Technion Formula Ranks 8th Worldwide

Technion Formula Team ranked 8th out of 31 in the student Formula competition in Austria. Next week the team competes in Germany.

The Technion Formula Team was ranked 8th out of 31 in the Formula Student competition in Austria. In the competition, 31 of the best teams in the world competed in the combustion category. Next week, the team will participate in a similar competition in Germany.

Technion team member Alain Altari said, “The competition is divided into the static part, in which we present the project, and the dynamic events, which include Acceleration; Skidpad (skid prevention); Autocross (driving one kilometer); and Endurance, which includes changing drivers and is 22 kilometers long. Racing cars must withstand very difficult conditions, so planning requires pure science and not just mechanical knowledge. We are pleased with the ranking in Austria and are preparing for the competition in Germany. Next year we hope to compete in the new Autonomous Racing Car category.”

This is the fifth year that Team Technion has participated in Formula Student competitions. Technion’s car was developed as part of the New Product Design Project course led by Dr. Hagai Bamberger under the guidance of Prof. Reuven Katz, Head of the Design, Manufacturing, and CAD track at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. This year, around 50 students from 7 different faculties are participating in the project, which is led by the Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering faculties. At the unveiling held recently at Technion, certificates of merit were awarded to several students: Alain Altari, Or Amsterdam, Yael Haslavsky, Omer Cohen, Tal Lipshitz, and Tom Mazor.

The new Formula car is a dramatic upgrade of Technion’s car that competed in Europe last year. Amongst other improvements, the pneumatic transmission system was replaced with an electric one, the weight of the car dropped from 255 kg to 175 kg, and the engine was replaced by a single-cylinder KTM engine. An active suspension system based on accelerometers was installed in the new car. In both competitions in Europe, the Technion team competes against veteran teams supported by leading car companies including BMW, Audi, and Porsche.