For the second time in a row, ETAS is the main sponsor supporting a total of 18 student teams in their participation in the Formula Student competitions in Germany and all over the world.
ETAS Sponsors 18 Formula Student Racing Teams
For the second time in a row, ETAS is the main sponsor supporting a total of 18 student teams in their participation in the Formula Student competitions in Germany and all over the world. Headquartered in Stuttgart, the company uses its global reach to provide its sponsored teams with hardware and software wherever needed. ETAS has been sponsoring the Formula Student Germany – the most important construction competition for engineering students worldwide – since 2008. The current racing series will be held at the Hockenheim circuit from July 30 to August 4, 2013.
The sponsored teams include some of the world’s most successful contenders. Among the three leading fuel burners of the FSG 2013 are two ETAS-sponsored teams: Second place went to the “Rennteam” of the Stuttgart University, and third to the “Rennstall” Esslingen team. In the electric racers group, “KA-RaceIng” of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ended up in third position. “RUB Motorsport,“ the team of the Ruhr-University Bochum, surprisingly won the “Best Newcomer Award”, presented by Formula Student Academy. The FSG, which enjoys the patronage of the German Association of Engineers, competed against 115 teams involving a total of 2,500 students. Looking back at previous years, the company’s engagement in the Formula Student has already resulted in the recruitment of highly qualified junior talent.
Brigitte Mai, head of ETAS Human Resources, has high praise for the students’ work: “They stand out with their unique performance in terms of personal dedication to the team and to the practical deployment of knowledge gained.” With an average age of about 20, the budding engineers have exactly one year to design, construct, and build a complete vehicle. In the process, they create a detailed budget and marketing concept for their racer. Success belongs to those who combine technical and practical knowledge with a strong team spirit. “Regularly scheduled team events are essential to us,” emphasizes IT student Aaron Ochs, DHBW Engineering team member and current participant in the dual-studies program at ETAS. “They are a way of welding us together. It’s the only way to create the strong bond needed for this kind of competition.” He is the team member in charge of vehicle electronics, and therefore has in-depth knowledge of the deployment of ETAS tools used in conjunction with the team-built car. “We use the ETAS ES910 Rapid Prototyping Module as the main vehicle control unit. We also work with the software tools INCA and ASCET, which gives us the additional benefit of model-based programming capability.”
A jury composed of motor sports and auto industry experts – which in 2013 also includes six ETAS personnel – evaluates the various disciplines.
As the competition winds down, the winner is not necessarily the fastest racecar but the vehicle with the strongest overall concept in terms of construction, racing performance, financial planning and sales arguments.
ETAS supports its sponsored teams already during early preparations, e.g., with the testing workshop held at the Boxberg Proving Grounds jointly with Bosch GmbH and its subsidiary Bosch Engineering. On July 12 and 13, Boxberg was the venue for 23 student teams from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland to show their team-built cars under actual racing conditions. More than 230 participants availed themselves of the opportunity to run their teams through dynamic tests that painstakingly copied the conditions of their original counterparts at Hockenheim, and to make final modifications to the vehicles. Here too, experts from Bosch and ETAS lent their support with the use of the tools being used. Bernd Edelmann, the driver of the Stuttgart University Racing Team, praises the ideal testing opportunities at the Boxberg grounds: “This is the first time that we encounter the other participating teams. We get to make comparisons between their performance and our own, and we can make deductions as to where we still need to optimize.”