The DUT Racing Team 2011/2012 consists out of 75 team members who will work together to produce a new, faster, more efficient and reliable racecar. Industrial designers, aerospace engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, first year students, PhD’s, foreign and domestic they all work together on this project. This makes the DUT Racing Team the largest and most varying team of the TU Delft and the competition.
The main goal of the team is education. Every year many new students start on a year of Formula Student, most of them have no or very little experience in designing and building a race car. Even though, they are allowed and needed to design a part of the car in their first year. Therefore colleges and workshops are organized at the start of every season to teach the team vital knowledge and skills. Older members of the team will assist the newcomers during the year, assuring the quality of the work and further educating the new engineers. Most members indicate that their year, or years, was one of the most educating experiences of their study.
Building a car with 75 people, of which about 30 new students, and only one year of time, requires good teamwork. Cooperation is extremely important to ensure all parts are finished in time and fit with the other parts, there is no room for errors. Therefore the team also invests time and means in teambuilding activities. Regular kart-outings, team weekends and presence at ‘t Hok (the office) improve atmosphere and communication. All our efforts don’t go unnoticed by other teams and the organization of events, in the previous three years the team won the team spirit award three times.
A very important topic in science en society is sustainability. With the current change of environment everything should become increasingly efficient. The DUT Racing Team understands the importance of sustainability and therefore takes on the challenge to produce an electric Formula Student car.
Overall, the DUT Racing Team is one of the top teams in the Formula Student competition. We educate top engineers, have a good team, show good sportsmanship, have a leading role in sustainable racing and win at important events!