TU Delft Unveils New Sustainable Race Car

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TU Delft Unveils New Sustainable Race Car

On Tuesday 10 June, TU Delft's DUT Racing team is to unveil its new sustainable race car for the DUT08 Formula Student event. The combination of an engine which runs on E-85 (85% bio-ethanol) and a light-weight design enables the students to demonstrate that sustainability and good performance can go hand-in-hand.

Henk Wapstra, DUT Racing team manager, sees the use of E-85 as a step forward in the search for alternatives to fossil fuels in the racing industry. Minor alterations are all that are needed for a conventional petrol engine to run on E-85.

However, sustainable solutions have been sought not just with respect to fuel. For instance, the DUT Racing team has been well-known for its light-weight design for many years. This reduces fuel consumption and improves performance. Its design proved a great success last year when the team finished second in the world championships held at the Silverstone circuit. For years now, the smart application of carbon fibres has enabled the team to reduce the car's weight. Many computer simulations and crash tests are needed in order to guarantee the driver's safety.

A great milestone has been achieved in the production phase of the new car, the monocoque is finished. The monocoque is produced with the so-called VARTM (Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Moulding) process. For this process carbon composite fibres, are first placed in the mould. Then the entire mould with fibres is sealed off and made air tight, with plastics. Using a vacuum pump, the resin is ‘pulled' through the fibres from one side to another, as in the image.

Formula Student
The students have entered the new car for the Formula Student competition, in which four hundred universities of technology compete. The DUT Racing team is participating in this competition at the Silverstone and Hockenheim circuits. The competition looks closely not only at the performance of the car, such as acceleration and road handling, but also at its design, manufacturing potential, ingenuity and safety. The students are therefore assessed on more than just one-off performance.

Roll out
As the race car is assessed by professionals from both the car industry and the racing world, the students need to be able to fully justify all their decisions. This competition therefore grooms them for a career in the car industry. A number of students who participated in previous years have subsequently found jobs in this sector.

The roll-out of the DUT08 car in Delft 's Markt on Tuesday 10 June is a great opportunity to see the TU Delft race car in action for the first time. The event is open to anyone who wishes to attend. For more information, visit the team website: http://www.dutracing.nl/ .

For more information, please contact:

Sander van der Burg, DUT Racing Team, tel: +31 (0)15-278 88 91, mob: +31 (0)6 14 16 27 01, e-mail: PR@DUTRacing.nl

Source: http://www.tudelft.nl/live/pagina.jsp?id=16813c20-c0e2-4d3f-b70b-573bbe939b88&lang=en
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