The annual Formula Student competition in Hockenheim is over! This year we were there with our brand new car, the Umicore ISAAC. For five days, we and 110 other teams gave it all we had in this challenging competition. Because it is generally known, the competition in Hockenheim isn’t like any other competition.
A strong start
Traditionally, every competition starts with a comprehensive technical inspection, called scrutineering. Scrutineering is a set of tests every car must pass to ensure the safety of the pilot and the other teams. After the difficulties at Silverstone, we invested heavily in passing these tests. This also paid off as we completed the mechanical, electrical, tilt-, rain -and brake-test very quickly. So quickly that we were the second team to pass scrutineering.
We had the opportunity to use the infrastructure of Flanders Make to test and fine tune the Umicore Isaac. By doing a roller bench test we were able to compare different measurements. By comparing the onboard vehicle sensors to the roller bench measurements we were able to further optimize the Umicore Isaac. We also learned that our powertrain setup has an efficiency of 81%, this information will also be useful for the design of our future race cars.