DUT Racing

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Netherlands DUT Racing
Full name Delft University of Technology Racing Team
Base Delft, Netherlands
51°59′58.5″N 4°22′35″E / 51.999583°N 4.37639°E / 51.999583; 4.37639Coordinates: 51°59′58.5″N 4°22′35″E / 51.999583°N 4.37639°E / 51.999583; 4.37639
Team principal(s) Netherlands Tim de Moree
Technical director Netherlands Marinus van der Meijs
Website dutracing.nl
2014 Formula Student Season
Race drivers

Belgium Tim de Morée
NetherlandsMarinus van der Meijs
BelgiumMarly Kuijpers
BelgiumMatthias Baert


NorwayArwin Khoshnewiszadeh
Current Model DUT14
Chassis 2014 Aluminum Honeycomb Monocoque
Motors 4x Custom AMK 28 kW
Tyres Apollo 14.5 x 7.25-10
Electronics Self-designed ECU, Battery Management System and sensor nodes
Formula Student World Championship
Debut 2001 Formula Student UK
Latest race 2013 Formula Student Austria
Competitions competed 13x Formula Student UK
8x Formula Student Germany
1x FSAE Michigan
1x Formula Student Austria
Competition victories 2011 Formula Student UK
2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Formula Student Germany
Design awards 2003, 2009, 2011, 2012 Formula Student UK
2009, 2012, 2013 Formula Student Germany
Current World Ranking (electric) 2nd (as of 2013-12-12) [1]
Highest World Ranking (electric) 1st (as of 2011-08-07) [1]
Highest World Ranking (combustion) 3rd (2009-07-19) [2]

Delft University of Technology Racing team, trading as DUT Racing or Formula Student Team Delft, is a Dutch Formula Student team based in Delft. DUT Racing is known for constructing lightweight Formula Student racing cars and has been competing in the global Formula Student competition for over a decade. Having won Formula Student UK once (2011) and Formula Student Germany five times (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), DUT Racing is one of the top teams competing in Formula Student at the moment.[2]

Team philosophy[edit]

Team composition[edit]

The DUT Racing Team consists of roughly 85 team members who work together to design and produce a fast, efficient and reliable racecar in less than a year. All team members are students at the TU Delft, and vary from undergraduates up to PhD students. This makes the DUT Racing Team one of the largest and most varied teams of the TU Delft and the competition.

Education[edit]

The main goal of the team is education. By applying the theoretical skills taught at the Delft University of Technology, the teammembers learn valuable skills, not only in the technical areas, but also in areas such as teamwork and communication. Lectures and workshops are organized at the start of every season to teach the team members vital knowledge and skills on engineering a race car. Older members of the team will assist the newcomers during the year, thus assuring the quality of work.[3]

Racing history[edit]

4-cylinder era (2000–2002)[edit]

Founded in 2000 by two students at the TU Delft, the team started their first racing adventure in the summer of 2001. With a group of 20 students, the team managed to come up with a competitive 4 cylinder open-wheel racing car, which ended up finishing as the second best newcomer.[4]
DUT Racing competed again with the same 4-cylinder philosophy the next year with both the old 2001 car and the new DUT02 at Bruntingthorpe in the United Kingdom. This time a nice midfield position was the result.

Lightweight (2003-2005)[edit]

Due to extreme lightweight and 'out-of-the-box thinking' solutions on the car, the rules changed the very next year. The year 2003 is a breaking point in the DUT Racing philosophy. The team came up with a new idea on how a Formula Student car should be designed. Up until then, cars were built with the maximum available power plant that regulations would allow. With a maximum cylinder capacity of 600cc, this meant that teams would use 4-cylinder 600cc engines. The DUT Racing team designed their 2003 car for a lower power standard by using a lighter 530cc KTM 1-cylinder engine. By applying the philosophy of 'less is more' the team managed to build a car of less than 140 kilograms, where the competition would weigh in at no less than 220 kilograms.[5]

Due to this difference in weight, without losing on performance, the team won the design engineering award for the first time. In the next three years, the team would optimize their lightweight concept, eventually resulting in top results in 2006.

First results (2006-2007)[edit]

During the first 6 years, the team had grown significantly. With over 60 students, the team was the biggest TU Delft student project.
The 2006 season would bring the first big success to the Delft team since the Design Award in 2003. With a third place in the new Formula Student competition at the Hockenheimring, Germany, the team got their first podium finish.

The 2007 season brought another success, with the team managing a second place in the FISITA World Championship at Silverstone Circuit, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.

E85 (2008-2010)[edit]

As of 2008, the team redesigned their 1-cylinder lightweight concept to a greener and faster fuel, E85. Having used normal petrol for over 7 years, the team set itself a new challenge by convertingb the Yamaha WR450F engine to an Ethanol (E85) powered engine. First tests on the new concept were conducted by driving the 2007 car (DUT07) with the new engine in the FSAE Michigan competition at the Michigan International Speedway, Michigan, USA.[6] Due to a small problem the car did not finish the race, but the concept did prove itself.

The ethanol powered generation of DUT racing cars (DUT08, DUT09, DUT10), was successful. In the 2008 season, the team came in second at Formula Student UK and won the Formula Student Germany competition. In the 2009 year, the team was successful again in the UK by coming in second for the third year in a row. In 2010, the team won the Formula Student Germany competition for the second time.

Electricity (2011 - Current)[edit]

After years of loud, fuel burning machines, the competition changed and so did DUT Racing. With the introduction of an electric class in 2010 at the Formula Student UK and Formula Student Germany competition, several top-level teams made the switch to the new power source.[7] The performance showed by the electric cars in the 2010 season, made the DUT Racing team change to the new class in 2011. Not only did the performance play a part in the decision, the challenge of redesigning almost every part of the car and thus challenging the students in their engineering capability also played a big role in the switch to electrically powered cars. And with success: 2011 is the most successful season for the team up until now. With the DUT11, the team won both the UK and Germany event.

The DUT12 was the second electric car of the DUT Racing team. The biggest difference compared to the DUT11 was the four-wheel drive system. This made it possible to use the brake energy from all wheels to recharge the batteries, thus making the car more efficient. With a second place at Formula Student UK and another win at Formula Student Germany, the electric drive was again proving successful. With a time of 3,45 seconds on the acceleration test (0-75 meter), the car set the quickest acceleration time by a Formula Student race car. [8] The time was beaten by the ETH Zurich car (0-75m in 3,210s) at the Formula SAE Italy competition in September 2013.[9] Later on, in September 2013, the DUT12 would set a Guinness World Record for acceleration of an electric car, by reaching 100 km/h in 2.13 seconds.[10]

In 2013, the DUT13 got an aerodynamics package, something the team up until then had never experimented with. Featuring 4-wheel drive, the car now also disposed of a front wing, rear wing and undertray, significantly improving the traction of the car. Additionally, part of the electronics were changed, improving the traction control features and yaw rate controllers. The team won again the Formula Student competition in Germany, and placed second in the competition in Austria.

Formula Student results[2][edit]

(bold indicates championships won. As of 2011 the World Ranking is Electric specific)

Season Competitions Venue Car Tyres Propulsion Result World Ranking Position
2013 Formula Student Austria Red Bull Ring DUT13 H 4 AMK Electric motors 2nd (834 pts) 2nd (=)
2013 Formula Student Germany Electric Hockenheimring DUT13 H 4 AMK Electric motors Champion (843 pts) 2nd (=)
2013 Formula Student UK (Class 1) Silverstone Circuit DUT13 H 4 AMK Electric motors 13th (534 pts) 2nd (down-arrow)
2012 Formula Student Germany Electric Hockenheimring DUT12 H 4 AMK Electric motors Champion (933 pts) 1st (=)
2012 Formula Student UK (Class 1) Silverstone Circuit DUT12 H 4 AMK Electric motors 2nd (848 pts) 1st (=)
2011 Formula Student Germany Electric Hockenheimring DUT11 H 2 AMK Electric motors Champion (909 pts) 1st (Up-arrow)
2011 Formula Student UK (Class 1A) Silverstone Circuit DUT11 H 2 AMK Electric motors Champion (910 pts) 2nd (New in Electric Ranking)
2010 Formula Student Germany Combustion Hockenheimring DUT10 H Yamaha WR450F Champion (867 pts) 10th (Up-arrow)
2010 Formula Student UK (Class 1) Silverstone Circuit DUT10 H Yamaha WR450F 18th (528 pts) 23rd (down-arrow)
2009 Formula Student Germany Combustion Hockenheimring DUT09 H Yamaha WR450F 18th (615 pts) 11th (down-arrow)
2009 Formula Student UK (Class 1) Silverstone Circuit DUT09 H Yamaha WR450F 2nd (786 pts) 3rd (Up-arrow)
2008 Formula Student Germany Combustion Hockenheimring DUT08 H Yamaha WR450F Champion (920 pts) 6th (Up-arrow)
2008 Formula Student UK (Class 1) Silverstone Circuit DUT08 H Yamaha WR450F 2nd (752 pts) 21st (Up-arrow)
2008 FSAE Michigan Michigan International Speedway DUT07 H Yamaha WR450F 23rd (534 pts) 37th (down-arrow)
2007 Formula Student Germany Combustion Hockenheimring DUT07 H Yamaha WR450F 21st (501 pts) 32nd (down-arrow)
2007 Formula Student UK (Class 1) Silverstone Circuit DUT07 H Yamaha WR450F 2nd (889 pts) 8th (Up-arrow)
2006 Formula Student Germany Combustion Hockenheimring DUT06 L Yamaha WR450F 3rd (808 pts) 37th (Up-arrow)
2006 Formula Student UK (Class 1) Silverstone Circuit DUT06 L Yamaha WR450F 23rd (423 pts) 93rd (down-arrow)
2005 Formula Student UK (Class 1) Bruntingthorpe DUT05 L Yamaha WR450F 19th (442 pts) 80th (down-arrow)
2004 Formula Student UK (Class 1) Bruntingthorpe DUT04 L Yamaha WR450F 10th (517 pts) 64th (Up-arrow)
2003 Formula Student UK (Class 3) Bruntingthorpe DUT04 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2003 Formula Student UK (Class 1) Bruntingthorpe DUT03 G KTM 530 21st (303 pts) 92nd (down-arrow)
2002 Formula Student UK (Class 1-200) Bruntingthorpe DUT01 A Yamaha YZF-R6 20th (345 pts) 64th (=)
2002 Formula Student UK (Class 1) Bruntingthorpe DUT02 A Yamaha YZF-R6 16th (485 pts) 64th (Up-arrow)
2001 Formula Student UK (Class 1) NEC Birmingham DUT01 A Yamaha YZF-R6 20th (181 pts) 109th (New in Ranking)

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