The lightest car in the history of the “Formula Student” competitions in Europe returns home from the Czech Republic to the Technion, with a trophy for first place in the final Skidpad round.
The Technion’s current racecar is the lightest vehicle in the history of Formula Student competitions – weighing only 132 kilos after shedding more than 120 kilos in just three years. The victory in the Skidpad is the first trophy won by an Israeli team in the dynamic round of these competitions.
This year, the team participated in three competitions in the World Round of Formula Students in Europe. Some 600 universities from around the world participated in the competitions, which were held in Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. The Formula Project has been held at the Technion since 2013, and this is the seventh consecutive year that the Technion team has participated in the competition. At the same time, construction of the autonomous Formula car, which is expected to join the races in the summer of 2020, is underway.
The “Formula Technion” project currently involves 35 students from three faculties: Mechanical Engineering; Aerospace Engineering and Industrial Engineering and Management. The team is headed by student Tal Lifshitz of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.
Minister of Science and Technology Ofir Akunis congratulated the delegation on winning: “This is another huge achievement for Israeli innovation. We continue to triumph in all international science and technology competitions and get proof of our success and of the government decision I initiated to fund Israeli delegations to international competitions.”
Formula Technion cars are designed and constructed by students as part of the “New Product Design” course held at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering under the guidance of Prof. Reuven Katz. The project is supported by many entities, most notably the Nancy and Stephen Grand Technion Energy Program. The delegation also received funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology for the students to travel abroad.