The KVI Mechanical Engineering department is producing complex parts for an innovative racing car of the Hanzehogeschool (the Groningen University of Applied Sciences). The car is being developed by a team of 45 students of the Hanze Racing Dvision (HARD). The racing car, running on biogas, will participate in August in the Baltic Open Formula Student event in Darmstadt, Germany.
KVI was approached by the group of students, because they were in search of a 5-ax CNC milling machine and a CAD/CAM coupling. The KVI Mechanical Engineering department avails of this expertise and was willing to collaborate.
The Mechanical Engineering department is a technical support department at KVI, at which design engineers design mechanical equipment and instrument-makers produce products. In this way helping their customers to find answers to their scientific questions. The department uses high-end machinery and design software.
KVI accelerates particles, HARD accelerates cars. Therefore the link was made quickly. The team of students is building a racing car on biogas (CNG). HARD is the first Formula Student team of a Dutch university if applied sciences and it is building its second racing car this year.
In the Formula Student competition, 450 universities are active worldwide in building a racing car. With this car, they participate at one of the 10 annual locations. In order to be competitive, the teams are forced to be more innovative than their competitors.
In the framework of this innovativeness, HARD is putting much effort in weight reduction of the racing car. For the most part, light-weight materials like aluminum and carbon are applied and if possible materials are removed. The racing car will be ready in July, so that it will be able to participate in August in the event in Darmstadtt.
> Follow the developments on the website of HARD (in Dutch).
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