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Formula Student Germany
For the third time in a row, Schaeffler promoted the Formula Student Germany 2016 as one of the main sponsors. Schaeffler supported 22 of the 111 student teams financially, but also technical know-how and own products helped the students to construct their own racing car.
The Formula Student is an ideal platform to test the acquired engineering knowledge in practice and in competition and at the same time to develop a comprehensive understanding on many levels.This makes the participants to well liked candidates. As a sponsor, we are in close contact with the teams and support the students with regard to career topics within Schaeffler.
Formula Student Germany is an international design competition, for which technically oriented students accept the challenge to develop a single-seat formula race car, design it, and ultimately build it. For five days the international student teams then compete with the vehicles they constructed.
The Formula Student Electric is a subordination of the Formula Student which will promote the development of electric vehicles. The Schaeffler Group has been supporting Formula Student Germany teams since 2006 respective Formula Student Electric teams since 2010.
We wish all Schaeffler Group teams a successful racing season.
Since the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) was founded in 2006 by students of ETH Zurich it has produced a prototype to compete in various «Formula Student» competitions in Europe every year. After having built three cars powered by combustion engines, AMZ has moved forward to developing electric racing cars since 2010.
"The collaboration with a company should actively enable us to move forward and open up possibilities we wouldn’t have without that sponsor. […] But the most important aspect is that a partner can support us in meaningful ways and is willing to be inspired by unusual ideas as well. […] Each season, we pursue the aim of delivering the best possible results anew: sophisticated components of top quality.“ (Nico Schwarz, Dart-Racing TU Darmstadt)
“The vehicle has to hold up to numerous loading conditions, but its weight has to be kept as low as possible. […]Obviously, the car should be light, but we make no compromises in terms of reliability. The quality of our components is more important to us than saving a few grams of weight. With a solid vehicle, we also expect solid results. Our aim is to consistently finish all events this season in the top ten.” (Thilo Heins,Ecurie Aix, RWTH Aachen)
GreenTeam Uni Stuttgart e.V. was founded in 2009. Most of the 15 founding members already had experiences from Rennteam Uni Stuttgart e.V., the successful combustion motor team.
“For me, a race car has to look sporty and dynamic, as well as unusual and artistic. […] Because we participated in the Schaeffler Design Competition, green and yellow were the primary colors used. […] Obviously, we’d like to stand out with creative graphics and show that we’re aiming to become better and better. But motivating others to join in is particularly important to us. We’re not a closed community and need many creative minds!” (Finn Quillfeldt, Green Voltage Racing, TU Clausthal)
"It was clear for those of us who are responsible for the business plan that we wanted to get something new and unusual off the ground. We simulate the development of specialized boarding schools that promote young race drivers and race engineers and train them based on our race car. That’s how we’d like to stand out from the crowd and leave a lasting impression with the jury.” (Kathrin Krause, High-Octane Motorsports, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
“Obviously, our aim as a team is to extract the maximum from the competition and preferably finish on the top step of the podium. So, the pressure is particularly high on the driver at the crucial moment. When the race gets started – and the whole team feels this way – I need to shake off such thoughts, in keeping with the motto: as soon as the helmet’s on and the visor down, the mind’s shut off.” (Marco Giuliano, High Speed Karlsruhe, Hochschule Karlsruhe)
“We’re one team that builds two cars – this special feature takes center stage in our marketing activities. Aside from our engineering achievements, our PR primarily reflects passion: teamwork, friendship and joint experiences are at the top of our list. But no matter what message we send, we refrain from window.” (Inka Philipp, KA-RaceIng, Universität Karlsruhe)
“We’re all students pursuing a common aim. We want our car to score as many points as possible and we want to continually improve, especially in the dynamic disciplines. At the Hockenheimring, we’d like to prove that even a small team from the Palatinate region can be competitive in Formula Student Germany!” (Jana Lampe, KARAT Racing, Universität Kaiserslautern)
“Reliability is our team’s top priority in this respect. We want a car that runs reliably and is capable of mastering all disciplines. We focus our developments on this aim and prove that even smaller teams can build good race cars in the process.” (Julius Pollak,Mainfranken Racing, University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt)
"I rely on direct channels of communication to attract attention to our team. […] We design all our content – from Facebook posts to press kits – based on a guide, pay attention to consistency in our visuals and respectable wording. […] The success of the team takes center stage in anything we do – and we’d like our PR activities to reflect that as well." (Michael Gambitz, munichMotorsports, HS München)
“The key question is: how much discomfort can I expect the driver to put up with in order to save weight? While my compromise tends to put a greater load on the driver, it’s also clear that my team-mates should be sitting as comfortably as possible. The same applies to us as a team: the compromise has to fit. Success is important to us, our motto is: ‘Compete – Finish – Win.’ Still, in spite of all our ambitions, it’s important not to sacrifice the element of fun.” (Georg Angst, Rennteam, Universität Stuttgart)
“But what I need most in order to drive successfully is a team with a good atmosphere. The driver has a great responsibility and, at the end of the day, represents the work of the whole team. We want to have a good time together and we deal with each other on an equal footing.” (Andreas Marbus, Strohm & Söhne, Georg-Simon-Ohm Hochschule Nürnberg)
“We’re one team that builds two cars: one with a combustion engine and one with an electric motor. Except for the powertrain, all the sub-teams are involved in both vehicles. […] In the past, we were often the runners-up and now we’re aiming for the top of the podium at all cost. We’re pursuing this aim not only as a student race team – but as friends working together to achieve something.” (Stefan Ender, TUfast Racing Team, Technische Universität München)