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FSAE Michigan is the oldest and biggest Formula Student Competition.This year, the race ended with a victory for Rennteam Stuttgart with their car built using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics.
120 Teams from all over the world competed against each other in various disciplines. In the end the Rennteam Stuttgart was able to collect the most points and win the competition, a great result and payoff for months full of hard work by the team. Formula Student is the world’s largest competition for engineers, it challenges student engineers to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year. Michael Hufnagel, team leader chassis of Rennteam Stuttgart says: “With an intensive use of CFRP-parts the Rennteam was able to present its car in ready to race condition with a weight of 167 kg at the technical inspection, the lightest Rennteam car so far. By using the TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics the Rennteam was able to build very lightweight CFRP-parts”. “The TeXtreme fabric features a spread tow structure which provides the possibility of thinner layers, resulting in a fewer amount of resin needed. Also, the reduced crimp of the fibers leads to a higher strength of the composite. For the upcoming competitions, the new car was built with aerodynamic package consisting of a front wing, rear wing and an under tray with diffusor. With the use of TeXtreme fabrics the Rennteam was able to build their aerodynamic package with a total weight of only 7kg”, Hufnagel continues. TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics reduce weight of composite parts by 20-30% compared to conventional fabrics. TeXtreme has been implemented in a wide range of industries bringing weight savings, improvements of mechanical properties and giving superior surface smoothness. More information: www.textreme.com