Things are about to get electric
Our 50th anniversary is SO much more than one day! Aside from our biggest ever events programme, the year is packed with interesting projects. We’ve loved finding out about one of our fastest: Team Bath Racing Electric.
Team Bath Racing Electric (TBRe) is the University’s electric entry in the Formula Student international student engineering competition. The team was founded about a year ago by a small group of final year engineering students who believed in the importance of electric vehicle technology for the future of sustainable mobility. They were also crazy about racing….!
Antonio Pessanha, from the team, explains:
“The project began with the development of an electric go-kart. Our aim was to replace the go-kart’s original petrol engine with an electric motor. We succeeded. The project gave us hands-on working knowledge of the electrical systems and proved the feasibility of our wider goal: to develop a fully electric race car in time for the 2016 Formula Student event at Silverstone.
“The 12 months that followed were hectic. Time had to be split between setting up the team (i.e. recruitment, funding, sponsorships…) and the development of the car. Many sleepless nights later, we were able to take TBRe16 to Silverstone in July. The valuable feedback we obtained during the event from the technical design judges will be incorporated into next year’s car, marking the beginning of a cycle of knowledge transfer that will continue for many years to come.”
On 7th October this year, TBRe held their official launch. The team opened their brand new build room and showcased their 2017 goals and long-term vision to over 70 enthusiastic engineering students. The team has rapidly tripled in size and now has approximately 30 students from a range of year groups and disciplines, including a dedicated business team which will allow the technical team to focus exclusively on designing the next car – TBRe17.
Antonio Pessanha went on to say “2017 is set to be a game-changing year for our project. We want to become the top electric team in the UK, setting the foundations for continued electric vehicle research and development here. Our successes so far would not have been possible without the support given by the Faculty of Engineering and Team Bath Racing (TBR) – thank you!”
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