Chalmers Formula Student has revealed this year’s racing lining up in the world’s largest technology competition for students.
The blue CFS14 is built and designed by members of the Chalmers team.
In July and August it rolls out to race at Silverstone in the UK and Hochenheimring in Germany.
It was the 3rd of June as the Formula Student team invited to the study hall in the M building on campus Johanneberg. A hundred curious came to witness the unveiling of this year’s racing car.
– We in the team were delighted to welcome over 100 people to our event, thank you all who
came! says Ida Herbertsson, who is in charge for the communication in the team.
– The evening of mingling and cake was followed by some brief presentations about the car, the project and the team before the curtain was pulled of the car. After the car was unveiled questions and discussions followed and of course people took the chance of taking a closer look at the car, says Ida Herbertsson.
This year’s team has a lot to prove. 2012 Chalmers won the overall victory in England and a
took a third place in Germany. 2013 fared a little worse, but the season was crowned by a fine fourth place on Hochenheimring in early August.
What has evolved in the new car compared to last year?
– Last year’s car and team took a big leap forward in several innovative design areas, many of them incorporating the use of lightweight materials. This year the team has focused on refining the best parts of what we learned from CFS13 and combining that with some of the key design features of our winning CFS12, says Ida.
The team has chosen to retain last year’s engine, a Yamaha Fazer FZ6, 600cc. They have also kept the chassis construction consisting of a carbon fiber monocoque and rear space frame.
– One of the new things this year is the steering wheel that for the first time have been designed and manufactured in-house. Furthermore the size of the cockpit has increased to give the driver more space. Overall the focus of the CFS14 has been safety and adjustability, explains Ida.
Now she and the rest of the team are looking forward to this summer’s two big competition challenges. The venerable Silverstone in the UK is awaiting in mid July, and in early August, the team heads to Germany for races at the similarly prestigious Hochenheimring.
Text: Michael Nystås
Photo: Patrick Rosefors, CFS
Ida Herbertsson, Communications Manager, Chalmers Formula Student, +46 (0) 709 130 822,
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