Formula Student Teams: Success on the Race Track Through Virtual Training
Even in the Corona pandemic, all Formula Student teams are highly motivated to bring a fast and reliable vehicle to the starting line. Vector is currently supporting around 50 teams at home and abroad. But only with hardware and software you cannot reach the finish line. It needs know-how and experience to gain a decisive advantage.
The three-day training course for Formula Student developers was held by experienced trainers from the VectorAcademy and conveyed basic knowledge as well as lots of tips and tricks to master networking in racing cars. Specifically, the course covered measuring, analyzing and simulating with CANoe, the use of data loggers and evaluating measured data with vSignalyzer. The exchange among the teams is also encouraged and new contacts were made.
Due to corona regulations, the training sessions at the end of October and beginning of November did not take place in the new, state-of-the-art Vector training center in Stuttgart, but as virtual training in front of the screen. However, this did not detract from the learning success.
Formula Student Germany - Supported by Vector Since 2009
In the Formula Student Germany - what is probably the largest student design competition - teams compete against each other in three categories: combustion engine, electric drive and autonomous vehicles. Since 2009, Vector has been supporting many teams with analysis, test and measurement data evaluation tools, network interfaces, data loggers and expertise. Vector’s goal is to support the high level of commitment of the students with a practice-oriented education.
In 2019, about 3,500 students in 119 teams participated, coming from a total of 25 nations - among others from all over Europe. Teams from North America and Asia are also participating.
In order to bring a competitive racing car to the track within a year, interdisciplinary cooperation and agile product development processes are necessary - tools for the students that are also extremely helpful later in their professional lives.