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Czech Technical University in Prague
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Praha 6, 160 00
Our team is based at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at CTU, Prague and has about 50 members. It was founded in 2007, which makes us the oldest formula student team in the Czech Republic. We regularly rank amongst the top teams in all international races which we attend and even have two overall victories. All of this thanks to the use of state-of-the-art technologies and the effective transfer of know-how between generations of students.
Individual technical subgroups each focus on the design of aerodynamics, chassis, suspension, electronics, powertrain, hybrid and public relations. Students get in touch with technical, communication and language skills in practice.
Our newest single-seater FS.14 is historically the first hybrid car in the Formula Student competition both in the Czech Republic and throughout the world. In addition to the internal combustion engine, we added two electric motors on the front axle, each with a power of 8 kW. The drive is still dominated by the internal combustion engine but electric motors allow us to start off and exit corners faster. The hybrid system was not the only development carried out on the new car. The aerodynamic elements were also completely redesigned, which noticeably improved the car's downforce. Due to the implementation of the hybrid system, we had to design new kinematics on the front axle. At the same time, we also redesigned our roll-heave suspension system for the front axle, which we also added to the rear for the first time.
However, in one year of development, production and testing, we were unable to fully utilize the potential of the hybrid system, which we plan to fine-tune on the next car - FS.15. We are still fully testing the hybrid system after the racing season.
Formula Student (also known as Formula SAE) is an engineering competition for university students. It was founded in the USA in 1981 in order to increase students‘ technical skills before entering a practical career of engineering. Since 1998, there is also a European branch. Both competitions have the same goal and almost identical rules. There are now over 800 student teams around the world who have to design, build and test a new race car every year.
The competition has 4 dynamic and 3 static disciplines, which comprehensively test the team's ability not only in terms of the car's driving performance, but also in other areas. The project provides a great experience and career preparation for future engineers.
Engineering Design Report (150 points): Judges evaluate the car in terms of the design solutions used and the maturity of the design. The solution must be supported by calculations and simulations.
Cost Report (100 points): The price of the car and the correct calculation of its production price in the eventual real-time production are assessed.
Business Plan (75 bodů): The team needs to defend a plan for mass production of our concept car in front of representatives of a fictitious company.
Acceleration (75 points): Acceleration of the car on a 75m long track with a solid start.
Skid-Pad (50 points): Drive on an eight-way track where the transit time is assessed to assess the suspension qualities.
Autocross (150 points): Drive on a narrow technical track to evaluate acceleration, braking and maneuverability. It also serves as a qualification for Endurance.
Endurance & Fuel Economy (350 + 50 points): Endurance race tests all car systems at a 22km long race with a driver change halfway. Fuel consumption is also evaluated.