The 16th edition of Formula SAE Italy – an international competition organized by ANFIA in partnership with SAE International, with the “R. Paletti ”of Varano de ‘Melegari and, from this year, also the Motor Valley Association, and with the main sponsorship of Automobili Lamborghini. The event was attended by over 300 students from 11 countries representing 37 university teams.
The podium of Class 1C (internal combustion cars), sees in first place the Joanneum Racing Graz team of UAS Graz, which achieved good scores both in static tests, winning the Business Presentation Event, and in dynamic ones, especially Autocross and Endurance . In second position, MoRe Modena Racing of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, which reported excellent placings in all dynamic tests (first place at Acceleration) and, in third position, the University of Padua, with the Race UP team. Combustion, first classified at the Autocross.
In Class 1E (electric cars) the Formula Student Team Tallinn of the Tallinn University of Applied Sciences / Tallinn University of Technology triumphs, with excellent performance in dynamic tests, in particular Acceleration and Endurance, while TUfast e-technology by TU wins second place München, third classified in Endurance 1E, followed by the KARaceIng E team of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, with a good positioning in dynamic tests and victory in Autocross.
In Class 3 (presentation of the car project only) he conquered the top of the UniBo Motorsport Electric ranking of the University of Bologna, followed, in second place, by the AAM Driverless Racing Team of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport and , to the third, from the University of Brescia with the OMR UniBS Motorsport team.
Finally, in Class 1D (Driverless), the first prize went to StarkStrom Augsburg Driverless of UAS Augsburg, followed by Ecurie Aix Formula Student Team of RWTH Aachen and the Sapienza Corse team of the University of Rome La Sapienza. This year the 1D class saw 6 registered teams – 3 Italian with combustion cars and 3 foreign with electric cars – of which 5 passed the technical checks and 4 managed to face the dynamic tests. Compared to 2019, the level, also thanks to greater reliability of autonomous systems, has risen, but not for everyone in the same way: the team from Rome showed a robust and reliable driving system, but the performance remained on the same level. past edition levels; Augsburg and Aachen, on the other hand, have grown a lot and in a structured way, so much so that Aachen reported the best time, among all the participating classes, in the Acceleration test. Furthermore, the introduction, for the first time in this edition, of Autocross also for the driverless class, was much appreciated, both to be able to have a further test to deal with, and to see how the car behaves over short periods. distances and in a little known territory.
“This edition of Formula SAE Italy, after a year of stoppage due to the pandemic, represents a positive sign of restart, both for the companies and partners who have always supported the event, and, above all, for the young students – commented Gianmarco Giorda, Director of ANFIA. Despite the need to limit the number of participants to carry out the event safely, applying an anti-covid protocol developed ad hoc, the enthusiasm and passion of the teams animated the four days as always, both during the technical checks of the cars, and in that of dynamic tests on the track.
The direct confrontation with qualified exponents of the major companies in the automotive and motorsport supply chain, present at the event as staff and sponsors, represents an enormous added value for the training of young engineers and we therefore hope that in 2022 the event can be held entirely in attendance. bringing back to Varano de ‘Melegari also the static tests that this year debuted in virtual version on the online platform.
As ANFIA – Giorda concluded – we work uninterruptedly to make the event grow, increase its worldwide visibility and attractiveness, enhancing the relationships between universities and industry that allows us to start and cultivate and increase recruitment and networking opportunities for sponsor and partner companies, to which our heartfelt thanks go for making this 2021 edition possible ”.
Yesterday the Endurance test took place on the track (275 points out of a total of 1,000), which aims to evaluate the overall performance of the individual cars in the race and represents one of the main events of the competition. It takes place along a total route of about 22 km. Team members are not allowed to intervene on the vehicle during the course of the test, while there is a change of driver halfway through the test. The order in which the individual teams take to the track is drawn up on the basis of the results of the Autocross test, leaving the fastest teams for last. The overall endurance time is given by the sum of the times of each driver, to which any penalties are added, compared with that of the fastest team on the track.
The dynamic events, on the whole, showed good performances. In the endurance test – which involved the 1C Class teams in the morning and the electric car class in the afternoon – the good level of the participating teams was confirmed by the low number of retirements, which took place practically only at the last laps and for ordinary reasons. linked to the logic of the competition. Some teams stood out for their excellent times. The endurance track, very racy and rhythmic and even faster than in previous years, with some key points that brought out the skills of the individual riders, was particularly appreciated by all the racing teams.
In the detail of this dynamic test, in Class 1C, the Joanneum Racing Graz team of UAS Graz took first place, followed by MoRe Modena Racing from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and by the University of Padua with the Race UP team Combustion.
In Class 1E, the Formula Student Team Tallinn of the Tallinn University of Applied Sciences / Tallinn University of TechnologyI won the endurance, followed by municHMotorsport of the University of Applied Sciences Munich and TUfast e-technology of TU München.
In the 1D Class, which faced the Trackdrive test instead of the Endurance, first prize was awarded the Ecurie Aix Formula Student Team of RWTH Aachen, followed, in second position, by StarkStrom Augsburg Driverless of UAS Augsburg, the only ones two teams that
have completed the test.
During the awards ceremony, prizes related to static events – Cost Event, Business Presentation Event and Design Event – were also awarded, thus making the winners’ podium official. The Cost Event of Class 1D sees the StarkStrom Augsburg Driverless team of UAS Augsburg in first place, followed in second place by E-Team Squadra Corse Driverless of the University of Pisa and, in third, by Sapienza Corse of the University of Rome Wisdom.
In Class 1E the StarkStrom Augsburg Electric team of UAS Augsburg won the first position, followed, in second place, by KA-RaceIng E of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and, in third, by Dynamis PRC of the Politecnico di Milano. Finally, for Class 1C: E-Team Squadra Corse of the University of Pisa and, subsequently, UniBo Motorsport of the University of Bologna and Joanneum Racing Graz of UAS Graz.
In the Business Presentation Event, for the 1D Class, StarkStrom Augsburg Driverless of UAS Augsburg takes first place, followed, in second place, by Ecurie Aix Formula Student Team of RWTH Aachen and, in third, by UniNa Corse of Federico II University of Naples.
In Class 1E the Dynamis PRC team of the Politecnico di Milano is confirmed in first position, followed by KA-RaceIng E of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and by UniPR Racing Team of the University of Parma, respectively in second and third place. Finally, for Class 1C: Joanneum Racing Graz of the UAS Graz, followed by E-Team Squadra Corse of the University of Pisa and by Race UP Combustion of the University of Padua.
For the Design Event of Class 1D, the E-Team Squadra Corse Driverless of the University of Pisa is in first place, followed in second place by StarkStrom Augsburg Driverless of UAS Augsburg and, in third, by UniNa Corse of the University Federico II of Naples.
In Class 1E we find KA-RaceIng E of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in first place, followed in second place by the UniPR Racing Team of the University of Parma and, in third place, by the Superior Engineering team of the University of Ljubljana.
Finally, for Class 1C: UniBo Motorsport of the University of Bologna, followed by Joanneum Racing Graz of UAS Graz and by Polimarche Racing Team of the Polytechnic University of Marche.
We also remember the special prizes and prizes established by the sponsors. The Automobili Lamborghini “Best lightweight solution in chassis” award went to TUfast e-technology of TU München, the Dallara “Award for the best Car / Resources balance” award, to KA-RaceIng E of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Teoresi prize “Electronics development process: innovative controls, methods and architectures award”, awarded to Dynamis PRC of the Politecnico di Milano.
GeicoTaikisha, in its first experience as a sponsor of Formula SAE Italy, world leader in the design and construction of turnkey painting systems for car manufacturers, contributed by making available the special “Top Coating Award”. The award was given to Dynamis PRC of the Politecnico di Milano, or to the team that presented the best-treated and painted body in terms of quality and innovation.
In particular, GeicoTaikisha took into consideration the type of materials used, the surface treatment, the aesthetics and the livery of the body. The award consists of a paid internship lasting 6 months, with the possibility of being hired at the Italian Headquarters of the Group in Cinisello Balsamo, for one of the members of the winning team.
Test endurance Formula SAE 2021
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