Welcoming over 300 students from 11 countries around the world representing 37 university teams – including 36 Europeans (17 Italians, from 14 different universities) and 1 non-European (USA) – Raffaele Fregonese, Director of Formula SAE Italy, which opened the meeting and then passed the floor to Marco Stella, Vice President of ANFIA.
“I would like to thank all the sponsors and partners for their renewed support for this year’s event – began Marco Stella – A key element of Formula SAE is technological innovation that involves both the universities and the companies present here. The automotive industry is undergoing many transformations – electrification, digitalization, artificial intelligence – and you, the students of today, are the future of this sector because in this huge transformation process the network of universities is as important as the network of research centers. and development “.
“My advice is to be prepared for the professions of the future, while maintaining the enthusiasm and passion that brought you here today”.
Francesco Ricciardi then intervened, representing the Car design & Engineering Group of ANFIA, who presented the ANFIA Next Mobility Hackathon 2022 initiative to the teams.
“If the 2021 edition was aimed at Italian students, the 2022 hackathon will instead open to young people from all over the world – explained Ricciardi – The aim of the contest remains the collection, sharing and evaluation of innovative ideas and projects aimed at developing new ways to understand the means of transport both from the point of view of design, understood as an experience of use, and from the technological point of view “.
“Through the hackathon we will explore how new technologies can play a role in building new solutions for the mobility challenges of tomorrow, in order to create a more efficient, environmentally friendly and safer transport system”.
Formula SAE 2021
Photo by: Francesco Corghi
Following, Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, main sponsor of the event, said: “I remember when I started judging the competition in 2006 and today I see a lot of students who have made their way in the automotive world. For our company this is a scouting activity that allows us to evaluate the boys not only from the point of view of the results in the race, but also the ability to be convincing on the projects, confirming on the track that their work is the best. “.
“I think what ANFIA has is something unique: the first contact with the world of work in which it is not enough to be good engineers, but you need to guide the project from the idea, to convince someone to invest. Those who participate have the opportunity to compete with different universities from all over the world and experiment with innovative technologies such as electrification, already present in these competitions “.
“For these reasons Automobili Lamborghini wants to be there. We are convinced that this is one of the best opportunities to select the next generations of engineers who will work in our company”.
Finally, Giuseppe Restiani, mayor of Varano de ‘Melegari, a municipality that, as always, sponsored the event, wanted to welcome the children with a warm greeting.
The technical checks of the cars competing for the 1C (combustion), 1E (electric) and 1D (driverless) classes took place in the paddock between Sunday 10 October and Monday 11. The dynamic tests on the track – Acceleration and Skidpad – started from today morning and will continue in the afternoon and tomorrow, with Autocross, Endurance and Trackdrive for driverless cars “.