The excitement of design and speed

MISUMI supports Revolve NTNU in the construction of Scandinavia’s first four-wheel-driven electric car.

Formula Student is Europe’s most established educational motorsport competition. The concept was born in 1978 and is based on the idea that there is no better way to learn engineering than to do practical work and test the results. The event has significantly gained in popularity over the years, and over 120 university groups will take part in the upcoming 2016 competition. The challenge each year is to construct a fully functioning racecar within a time span of 12 months. The cars are judged on their design, cost and safety.

As MISUMI would like to empower young engineers, we decided to support the Norwegian team Revolve NTNU with MISUMI components. The Revolve NTNU team has been working on an especially captivating and future-oriented project: the construction of the first Scandinavian four-wheel-driven electric car.

About Revolve NTNU

To develop a race car from scratch in one year is both a very exciting and challenging task. NTNU’s strategy is to focus on a strong collaboration and team work. The student group comes from 13 different engineering disciplines, which results in an interdisciplinary teamwork that benefits the personal development and practical engineering knowledge of all members.

Founded in 2010, Revolve NTNU has already achieved great results in Formula student through dedication, determination and high ambitions: at their first Silverstone race in 2012, Revolve NTNU was rewarded the “Best Newcomer” award. The 2015 car pushed the technological boundaries even further: it accelerates from 0 to 100 in 2.8 seconds and weighs only 175 kg.

The MISUMI team is excited for the upcoming unveiling of the 2016 car and wishes Revolve NTNU lots of success at the Formula student competition.

Revolve NTNU Team

Have a look at a video of one of Revolve NTNU’s recent races!

Behind the scenes

Lars-Endre Johannessen, Aerodynamics Production Manager at Revolve NTNU

An interview with Lars-Endre Johannessen, Aerodynamics Production Manager at Revolve NTNU

Why did you decide to join Revolve NTNU?

The reason I wanted to join Revolve NTNU was to get more practical knowledge in addition to studying. A year in a FS team provides you with experience in advanced engineering and teamwork that no lecture ever could.  The past 8 months have been challenging and intense, but also very rewarding.  It is a thrilling experience to design and build an actual race car!

What was your teams’ biggest challenge?

We are completely dependent on our sponsors to be able to do what we do (funds, components, machining, etc.) The change in the Norwegian economy has made it challenging to acquire what we need to finish the project.  However, thanks to the hard work of the marketing group, the creativity of the team members and the loyalty of our sponsors we have been able to build the car we wanted without settling for the second best solutions.

What are you especially proud of?

One of the things that set us apart from many other FS teams is that in addition to making the car fast, we also put a lot of effort into making the car look good. When people comment that the car looks as if it was professionally built, that makes us proud. Also seeing the car race will be a proud moment.

What are you goals for the 2016 Formula student competition?

This summer we are competing at Silverstone (FSUK), RedBull Ring (FS-Austria) and Hockenheim (FS-Germany) Our goal is to be on the podium at each event. This is an ambitious goal, but we know that it is within reach. We have worked hard during testing to make sure we root out any problems with the car and get it tuned as good as possible.

MISUMI parts used for the project

Product code Picture #TYPECODE Link
PET Plate PYA-200-200-1 PET Plate PYA-200-200-1 #PYA View the product
Retaining washers DW4 Retaining washers DW4 #DW View the product
Turnbuckles STRT15 Turnbuckles STRT15 #STRT View the product
Retaining washers DW5 Retaining washers DW5 #DW View the product

The sponsored components supported the students to mount the car’s aerodynamics package, providing a rigid wing-structure for maximum grip.

The next competition dates are:

  • 14.07. – 17.07.2016 England (Silverstone)
  • 01.08. – 04.08.2016 Austria (Spielberg)
  • 09.08. – 14.08.2016 Germany (Hockenheim)
  • 24.08. – 28.08.2016 Spain (Montmeló)

Information: The races are public and are partially streamed on the internet. 

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