InMotion smashes electric track record at Zandvoort4 June 2017
InMotion, the student team from TU/e and Fontys, has taken the track record for electric vehicles at Circuit Park Zandvoort. In the capable hands of racing driver Beitske Visser, IM/e completed the circuit in 1.48,371, an improvement of over 16 seconds. A top speed of 240 kilometers per hour was recorded.
This is a sweet success for InMotion, which for some time now has been chasing the record at the dune-side circuit. After a difficult period, the team got its car up and running in February, and has now achieved the first important milestone in the Road to Le Mans challenge. During the Jumbo Race Days - two weeks before the record attempt - the team already completed a couple of laps on the circuit for the first time, but made no serious attempt to post the fastest time.
The track record at Germany's Nürburgring, which the team has always cherished, is not currently on the to do list. Team spokesperson Arthur van der Werf says, “At the moment the car is not capable of sustaining the speed necessary to achieve a fast lap time over the 20.8 kilometer Nordschleife (North Loop)”. In practice a fast lap time involves not one but three circuits: one to get out of the pits and warm up the tires, a timed lap, and a lap to get back to the pits. “What's more it is very difficult to book practice time there.”
If the team has any say in the matter, this won't be the last track record InMotion achievea. “For the time being we intend to focus on this region: Zolder, Assen and possibly the F1 circuits Spa Francorshamps and Silverstone. Nothing is set in stone, but that's what we are working on right now.”
For a while now, TU/e student Guido Buntinx and his friend Christophe Westerveld (student of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences) have been attracting a lot of attention with their 'electric beer crates'. Limburg's regional TV station and the TV news program Editie NL also got wind of their creative initiative. The short internet videos showing them riding along on the public highways have been watched multiple times.
The Department of Applied Physics needs to make significant savings: one million euros on a total annual budget of nine million. This was announced last week Wednesday by Departmental Dean Gerrit Kroesen at a staff meeting. The draft reorganization plan must be ready by the end of November and, says Kroesen, compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out. The Departmental Council is holding talks today with the Departmental Office.
The fourth day of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia has come to an end and Solar Team Eindhoven is clearly leading the Cruiser Class. Despite earlier transport problems and the limited window for testing on site, TU/e solar car Stella Vie is performing in the outback “far beyond expectations”. With some 900 kilometers to go, a third world title seems almost a dead cert for the team from Eindhoven - but this is no time for complacency.
At this university there are students who are not taking any classes, but they are still forced to pay the full sum of their tuition fee. How is that? When you take a look at what they are doing instead of following courses, their reasons become clear. They form one of the most important cornerstones of the TU/e, they are the student board members and part of student teams.
TU/e has made a considerable leap in the prestigious international Times Higher Education World University Rankings that focus on the subject areas Engineering & Technology and Computer Science. TU/e belongs to the fifteen and eighteen best European universities on these subjects respectively. The THE ranking forms an important yardstick for government departments, policymakers and international students.