechanical and accumulator scrutineering took place at the same time and both were passed soon. Also, the low-voltage-electrical (LV) scrutineering could be finished early.
With that good results on the first day the excitement for the next days was large.
On Tuesday eb019 team started the scrutineering and the first time had some issues with mechanical scrutineering. After several tries, smaller modifications and new drills in the monocoque the hard work paid off and the team passed the mechanical inspection. After that the accumulator scrutineering was no problem anymore. Meanwhile, the db019 passed the high-voltage-electrical (HV) scrutineering.
Wednesday was statics day. Both teams had to show their knowledge in business plan, cost & manufacturing and engineering design. Even the business plan results were not that good, we were happy to hear from the other two events. In costing the eb019 reached 8th place and the db019 was allowed to take part in the finals of engineering design.
While the eb019 could pass LV and HV scrutineering without mayor problems, thedriverless team had bad news. Fluids leaked out at the upright in the front left. Detailed analysis showed that there was a tear in the upright. Several tries to fix the crack with glue should not help for the whole competition.
On Thursday, the eb019 team could do the tilt test, rain test and brake test, whilethe db019 team worked hard to fix their problem with the upright. Additionally, the db019 team took place in the engineering design finals where they reached the fourth place and did great performance in some special award finals.
For the eb019 the dynamic disciplines started on Friday. With a time of 4.598 seconds the car could set a new world record in the skid pad event. In the afternoon, it finished the acceleration at fourth place.
On Saturday morning the db019 had to do the dynamic scrutineering and passed Tilt and Rain test. But, due to the broken upright, the team was not able to fix thetear and therefore, the brake test could not be passed.
In the afternoon the eb019 started the autocross. Even with some penalty seconds due to lost small part (it is called “track loss” without advantage for the team) the team could reach the first place in autocross.
On Sunday, the eb019 started with the “final six”, the six fastest race cars, in the endurance.
It was a beautiful race under perfect racing conditions. Unfortunately, the teams from Stuttgart and Dresden could not finish the race and the team from Trondheim could not pass the post-scrutineering. For the eb019 the race was great, it had the fastest lap time and was the fastest car overall. Therefore, it reached the first place in endurance and also the first place overall!
The db019 reached the 9th place overall and was awarded by Daimler for the 3rdbest autonomous driving system.
FORMULA STUDENT SPAIN
20.08. - 25.08.2019 FSS.
36°C, black asphalt and the golden sun of Spain. That is Motorsports! 75 Teams (39 EV, 8 DV)
Our last competition of this season was in Spain at the Circuit de Catalunya.
The competition started with good news: The eb019 could pass technical inspection within very short time and the db019 passed the brake test and the autonomous scrutineering successfully.
The business plan team of the db019 could convince the judges and reached a fantastic first place. Also, in cost report and engineering design the results were very good. Both cars were outstanding good in costing and the db019 got the third place. In Engineering design both cars reached the second place in their category.
Unfortunately, the db019 missed the acceleration event as the pre-scrutineering (something special in Spain) took a few minutes too long.
The acceleration events for the electric cars is something very special in Spain. It takes place by night. As all the teams are allowed to place light technology on their race car, it is great fun to watch. The eb019 reached within this amazing light show the fifth place.
The next day the db019 started the autocross and the trackdrive but could not finish both as one of the last curves was too narrow. In Skid Pad, Autocross and Endurance the eb019 reached in the fourth competition in a row the first place. With those results we could again celebrate the first place overall. The db019 team could reach the second place overall due to the very good results in the static events.