The URE13. Photo | Bart van Overbeeke

URE on track for competitive jubilee year

University Racing Eindhoven presented its latest electric racing car on Friday evening. As the student team is celebrating its fifteenth year, all the stops were pulled out on the square named 18 Septemberplein. With demos of old vehicles and ultimately of the new racer, the public in the city center was entertained well, despite the mediocre weather.

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photo Bart van Overbeeke

For the first time in years, URE has a working car at the presentation. Despite the presentation being held a little later than usual this season, the team is on schedule. “We have already managed to clock up 250 test kilometers,” explained team manager Dennis de Niel, “we'd usually reach that number a month later. In principle, we are five weeks ahead of last year's schedule."

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And really that is all there is to say about the major innovation made to the URE13, since not a lot about the racing car has been changed, aside from the color scheme, which this time around includes a little more white. Nonetheless, with a car that has undergone further development and is ready at just the right time, URE thinks it can do good business.

De Niel: “In our cycle we have put the emphasis on plenty of testing: one-third development, one-third construction and one-third testing, in order to work through the car's teething troubles. For the rest, the innovations this year are mainly in the engine cooling and vehicle algorithms (which control the engines. ed.), and we have again made the chassis and aerodynamics lighter.”

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It has worked out well that URE is ready a little earlier than usual this season because more competitions than ever are scheduled. With races in the Netherlands, Hungary, Germany and Spain, the racing team once again has big ambitions.

Delays to self-driving car

At the presentation of the URE13 on Friday evening there is no sign of the racing team's major new project: the self-driving car. The ambitious plan, which includes this year's objective of doing demonstrations before racing in the coming years, has run into some delay.

“For the self-driving car, the aim was not to drive at this event, but during Dutch Technology Week. It is a two-year project and because it is completely new for us, we admittedly underestimated a couple of things. In addition, it involves a lot of work for the team, which can only be done at the expense of the other car. In weighing up the alternatives, we've given priority to the regular electric car in recent weeks. Racking up its test kilometers is our most important consideration at the moment,” explained De Niel, who did say, however, that the self-driving car should be ready to give a demonstration in August or September.

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