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Increased TeXtreme usage in Formula Student

News International-French

13 Jul 2011

The 2011 Formula Student Competition has a record eight TeXtreme® sponsored teams competing with TeXtreme® reinforced race cars. These race cars have benefitted from crucial weight savings and improved performance enabled through use of TeXtreme® Spread Tow Fabrics.

Through use of TeXtreme® the teams have been able to significantly reduce weight of various composite parts. On average, most parts have benefited from a 30% weight saving. While some components have benefitted from 50-60% weight saving. The 2011 competitions have also seen an increase in the range and variety of components manufactured using TeXtreme®, some of which include: nose, nose shell, side panels, side pods, underbody, motor hood, bottom plate, diffuser, chair, footrest, pedals, battery, battery management containers, wings, and monocoque.

Formula Student is a breeding ground for world class engineers. It challenges university students from around the world to design and build a single-seat racing car. These cars are then put to test at the famous Silverstone and Hockenheim circuits.

“TeXtreme® Spread Tow Fabrics are used to make ultra light composites. So it is very pleasing to see that the teams have been able to significantly improve their cars and reduce weight of their composites parts. We are happy that TeXtreme® is a contributing part of this development. The young engineers in the teams are very open to new innovative materials, eager to learn and they are the ones that will lead the composites development in the future. Therefore we feel supporting them with our unique Spread Tow Fabrics is quite obvious”, says Henrik Blycker, CEO of Oxeon.

In 2011, the competition will take place between 13-17 July at Silverstone and between 2-7 August at Hockenheim.

The TeXtreme® sponsored teams in the 2011 competitions are:

• Baltic Racing Team (University of Applied Sciences Stralsund, Germany)
• Chalmers Formula Student (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
• Clear River Racing (Karlstad University, Sweden)
• KA Racing (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
• Lions Racing Team (Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany)
• Raceyard Kiel (University of Applied Sciences Kiel, Germany)
• TU Fast Munich (Technical University Munich, Germany)
• TUW Racing (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)

Oxeon wishes all the teams best of luck in the competitions.

About Oxeon
Founded 2003 in Sweden, Oxeon has quickly established itself as the market leader in Spread Tow Reinforcements. Use of these spread tow carbon reinforcements increases the mechanical performance of composite material products and reduces the weight. Utilization of Oxeon’s TeXtreme® Spread Tow Fabrics and TeXtreme® Spread Tow Tapes by manufacturers of advanced aerospace, automotive, industrial and sports products in applications that have critical material performance requirements has affirmed the significance of Oxeon’s ultra light materials.

About Formula Student
Formula Student is Europe's most established educational motorsport competition. The competition aims to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers. Universities from across the globe are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car in order to compete in static and dynamic events, which demonstrate their understanding and test the performance of the vehicle. Students are to assume that a manufacturing firm has engaged them to produce a prototype car for evaluation. In addition to technical skills, students acquire management, marketing and people skills - so vital across all sectors of employment.


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