After driving as fast as we could we managed to end in the top five teams at Autocross yesterday. This gave us a placement in the so called ‘Final Five’ at Endurance. This means that we are driving with the four other fastest teams at the end of the race. This has three advantages:
1: Quick cars are set up against each other so there will be a lot of overtaking action. It’s going to be exciting to watch!
2: The track is all rubbered up by the previous cars so there is more grip for the ‘Final Five’.
3: We have extra time to test and prepare the DUT14.
So, we are happy with our place in the Endurance order and are ready to give all we have on the 22km long stress test that is coming closer every minute. The difficulty lies in energy usage. A hundred points can be scored by driving efficiently, while 300 points can be scored with driving fast. Tuning this trade-off requires a lot of knowledge of our car and even watching it is nerve wrecking because you’ll want to see the car drive fast but you are afraid of technical failures or an empty battery. If something bad happens to the car and it can’t drive on its own power anymore, the team gets a Did Not Finish (DNF) and zero points. All will be lost if such a thing happens so imagine the tension and pressure on the team!
At the end of this nerve wrecking and important event we will have to empty and clean our pit and had back to camp to prepare for our departure tomorrow morning. But before we go back, we’ll head towards the award ceremony where we will find out who goes home victorious and who does not.
Afterwards we get to let go of everything at an awesome camping party! Having a drink with all of the international and like-minded students is the crown on top of our Formula Student season. And when we get back in Delft… work will start on the DUT15.Read More