This year our team is building the DUT21 from the ground up. We start with designing in September and production starts in January. With joint effort from all the departments, we are able to build a high-tech electric Formula car. The skills of each member contribute to the succes of the team. Within 8 months we make sure all parts perform to spec and work well together, this enables us to create the ultimate performing machine.
After a successful first year in the Driverless competitions, the collaboration with MIT Driverless was continued. Using the same car as last year, this year’s goal was to increase the car's velocity drastically. A brand new steering actuator was installed and an extra set of stereo cameras was added to the sensor suite of the car. The main onboard computer was replaced and moved to a different position, making it possible to refit the original aerodynamics package. Large parts of the autonomous software system were replaced and improved, increasing the robustness of the system by a large margin. Unfortunately, COVID-19 hit the world hard and all competitions were cancelled. To still be able to race against other teams, part of the team set out to create an online virtual driverless competition, FSOnline, in collaboration with FSEast and FSN. This event was a huge success, in which the autonomous system of the DUT20d finished second!
Removing the driver
The DUT18d was the first driverless car to compete in the Formula Student Driverless competitions, produced collaboratively by Formula Student Team Delft and MIT Driverless. To replace the eyes, the brain and hands of the driver, the car was retrofitted with a steering actuator, several powerful computing units, GPS, multiple cameras and a lidar sensor. Lots of complex software was written to detect the cones and steer the car around the track, making it fully autonomous. And the hard work paid off! The DUT18d became second at FSI and third at FSG! Amazing results for a first-time competitor.
A year of changes
The DUT19 was a year of change. With a completely new chassis which was longer and narrower to create more space for bigger wings we wanted to prove that focusing on aero will make the difference. A new packaging was realised with new dimensions for the accumulator. For the first time we created a carbon fibre seat based on human 3d scans of our drivers and last but not least the black and blue livery. The car delivered various records like a world record on the Wet Skidpad and an overall win at FSN. The statics were excellent too with an overall statics score win in FSEast and one of the best scores of all time in FSAE history over 3 competitions for the Business Plan Presentation with 224 out of 225 points.
After the DUT17 showed its potential throughout the season, it was up to the DUT18 to translate this potential into further results. It lived up to expectations by winning Formula Student East, before running into unfortunate issues that put us out of contention in Austria and Germany. Besides a complete overhaul of the aerodynamic design, the team also spent a lot of resources on improving in the static events, resulting in a world record 317 out of 325 points at Formula Student Germany!
Car and Driver
With the DUT17, the team decided to focus not only on maximising the potential of the car, but also ensuring that our drivers are actually able to consistently achieve this peak performance. A strong emphasis was placed on ergonomics and driver feedback, leading to a powerful combination of man and machine. Add to that our signature 14.5' wheels, a redesigned aero kit and overall design evolution, and the DUT17 truly becomes a car to remember.
Taking it Laterally
The intricate aerodynamics that featured on our last few cars have been taken to a new level with the DUT16. This car produces so much downforce that we were able to achieve 3.5 G's while cornering, about as much as a GP2 car! We won formula student Spain with this incredible machine, which also continued the theme of a lightweight design and advanced wheel integrated motors.
Back on Top
An evolution of the DUT14, the DUT15 is our most successful competition car to date. Once again equipped with the Apollo tyres, and, among other things, a redesigned aero package, this car cruised to victory at both Formula Student UK and Formula Student Germany, propelling Formula Student Team Delft to #1 in the world ranking in the process. The bar was set high for the DUT16.
Size Does Matter
The DUT14 was our first car to feature our (now signature) small Apollo tyres. Not only does the smaller diameter offer considerable advantages to the car's performance, we were also able to develop our own compound for maximum grip in both wet and dry conditions. This car finished third at formula student Germany, second at formula student Austria and first at formula student UK.
Now with 12 years of experience, and taking a cue from some of the most successful racing cars of all time, the team let the DUT13 grow wings. The first of our cars to integrate an aero package in its design, the DUT13 proved to be an extremely competitive racer, placing high in events at FSUK, arriving second overall at Formula Student Austria, and finishing as champions in Germany.
The DUT12 was the first of our cars to feature a four wheel drive system, with each wheel being powered by its own motor. The extra regenerative braking that this system offered saved a lot of weight as it meant we could use a smaller accumulator. The total weight lost (30 kg's) meant this car's acceleration was unmatched. With a 0-100 km/h time of 2.15 seconds we held the world record for fastest accelerating electric car at the time!
Sound of Silence
Starting a tradition that would continue to this day, the DUT11 was our very first electric-powered car, and what a car it was. Despite being our first attempt at constructing an electric racer, the DUT11 was an instant success, winning both the Formula Student UK and Formula Student Germany, in the process proving to be the team's most reliable car at the time.
Going Out With a Bang
The DUT10 was our last car to be powered by an internal combustion engine. It ended the legacy in style, once again winning at Formula Student Germany competition. Apart from being the fastest car at the competition, winning the autocross, endurance and fuel efficiency events, the car was also the lightest, weighing in at 137kg.
Coming off the success of the DUT08, and faced with new stricter design rules, the team once again redesigned the car from the inside out. The result was the DUT09, our first car with completely in-house designed and assembled electronics. Despite being larger than last year's competitor, the DUT09 was a whole 10kg lighter, and the team's efforts were rewarded with a silver finish at FSUK.
A New Champion
The design philosophy of the DUT07 was carried over to our 2008 competitor, but almost all the parts were radically redesigned. This resulted in our first overall competition winning car; the DUT08. Amongst the impressive results of this historic car was a clean sweep of the difficult endurance and fuel efficiency events.
Evolving from the promising DUT06, our 2007 competitor performed even better. Consistently high scores across the board at Formula Student UK guaranteed the team it's first silver trophy. Unfortunately, in Germany the results were not as encouraging, with the car not being able to finish the Endurance event. Nonetheless, the DUT07 remains dear to our hearts as our first top 2 finish.
On the Podium
After coming close with the DUT04 and DUT05 this car was our first overall podium finisher in a formula student competition. Thanks to wins in the business presentation and skidpad events and steady results all-round the DUT06 scored a third place at Formula Student Germany!
Our lightest car to date, the DUT05 weighed a mere 122kg. Once again achieving a top 2 finish in the FSUK Engineering Design event, the racer unfortunately did not perform as well in other events, finishing 19th overall. However, despite this result, the team were eager to come back better than ever next season.
Yabba Dabba Doo
The 2004 Formula Student rules allowed for a truly unique car design by not including a mandatory side impact structure. This means that we were able to create a very thin and again lightweight car, known affectionately as the "Flintstone Car". The DUT04 proved very succesfull at Formula Student UK, running in the top three until a problem during the endurance event saw the team drop back to an overall tenth place.
Adapting a radically new design strategy, this year our team decided to focus first and foremost on making the car as light as possible. Strategies such as implementing systems engineering techniques and using a 1-cylinder engine paid off. The result was a truly spectacular car weighing only 135kg (cars weighed 225kg on average that year), winning the Engineering Design event of FSUK.
Our 2002 car, the DUT02, continued the design strategy started by the DUT01 and took it to the next level. By using more composite materials and paying extra attention to details the team managed to make the car 15 kg's lighter, whilst gaining an extra 6 horsepower! The DUT02 also has the highest top speed of all our formula student cars, clocking in at 231 km/h.
Where it all began
Formula Student Team Delft was created in 1999, and in the space of just one year, our dedicated crew managed to get the team off the ground, gather sponsors, and construct a functioning racing car. Our first effort, the DUT01, affectionately named "Betsy", did not endure the most successful competition season, but nonetheless placed 1st among the rookies (first-time competitors) at Formula Student UK making them rookie of the year!