Vermilion Racing, one of DTU’s Blue Dot projects, is a team of 50 students building an electric race car. Founded only two years ago, the team has already proved itself by winning the Most Professional Team award at the 2019 Formula Student UK competition. The team is now looking towards the next season of Formula Student by improving the car, recruiting new students, securing funding, and much more.
Winners of the Most Professional Team award at the 2019 Formula Student UK competition.
DTU Eventure’s Formula Student Team: Vermilion Racing in the garage.
Formula Student is the largest student engineering competition in the world, annually hosting more than 10 events with +100 universities participating. In Formula Student competitions students compete in designing, manufacturing, and racing their own single seater race car.
We are not just building a race car …
Creating an electric race car from scratch gives students a possibility to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment with students from many different departments at DTU. This environment means that the students get to work in a structure similar to that of a “real world” company, giving them unique skillsets and experience beyond the regular curriculum. Designing parts that combine the knowledge of multiple courses, working closely with engineers from different disciplines, planning and meeting deadlines as far as a year into the future are just some of the challenges Vermilion Racing students face.
Formula Student gives an opportunity to get hands-on experience and follow a design all the way from the idea-phase to testing and re-engineering. Everything from the chassis, suspension and drivetrain to the high voltage battery-pack, low voltage control system and all types of safety systems are designed, manufactured, tested, and implemented by the team. The finished product is a 250 kg / 107 hp electric car, capable of reaching 100 km/h in around 3.5 seconds.
The task of designing, building and racing an electric race car is only half the project. The team also has to secure sponsorships, manage internal team-structure, create (and stay within) budgets, along with several other tasks associated with creating and running a small company. The experience and knowledge gained from managing 50 people throughout a year is highly valuable but a very rare experience for a non-graduated engineer.
In the end it all comes down to 50 dedicated students seeking knowledge, hands-on-experience, and a will to go above and beyond their expected hours at DTU. It is this passion that we believe will place Vermilion Racing and DTU among the top teams in Formula Student.
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