Schanzer Racing Electric: Pit stop at BFFT Italy before the final sprint at the Hockenheimring
4th place at the Riccardo Paletti Circuit in Varano de ‘Melegari in Itlay, 12th place at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria – an impressive opening to the Schanzer Racing Electric (SRE) season. The Technical University of Ingolstadt (THI)’s team has been taking part in the Formula Student Electric since 2011, a mechanical design competition for students from around the world. Automotive engineering designer BFFT has also been involved from the very start, and through more than just pasting its logo on the racing cars:
The company from Gaimersheim near Ingolstadt has been the main sponsor of SRE since establishing their team. Their contract for the current 2016 season was renewed as early as June. In addition to providing all-important financial support to the student team, what the automotive technology experts provide above all is their expertise: So once more this year, SRE assembled the batteries for the new racing cars in the high-voltage workshop at BFFT. Thanks to the full commitment of the SRE team, and with the support of colleagues from BFFT, they were successfully approved by THI after just a week.
In addition to this, the partnership between BFFT and SRE is marked by a lively exchange programme. Many SRE members are undertaking, or have undertaken placements at BFFT as interns or working students. And so it was that, after the opening race in Italy, the boys and girls of SRE got to make a very special pit stop: They were allowed to use the buildings and workshops of the Italian BFFT branch in Bologna to develop their racing cars and prepare them for their next outing in Spielberg. And (almost) as important, got to use the field near the BFFT Italia building as a campsite for the whole team.
BFFT wishes the SRE team good luck for the final stretch at their home race at the Hockenheimring (August 9-14)!