Team Bath race towards an electrifying victory
27 July 2018
For the third consecutive year, final year Engineering students at the University of Bath entered the Formula Student (FS) racing series.
Now in its 20th year, FS is Europe’s longest running and most respected engineering competition of its type. Combining education with enterprise and innovation, its primary aim is to encourage more young talent into engineering. It showcases the students’ engineering skills and abilities and provides a true insight into a fast-paced and demanding industry.
The demands on Team Bath Racing Electric (TBRe) are high: they design, build, test and race a brand new electric car every year. The construction, planning and process forms part of their final year project. TBRe is firmly grasping the challenge and is going from strength to strength. 2017 saw them become the top electric team in the UK and they were looking to retain the title this year at the 2018 Formula Student races on 11-15 July at Silverstone.
Relec Electronics is proud to sponsor TBRe for the second year. It supplies the car's TFT display and a number of power electronics components. TBRe used a Raspberry Pi to run the graphics for the driver’s dashboard, which were designed in house by their own software engineers.
TBRe's business manager, Will Minter-Smith, has acknowledged Relec’s hardware and technical support contribution:
“Touch screen displays increase the usability and functionality of the driver interface for both visual and diagnostic purposes. Relec provided a bespoke 10.1” screen and driver board for the team to develop the software and graphics. An additional 12.1” touch screen was supplied for the car’s charging station, which will provide engineers with battery health data and analysis.
“Relec also supplied vital technical support throughout the development process, which has resulted in high quality display solutions for both the car and the charging. The team has no doubt this will be another key feature of the new car. Relec’s impressive range of displays and level of customisation allowed the team to find the best product to suit the application. The fast responding technical support allowed for easy integration of the display units into the full vehicle system and charger unit. The team very much hopes to continue the partnership for future seasons and owe an enormous thanks to Relec for their generous support so far.”
TBRe didn’t disappoint at Silverstone! Not only did they achieve their first top 20 finish (17th out of 129 combustion and electric teams), but they retained their top UK electric team title – huge congratulations to the whole team.
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