Student Roy Bergmans: "We are pretty much on schedule".
A test drive
‘The students are given four chances to drive as economically as possible in half an hour. Driving strategy is very important here. For example, a team could choose to come with a full battery and drive the first qualification heat but not the second so they could then recharge the battery,’ says Bas. ‘They have to drive at least two relevant heats, and the best results are chosen from the heats driven. The goal is to drive 1 to 1000, which is the equivalent of 1000 km on 1 litre of petrol (electric use converted to petrol use). Up to now, that’s the highest that’s been achieved by an electrically driven car. We want to set a new record. But last year we drove 1 to 500, so we’ve really set our sights high,’ Bas laughs.
The students received a budget of 850 euros to construct an electrically driven car and 1000 euros for a car with a combustion engine. ‘Fontys gave the students 500 euros, and they had to find sponsors for the rest,’ Bas explains. ‘We also promote recycling. We organised an auction where the students could buy parts of last year’s cars. Parts only, not entire cars.’
Bas says that this is a strong project in the programme. ‘A lot of aspects come together here, like thinking of a design, making the necessary calculations and adjustments, actually building the car and looking for sponsors. All this in just half a year. And the cherry on top is to see your idea actually drive on a race track.’
Student Roy Bergmans of the Lightning McQueen team: ‘We’re pretty much on schedule. We haven’t passed the official inspection yet because of problems with the wheels. But we’ll definitely have the car ready on time. I think it’s a very cool project, because it’s such hands-on work. We’re aiming for good results and we want to try to win. I’m looking forward to the race. It’s going to be a fun day.’
Roy (middle) with his Lightning McQueen team members