FEATURE: DART RACING TU DARMSTADT
We are pleased to introduce you to this beautiful electric car from Germany, built by a team of students from TU Darmstadt. Here’s a cheeky picture of the nose as a teaser!
DART Racing is a team of around 40 students that build an electric race car each year to compete in various European Formula Student/FSAE competitions. The students come together from the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science and business engineering.
The 2016 car Lambda2016 was the 11th car the team had built and it had a great run in 2016, with a top 10 finish overall in Formula Student Germany and Spain and a beautiful run in the acceleration final of Formula Student UK. (I was stood right next to them at the time- it was a great showdown!)
If you are interested in learning a little bit more about the evolution of the TU Darmstadt cars since 2006, you can find information on all 10 of the cars (so far) here.
Photo Credit: Formula Student Germany
But now for the important part. Let’s look into the technical specs of the car:
Top speed 130 km/h
Rear wheel drive
Single piece CFRP sandwich
Aluminum honeycomb core
In-House developed CFPR Impact Attenuator
Wheelbase 1525 mm
Single piece CFRP A-arms
CFRP-Aluminium hybrid rims
Custom Pirelli 185/40 R15 tires
2 self-built electric permanent magnet motors
55 kW peak power per motor
Hollow single piece titanium SLM motor shafts
18:1 spur gear transmission with independent gear sets
370 V nominal
In-House developed Accumulator Management System
So far we don’t know much about the 2017 car from TU Darmstadt yet, but we are expecting something exciting from the team, who never fail to deliver great cars each year. As a complete speculation, I would expect to see the team take even more weight off in 2017 and hit a sub 200kg target for this year.
I am sure that the team are going to have something very impressive to show us in the summer and I am looking forward to seeing how the 2017 season plays out for them.
You can find out more about Dart Racing TU Darmstadt on their website or by following them on social media:
Author: Beth Lily Georgiou