4-cylinder era (2000 – 2002) Founded in 2000 by two students at the TU Delft, the team started their first racing adventure in the summer of 2001. With a group of just 20 students, the team managed to come up with a competitive 4 cylinder open-wheel racing car, which ended up winning a second place in the rookie championship. DUT Racing competed again with the same 4-cylinder philosophy the next year with both the old 2001 car and the new DUT02 at Bruntingthorpe in the United Kingdom. This time a nice midfield position was the result.
Lightweight (2003-2005) The year 2003 is a breaking point in the DUT Racing philosophy. The team came up with a new idea on how a Formula Student car should be designed. Up until then, cars were built with the maximum available power plant that regulations would allow. With a maximum cylinder capacity of 600cc, this meant that teams would use 4-cylinder 600cc engines. The DUT Racing team designed their 2003 car for a lower power standard by using a lighter 530cc KTM 1-cylinder engine. By applying the philosophy of ‘less is more’ the team managed to build a car of less than 140 kilograms, where the competition would weigh in at no less than 220 kilograms. Due to this difference in weight, without losing out on performance, the team won the design engineering award for the first time. In the next three years, the team would optimize their lightweight concept, eventually resulting in top results in 2006.
First results (2006-2007) During the first 6 years, the team had grown significantly. With over 60 students, the team was the biggest TU Delft student project. The 2006 season would bring the first big success to the Delft team since the Design Award in 2003. With a third place in the new Formula Student competition at the hockenheimring, Germany, the team got their first podium finish. The 2007 season brought another success, with the team managing a second place in the FISITA World Championship at Silverstone Circuit, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.
E85 (2008-2010) As of 2008, the team redesigned their 1-cylinder lightweight concept to a greener and faster fuel. Having used normal petrol for over 7 years, the team set herself a new challenge by rebuilding the Yamaha WR450F to an Ethanol (E85) powered engine. First tests on the new concept where conducted by driving the 2007 car (DUT07) with the new engine in the FSAE Michigan competition at the Michigan International Speedway, Michigan, USA. Due to a small problem the car did not finish the race, but the concept did prove itself. The ethanol powered generation of DUT racing cars (DUT08, DUT09, DUT10), was successful. In the 2008 season, the team came in second at Formula Student UK and won the Formula Student Germany competition. In the 2009 year, the team was successful again in the UK by coming in second for the third year in a row. In 2010, the team won the Formula Student Germany competition for the second time.
Electricity (2011- ..) After years of loud, fuel burning machines the competition changed and so did DUT Racing. With the introduction of an electrical class in 2010 at the Formula Student UK and Formula Student Germany competition, several top-level teams made the switch to the new power source. The performance showed by the electric cars in the 2010 season, made the DUT Racing team change to the new class in 2011. Not only did the performance play a part in the decision, also the challenge of redesigning almost every part of the car and thus challenging the students in their engineering capability played a big role in the switch to electricity. And with success: the 2011 is the most successful season for the team up until now. With the DUT11, the team won both the UK and Germany event. The DUT12 was the second electric car of the DUT Racing team. The biggest difference compared to the DUT11 was the four-wheel drive system. This made it possible to use the brake energy from all wheels to recharge the batteries, thus making the car more efficient. With a second place at Formula Student UK and another win at Formula Student Germany, the electric drive was again proving successful. With a time of 3,45 seconds on the acceleration test (0-75 meter), the car even set the shortest acceleration time ever by a Formula Student race car.
Future For the coming season, the DUT Racing team will have some new features on the car. The DUT13 will be the first DUT Racing car on which an extensive research has been conducted for aerodynamics. At the design presentation on 19th of December 2012, the team unvieled their new design and spoke of using an experimental aerodynamical underside that uses the venturi effect. Furthermore, a front and rearwing will be added on the car for the 2013 season. The concept of electricity and fourwheel drive remains similar to the DUT 12.