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Racecar project sponsored by Kilen

10/02/2010 In the student project Chalmers Formula Student, a high-qualitative prototype of a racecar is designed and built by engineering students. The car’s qualities are tested at Silverstone, UK, in an international competition for students.

Kilen sponsors the project with customized chassis springs.
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The project gathers a team of around 25 students every year to build a single-seated racing car. The team consists of students with different backgrounds and nationalities and creates a good environment for creativity and learning. The team starts from scratch and develops its own concept, which is later realized to a design and then manufactured, all by the students themselves. The project also includes making an overall planning and real-life exercise in working in a live project with meeting deadlines, team work and cost estimation.

Best performing car wins

To put the car to the test, the project is completed with a competition, Formula Student, at Silverstone in United Kingdom where the team compete against international teams from all over the globe. A jury, who also nominates the winning car, judges the qualities of the vehicles.  The winner must have very high performance in terms of acceleration, braking, and handling qualities. It must also be low in cost, easy to maintain, and reliable. In 2009, the Swedish team from Chalmers University of Technology came in an honorable 15th place out of 90 teams.

Double purpose sponsoring

For several years, Kilen has sponsored the student project with chassis springs. This year, customized springs are manufactured, since the standard assortment couldn’t match the specific requirements for the 2010´s car.

- We turn to Kilen since we know from experience that their springs are very competitive and can be customized after our needs. In addition, our contact persons are always very helpful, service-minded and interested in our project, says Peter Roubert, one of the students in the project.

And Kilen is very positive to the sponsoring project.
- We see this as an opportunity to market our expertise by showing our products´ excellent performance. It is also a very good way of meeting top engineering students for our future recruitments, says Niklas Pettersson, Sales Manager at Kilen Springs in Herrljunga.

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