Formula Group T is a project run by Belgian masterstudents in engineering from GROUP T who design and build small electric vehicles and compete with other universities worldwide in the Formula Student competitions during the summer. Areion was their first car and was built in 2011-2012, Eve is their second car and finished its summer of Formula Student in 2013. The team is currently working on their 3rd car
It has been a while since our last Alumni meeting so last Tuesday we did a new one. We presented our new car design and all the part designs were explained. After presenting them the new design, some questions were exchanged. They gave us some useful information and the Alumni were very excited about the design!
Thanks for all the old team members for keeping their interest in this great project!
'Dag van de Wetenschap' (Science Day) is a day organized by the Flemish Government. On this annual day, Flanders puts its science and technology in the spotlight. Many colleges, universities and companies welcome the more than thirty-five thousand visitors to let them have a peek at the kind of 'sorcery' they apply on a daily basis. In the University Hall of the Catholic University of Leuven, you could communicate with a robot, taste some bugs and beer or take a look at Eve. Over five hundred visitors were attracted by the appearance and performance of our electric racecar. The youngsters felt like real professional racing drivers when...
Comate, one of our partners (www.comate.be), is a mechanical engineering consultancy company which helped us out last Friday with some design challenges for our new car. We had an interesting meeting with three engineers who are specialized in the development and execution of mechanical projects. The purpose of the meeting was to help us out with some specific mechanical and production challenges.
After presenting them our new design, some questions were exchanged and difficult tasks where pointed out. They will now take our design under further examination within their team of engineers at Comate and provide us with more...
More than 14 months have past since the start of the design of Eve. Twenty students worked hard, but only four of them were allowed to drive Eve at the competitions. To give everyone a chance to try out Eve, we went to the circuit of Zolder where everyone was given 10 minutes to take the ultimate experience. Some remarks after driving were : “Awesome” , “Super fast” , “Can I go again?”, " F*ck!!".
For team members that have joined the team this year, driving Eve was an extra boost to work hard and make Formula Group T’s next car even better.
Last weekend we went on a team-building weekend to Awenne in Wallonia organized by the alumni. The goal for the weekend was to improve the communication, to boost morale, to motivate the team and to get to know each other better. Before getting there we were divided in several groups and got a search mission to find the location where we would stay for the weekend. By solving some riddles and questions on the way, we got more and more clues about the location. After arriving at a cozy home, we chatted a little before a fire with some drinks and snacks. The next day we went on a team-building activity where we climbed a 7 meter high...
Today we visited three of the GOLD partners of our car Eve and received a lot of interest at the different companies. Layerwise (http://www.layerwise.com), Materialise (http://www.materialise.com) and Triphase (http://www.triphase.be) showed us that they really share our enthusiasm about the Formula Group T project. Due to this partner tour, we are able to show our sponsors the result of a year of hard work and commitment where they participated in as well. At Materialise, we had the chance to showcase Eve next to her older companion Areion. This gave quite an impressive view on the progress we have made in the last two years. Next year,...
Last Thursday started bad because of the weather. We have never seen so much rain in a day.
Arriving in Brussels the sky cleared and we were welcomed in the new office of Randstad.
Little did we know that this was only the beginning?
After a nice glass of white wine and a sandwich it was time for a Q&A with Valtteri Bottas, formula one driver of the Williams F1 team. By this we had an insight in the life of a formula one driver!
But Valtteri wasn’t only there to talk, no, he wanted to race. So everybody was invited to take a look at the F1 simulator. Three people of our team were in the top 5 at the...
Wednesday 6st of november, we were invited by Smart Grid Flanders to E-mobility in Lommel at Flanders Drive. We gave a presentation about Formula Group T for around 20 people who are active in the E-mobile sector. Other topics handled electric vehicles and their charging solutions. After the presentations, we had a guided tour in Flanders Drive. Flanders Drive is a reasearch centre, focused on innovation in the vehicle industry. Very interesting to see was the climate room and the test infrastructure of Flanders Drive.
Many thanks to Smart Grid Flanders for this opportunity! We had a very educational day at E-mobility.
Wednesday 23rd of October, we were invited by our Gold sponsor Emrol to the Busworld expo in Kortrijk. They were our main partner for the supply of our batteries and BMS system.
This year they added a new division to their company, Trineuron (www.trineuron.com). This division will specify itself in the near future for the demand on Lithium technology batteries.
For example, they helped design the battery pack for Van Hool's new electric buses for DeLijn.
This invitation gave us also the chance to meet up with Trineuron again and also look around for other exhibitors.
They were also so kind to give us a taste of...
LMS is specialized in high quality simulation and optimization software for all kind of mechatronic systems, 3D simulations, energy efficiency, testing etc. Today they offered us a hands-on seminar especially for automotive university racing teams. We realised AMESim is a must-have for each engineer who wants to prototype in the early stages of the design phase. It became clear that simulating is the future and will become very important. We would like to thank LMS for the interesting presentation and their enthusiasm for young engineers.