FSA Race Newsletter
Last week the second Formula Student event of this season took place, Formula Student Austria! From the 31st of July until the 4th of August our team could be found on the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg racing with 49 other teams towards victory on the event. In this newsletter we would like to update you about our performance and the final results!
Day 1

On the morning of the 31st of July, the Formula Student Austria event officially started. This day we began with electrical and technical scrutineering. Instead of normal procedure we entered scrutineering with only three wheels! To explain this we have to go back to Saturday the 29th:

This day was our last testday before this event. At the end of testing we heard a strange sound coming from the rear left drivetrain assembly. Back at the workplace, the rear left planetary gearset was taken apart and we found that a needle from the planet axle bearing was crunched by the gears, rendering them unusable. As we had to leave on saturday night and no spare was ready yet it was impossible to fix this before the event. However, some team members stayed behind and prepared a spare. While the car was being scrutineered with three wheels, a new assembly was underway from Eindhoven, arriving at monday evening.

So at the first day of the electrical and technical scrutineering we checked as much as possible with three wheels. In the evening the car was repaired, and we went to back to finish scrutineering on day 2.

Day 2

After hard work on the in-wheel assembly that broke down right before leaving for FSA, it had been fixed. This paid off since we passed scrutineering in the afternoon of day 2!

Furthermore, the static events have been held on this day, which contain the Engineering Design Judging, the Cost Event and the Business Plan Presentation.

On day three the first dynamic events take place. These consist of Acceleration, Skidpad and in the afternoon, the Autocross.

Day 3

On the first day of dynamics the Acceleration-, Skidpad- and Autocross events filled the time. We started with an acceleration run early in the morning, setting a time of 3.745 seconds to cover 75 meters. While getting the car to the Skidpad the control group started to analyze the Acceleration data to get more out of the car on the second run.

On the Skidpad all four runs were done consecutively, ending up with a fastest time of 5.288 seconds. This time has put us in a 6th place on the Skidpad event.

After the Skidpad sessions it was time for our last Acceleration run. After some adjustments in comparison from the first run URE scored the 4th time with 3.673 seconds! The fastest acceleration time for URE on an official Formula Student event yet, concluded the morning session. After lunch it was time for Autocross, where all four runs were done quickly after eachother as bad weather was on the rise. Despite some trouble the car had with a really tight corner we were able to set the 5th time on Autocross just minutes before the rain started to soak the track. Some excellent timing of our strategy team!

Day 4

As we were one of the fastest teams on Autocross, the Endurance started for us after lunch. Starting off with our first driver running steady laptimes on pace with the advice of the strategy team. The pace was set to retain our current placing heading for an overall 4th position on Formula Student Austria.

After 11 kilometers it was time for the driver change, putting our second driver behind the wheel. Again the needed pace was covered but at lap 13 of 16 the car stopped...  A malfunctioning battery temperature sensor caused the vehicle to shut down for safety reasons. Despite the unfinished Endurance we managed to attain an overall 8th place and the following individual placements:

8th Place: Business Presentation
11th Place: Cost and Manufacturing
8th Place: Engineering Design
4th Place: Acceleration
6th Place: Skidpad
5th Place: Autocross

Overall we are reasonably satisfied with the results, especially taking into account the drivetrain issue that was found on the day of departure. Through teamwork and persistence we still managed to get the most out of the FSA event!

The URE12 will compete in one more competition: Formula Student Spain. To conclude, we would like to thank all our partners, supporters and family. Without all of you this amazing event would not have been possible. We will keep you posted about our performance and please follow our social media channels for more information!
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