Rennteam always came in 2nd in the overall ranking in the last three editions of Formula Student Germany. Now the F0711-11 travelled to the Hockenheimring with four overall victories behind it, two still of the previous season in Spain and Michigan, to secure the crown at the home race in Hockenheim, too. From 9th to 14th August the competition was held there for the 10th time. The team and the vehicle were ready to compete with all the others at the perhaps most competitive Formula Student competition. Correspondingly the competition began: With a good result in the so-called Scruiteneering Quiz that determines when one is allowed to the technical acceptance, the team could see through the Scruiteneering rather quickly and problem-free on Wednesday, 10th August. On Thursday the Statics took place for the almost 40 participating electric teams, which gave the team some time on the Practice Area. The goal was of course the preparation for the upcoming dynamic disciplines on the weekend.
Then came the first big dampers. Because of an incorrectly uploaded document for the Cost Analysis, the team was deducted 40 points and thus received the maximum penalty designated in the regulations. What is more, however, another 10 points followed because the video fort the “Vehicle Status Report“ was also submitted too late. This is a video that has to be submitted three weeks before the competition and that proves that the car is ready to drive. With o total of 50 penalty points Rennteam had to work flat out even more to be competitive.
On Friday was the first very close-packed day at the Formula Student Germany: Already very early in the morning the team had to master Engineering Design and the Cost Analysis. In the Cost Analysis we came in 66th place because the 40 points were offset here. In the Engineering Design the team could reach the finals as in Austria, too. In the afternoon Skid Pad took place that is traditionally artificially irrigated in Hockenheim. Here the car could not quite keep up with the competition and came in 11th place. Later the Business Presentation followed at which the guys could convince, too, and entered the finals together with three other teams. The finals took place directly afterwards during which the participants presented their concepts in front of the camera and hundreds of interested team members. Rennteam achieved the 3rd place!
On Saturday the team started with mixed feelings. On the one hand two finals had been reached, on the other hand there was not such a good performance in Skid Pad and there were 50 penalty points. In the Acceleration Event a good 7th place was achieved against powerful competition with which we could catch up a few points in the overall ranking against the competition. In the following Autocross things remained exciting up till to the end. Only shortly before the end GFR could beat Rennteam’s best time and relegate the team to second place. Following Autocross the Design finals took place, in which Rennteam stood up to five other teams this time and secured the 1st place! At the end of the day the confidence was already bigger to play at the top in spite of the penalty after all. For the experience from the last competitions has shown: the possible 425 points on the last day are a ripsnorter!
And that is how it was on Sunday. With very fast lap times the two drivers of the F0711-11 were only defeated by TU Munich in Endurance. 2nd place here! In the Efficiency rating a very good 6th place could again be achieved. The exciting thing about Formula Student Germany is that some results remain secret until the end and are only announced at the Award Ceremony. So it remained thrilling until the very last second as to who would stand on the podium. With 838,8 points in total Rennteam was only defeated by TU Munich in the end. We congratulate them on this outstanding performance and are looking forward to competing against them again in Spain!
Engineering Design 1st place
Cost Analysis 66th place
Business Presentation 3rd place
Skid Pad 11th place
Acceleration 7th place
Autocross 2nd place
Endurance 2nd place
Fuel Efficiency 6th place
Overall 2nd place