Schanzer Racing Electric team’s battery construction with BFFT
Since the creation of the Schanzer Racing Electric (SRe) team from the Technical University of Ingolstadt (THI) in 2011, the Ingolstadt-based automotive engineering developer has been a strong partner of the student association. For the fourth year in a row, BFFT has allowed the SRe team to develop the newly-constructed battery in their labs. But before the electrical department could start the battery construction in Gaimersheim, a few mechanical preparations had to take place in advance at the THI. Among other things, these included the welding of individual cell stacks, alignment of the battery case, and alignment of components within the battery box. SRe was to connect the individual components into a functioning battery. For this, a few production steps and time-consuming days were needed to present the race car on RollOut in time. In addition to insulating the battery box, the final alignment of parts, and the fitting of the battery management system, the final HV acceptance took place through the responsible THI professor, Mr. Schweiger. Only then could the battery be built into the formula car and put to use.
On May 29th, after the SRe team had squeezed a few night shifts into the past weeks, the shells and the SRe15 could finally be presented to 250 invited guests at THI. Like the year before, the race car counted as lightweight because it weighed 34kg less than its predecessor overall. The monocoque has also changed greatly compared to the SRe14 and now resembles the first racing car, the Lady. With this optimization, the team wants to start off strong at the racing events in the summer. Participation at the Formula Student Italy is already ensured; as for the competition in Hockenheim and Austria, the Schanzer must still tremble on the waiting list.