THE CORE TEAM
Pieter-Bas de Potter
Finance & Operations Manager
Andrea Boroni Grazioli
Chief Electrical Systems
Chief Suspension & Drivetrain
Hugo van Dijk
Chief Vehicle Dynamics
Max Menno Robertson
The Management Team is responsible for the overall project. They ensure that the team has all of the resources they need. Next to that, they make inter-department decisions to make sure that we reach our team goal. They hold oversight over the resources (Finances and Operations), the time available (Project), the technical quality (Chief Engineer) and the people (Team).
The aerodynamics department is in charge of the airflow around the car. They use computational fluid dynamics and test data to optimize the shape of the chassis and design wings and diffusers which maximize downforce and funnel air for cooling. Due to the strict regulations the formula student competition places on aerodynamics, our aero engineers have to be exceptionally creative.
Baptiste van Hille
The chassis department is one of the most versatile in all of Formula Student team Delft, using the expertise of many studies, from mechanical engineering to industrial design. The chassis is designed in detail, incorporating factors such as weight, stiffness and ergonomics. In this process making trade offs is key, for example you can make the car as stiff as you want, but by doing so you're adding weight, so finding the perfect balance between advantages from stiffness and disadvantages from weight is essential to the performance of the car.
Niels van der Horst
David Canosa Ybarra
Embedded software writes all of the code which runs on every one of the circuits in the car (there are many circuit boards). While it is easy to spot a broken suspension rod, software problems are more difficult to detect and can be more devastating than issues in most other departments. Fortunately our software team is made up of particularly diligent individuals who ensure our car runs reliably come race time.
Juan Esteban Molano
Where a conventional car has a engine to gearbox and driveshaft to get the power from the engine to the wheels, in our racers the system is a little different. Our drivetrain department has continued to innovate over the past years, finding new ways to deliver our power, which now happens through a set of planet gears in a bespoke inner wheel concept. This out-of-the-box mentality is a standout feature for our drivetrain department and its engineers, with a constant strive to increase efficiency and decrease weight.
Troy 't Mannetje
Manabendra Nath Das
Connected directly to the motors of the drivetrain, is the powertrain. The powertrain transforms the car from just a rolling chassis to a full blown formula student race car. The powertrain department is responsible for the motor controllers and accumulator. The accumulator stores the energy the car needs to complete the 22 km’s of endurance at the competition, and is one of the most complex, and strictly governed (by the rules) assemblies of the car. The motor controllers transform the dc current from the accumulator to the ac current required by the motors. They also contain a large variety of control systems to maximize the car's performance. These motorcontrollers are being designed and tested in house by the powertrain department.
In order for the team to successfully design a new car from scratch every year we need to set goals for each department. These goals are based on a combination of previous results and well thought out simulations. This part is handled by our vehicle dynamics department, therefore they shape the car in the early stages of its development.
Jorge Miret Marco
Jeswin Koshy Cherian
The operations department is the hidden motor behind the team. It consists of a variety of students and their main goal is to get the team through the year as smoothly as possible. From arranging team weekends and supplying the team with food to giving business presentations, planning the race events, and contacting sponsors, the tasks of the operations crew are essential for a well-functioning team. You get to meet lots of people and gather broad knowledge of the car and its engineers as you fill in a communicative and managerial role within the team.
The frontier of the automotive industry today exists in autonomous technology. In 2019 we built our first autonomous vehicle in partnership with MIT. This year Formula Student has challenged us to build a car which works both with a driver and in a driverless mode. Our autonomous department is tackling this endeavor.
Matthijs van Andel
Douwe den Blanken
Our car is basically a computer on wheels - a very fast one, mind you - so having a good team of electronics experts is crucial to getting around the track as quickly as possible. Mainly populated by electrical engineers, the electronics department offers great insight in high- and low voltage applied electrical systems. There is also a huge responsibility for the embedded department, as the components should be sealed off very well. Not just to comply to the rules of the competitions, but more importantly to ensure the safety of our entire crew. This is especially hard with the accessibility of the electronics systems in mind, as we need to be able to change malfunctioning components in the blink of an eye at the events.
Connecting the wheels of the car to the chassis may seems like an easy task, but it is one of the most crucial parts in optimizing the performance of the car. To achieve this a blend of skills including FEM simulation, materials testing and systems engineering is required throughout the year. With setup parameters such as spring- and anti roll bar stiffness, camber and toe our suspension engineers ensure that the chassis, wings and tires are always in optimal position, whilst keeping the ride comfortable and interactive for our drivers.