Electricity in the blood

Since 2014, STÖBER Antriebstechnik has been supporting the Rennschmiede Pforzheim, which regularly participates in the Formula Student – to date with a combustion vehicle. From 2020, the team will also compete in Formula Student Electric together with STOBER. The drive specialists will provide motors, gearboxes and drive controllers for the new racecar. Together with Witzenmann, a company also based in Pforzheim providing cooling components, they are among the platinum sponsors.

The Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences has had a racing forge for ten years. Since then, the students have been celebrating regular successes on the world’s major racetracks with their cars equipped with combustion engines. Each year, they engineer and build a new car. The racer for this season was called “Emerald”. In 2020 they want to prove they have electricity in their blood and, for the first time, take part in Formula Student Electric (FSE). Their challenge is now to develop a competitive vehicle.

“Whether petrol or electricity – without sponsors, supporters and technology partners, all this would not be possible,” says Nadine Böckle, Team Leader Sponsoring at Rennschmiede. Since 2014, the financial supporters include STOBER. “At the beginning of this year, one of our students wrote his bachelor’s thesis on designing the drive train for a Formula Student vehicle at Pforzheim University,” says Nadine Böckle. “That’s how we got into conversation with STOBER. With the team’s decision to participate in the FSE in the coming season, we have intensified our cooperation”. STOBER supports the team as platinum sponsor, as the drive specialist is now also supplying tangible technology for the racecar: two rear engines with gearboxes and the necessary drive controllers. In addition, the STOBER engineers have a great deal of know-how to further develop these important components to meet the requirements.

The racing forge has been in the development phase since September. The students are currently working on the concepts and implementing them in the CAD system. Once this phase is completed, the production partners receive the 3D drawings and can get started. “When we have completed our examinations at the university in February, we will devote ourselves entirely to production,” says Böckle. The racing company intends to present the new electric car to the public in late spring 2020. The team will then extensively test the vehicle – at various events and under competitive conditions. “Of course, we are particularly looking forward to Hockenheim,” says Nadine Böckle. “That’s practically a home game for us.”

Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences

Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences


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