Spanish students build on e-racing success

September 28, 2017 // By Nick Flaherty
50 students from the University of Barcelona are celebrating a successful year racing an electric vehicle they developed and are using the lessons learnt for the 2018 season.

The e-Tech Racing team, which is supported by Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente in Germany, spent 19,000 hours this year in developing, building, and testing a single seater electric racing car. This  competed in numerous races and even finished on the podium in the Czech Republic.

After completing the development stage, the e-Tech Racing Team took part in various races to see if the design was up to the test. At a race in the Czech Republic, the team even won a place on the podium. In August, e-Tech Racing Barcelona competed in Formula Student Spain - an event that allows teams of engineering students to develop, design, and build a racing car. This allowed e-Tech Racing to gain valuable experience in terms of the racing car’s resistance to heat. Using this new knowledge, the vehicle will be overhauled to reduce its overall weight for the 2018 season. This work will also involve carrying out further studies and tests.

“As an innovative and modern company, Rutronik is committed to supporting students with fresh ideas,” said Thomas Rudel, CEO of Rutronik. “In Germany, we already work with Formula Student teams in Karlsruhe and Pforzheim and now look forward to assisting the team in Barcelona with our know-how and required electronic components.” 

The company provides teaching and training materials such as components, demoboards and toolkits, for selected courses at Barcelona.

www.rutronik.com