For electric vehicle designers taking part in Formula Student events this July and August, school’s in for the summer. Three student teams from Swiss universities are competing with electric race cars they design, build and manufacture themselves. Stäubli’s ultra-reliable high-performance and flexibly configurable connectors are along for the ride.
Even before the big FIA Formula E championship race was established, Formula Student was putting its own electric race cars on the track back in 2010. This international competition is designed to be the world’s largest and most comprehensive engineering competition, with teams competing in different subareas. In the dynamic disciplines, factors like endurance, efficiency, acceleration, as well as curve and course driving are evaluated. In the static disciplines, judges look at engineering design, costs and business plans. The overall goal is to prepare the next generation of engineers for future e-mobility technologies.
Since the initial inclusion of the electric car class in the Formula Student event, the AMZ team (Academic Motorsports Club Zurich) from ETH, a Swiss university, have been a part of the competition — and since 2011, Stäubli’s highly compact, space-saving electrical connectors have been a part of their race cars. After all, the ambitious ETH team insists on using the best products for every func