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DUT14 February Newsletter

How are things going in the team? You can find out in this month’s newsletter. In this edition we also feature one of our sponsors, FLIR Systems, and how they help us make our design come true. Enjoy reading! If you have trouble accessing the ISSUU link, you can find the plain PDF here.

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New Team Transportation

VW Transporter Krijgen Last Thursday, we got a new addition to the DUT Racing fleet! Though it will not be participating in the competitions obviously, it will serve us mostly for testing days, events and transportation of the team and the DUT14 in general.

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Newsletter January 2014

Our latest newsletter has just been released! The newsletter will be covering a brief team update, an in-depth review of the design (philosophy) of the all-new DUT14, finishing off with some nice events. Just click the image below to open it!

 

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The World Record is official!

DUT12 World Record certIt’s official! The DUT12 is the fastest accelerating electric car in the world in the 0-100 km/h bracket. We got the certificate in the mail just a few days ago and now it’s proudly added tot the DUT12 poster in our room, to inspire generations of DUT engineers to come! A huge thanks to everyone that made this happen! Press read more to see the epic footage of that day.

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(Almost) Officially World Record Holders!

Its been a while since the DUT12 broke the world record for acceleration of an electric car. With a recorded 2.13 seconds to reach 100 km/h, we approached the Guiness World Book of Records with our data. A few weeks ago, the data was sent, and we’re even told we might make the soonest edition of the World Book of Records! We’re keeping our fingers crossed, and we’ll be sure to keep our readers up to date with the latest news. To be really on top of every update, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and subscribe to our newsletter (a new edition will be sent out soon enough!).

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Many thanks to all our supporters for the wonderful year!

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!

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New Press Release: World Record Attempt Acceleration

Check out our new press release concerning the World Record Attempt here.

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Guiness World Record Attempt – Electric Acceleration

The DUT 12 has always been a spectacular car, but now, it is time to put it to the test.

On Friday, September 20th, 2013, the DUT 12 will attempt to break the world record for acceleration 0-100 km/h, in the category of electric cars. The time to beat? 2.68 seconds, sharp.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay tuned!

Location: Valkenburg Airport (Near Leiden), 1e Mientlaan, Katwijk

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Thanks to ERIKS we can assemble the car

Parts EriksThe production and assembly stage of creating a car is crucial to its success. The team is working hard so that every part is ready for assembly in the car. Many of these parts contain components the DUT members cannot produce ourselves. Other parts are produced from plastics with a wide variety of properties. With their wide supply of parts and raw materials, this is where ERIKS comes in.

ERIKS is an international supplier of mechanical engineering components with a large variety of products , supplying DUT Racing with O-rings, seals, plastics, hoses and bearings. Whenever a part is needed, the ERIKS catalogue is usually the first one to check. On top of this and arguably more importantly, ERIKS brings its 70 years of engineering knowledge to help DUT Racing to fulfil its goal, giving advice on things such as which O-ring to use and helping with finding the material with the right properties for firewalls and electrical barriers.

ERIKS has supplied the team with materials and knowledge for many years and plays a big role in the reliability of many parts; their products are being used in the accumulators, motors, transmission and also the cooling system. With the help of ERIKS, DUT racing has been building top of the edge cars and hopefully will do so for many years to come.

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Suspension holes aligned with Faro-arm

FARO-arm

The location of all the holes for the suspension,wings and roll-bars of the DUT13 were measured using a FAROArm. This was done because the highly complex shape of the monocoque and the high accuracy that has to be attained to drill the holes. A FAROArm is a measurement system in the form of a futuristic robotic arm, that can map a real-life object and compare it to a 3D model in a computer. Due to the high measurement accuracy that can be obtained by a FAROArm, it is used in the aerospace and automotive industry with companies such as Lockheed Martin, NASA, Jaguar and Aston Martin.

After coupling the FARO-arm with the 3D model of the DUT13 we can compare it with our produced monocoque and it turned out that the monocoque only deviates by 0.3 millimetres from the 3D model, so produced very accurately! Also all the holes on the monocoque were positioned with an accuracy of 0.024 millimetres to be drilled afterwards. This makes sure that all parts can be attached to the monocoque very accurately and that the DUT13 behaves like all calculations predicted.

FARO can do a lot more than measuring of complex structures like our car, they are also hired to perform measurements on crime scenes or to scan rooms that are used in videogames. We want to thank FARO for their help with the highly accurate measurements on our monocoque. With their help our DUT13 is again a step closer to winning the Formula Student competition.

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