The University of Trento participated this year too, and for the third time, in the Italian edition of the Formula SAE championship, the prestigious international competition for Engineering departments that, from 13 to 17 July, showcased the best ideas and technologies of the sector.
The electric race car presented by the E-Agle TRT team, Fenice, achieved a historic result: for the first time, the car obtained brilliant results, and with compliments from the judges, in all the technical and design tests, and raced on the track.
The staff consists of 60 students from the departments of Industrial Engineering, Information Engineering and Computer Science, Physics, Economics and Management, Humanities, and the team has its headquarters at the laboratories of the Department of Industrial Engineering in Povo.
The team was founded in 2016 with the ambition of becoming a point of reference in Formula SAE in the design and construction of hybrid tube chassis through advanced technical solutions, such as additive manufacturing, and of telemetry systems and pilot assistance.
From its foundation to today, the team has been working to develop and create as many components as possible, thus interpreting the founding principle of Formula SAE in the best possible way, training promising and talented engineers with the method of learning by doing.
Fenice, the second prototype, was designed during the pandemic and built despite the shortage of microprocessors. The car weighs 200 kg, is equipped with two engines that generate a power of 80 kW power, with an acceleration 0-100 km/h in less than 3 seconds and telemetry software inspired by Formula Uno cars.
At the Riccardo Paletti racetrack in Varano de’ Melegari, the team passed the three static tests, competing with 30 other international teams in the electric category: based on the judges' evaluation, the car obtained the third place in the engineering design test, the fifteenth in the business presentation test and nineteenth for the cost report score.
The team also participated in some dynamic tests placing tenth in the autocross test (about 800 m to be completed as quickly as possible) and completing the endurance test (a 22 km test that aims to evaluate the reliability of the vehicle) in sixth position.