After the most intense summer DUT Racing has ever had, with competitions not only in Silverstone and Hockenheim but also in Spielberg, the 2013 year has really come to an end. Not, so to speak, a usual ending, but a finish with a blow!
We are at Valkenburg, Friday September 20th, where the DUT13 team officially hands over the reins to the DUT14 core-team, on our annual sponsor thanking day. A day intended to thank our business sponsors; giving them the opportunity to network and update them on our final results of the year. However, this year, we prepared a special surprise.
For those who missed out: at the end of the DUT12 year, there was a special demonstration for our sponsors, showing them not only the power of our last car, but also the majesty of traction control. Its magnificence was especially stressed by implementing a donut button on the car. A marking experience, to say the least.
With that in mind, Valkenburg had more in store for our attendants today. The DUT13 team joined forces with the DUT12, and organised a sponsor day that will long be remembered. On one side, the (Austrian) business presentation winner Lennert van den Boom provided the sponsors with an beautiful presentation. Additionally, the DUT13 team amazed our business sponsors with a grand, dynamic demonstration of the DUT13 car, and lots of pictures and film material to use for their own media purposes. Lastly, in a grande finale, the DUT12 was ready to race on the airfield tarmac to, once and for all, show its capability in acceleration. The DUT12 was there to break the Guinness World Record fastest 0-100 km/h accelerating electric car.
Why would the DUT12 break the record? The FSAE competition changes rules every year and in the DUT12 year, efficiency rules were much more important in our design goals than in the DUT13 year. The DUT12 design is much more based on lightweight and short acceleration performance than the DUT13, which is built focussing much more on endurance racing. To ensure the fastest time would be attained, runs with both the DUT12 and with the DUT13 were performed.
As of yet, it is uncertain whether we may say that we hold the record, Guinness still has to approve, but the future seems bright. The thanking day, in combination with the World Record attempt, was a finish with a bang. On a final and important note, we would like to thank all our supporters for another year of electric (or should we say electrifying?) racing. Be prepared for DUT14! Read More