The Formula Student team for RWTH Aachen University was one of the first German teams to enter in 2002. Since the 2014 season, they have been running an all-electric race car. Ecurie Aix is legally organized as an association and consists solely of RWTH Aachen students.
The car for the 2016 season is a large re-design; although maintaining the electric powertrain, the 13-inch suspension changed to a 10-inch suspension, and the car would now be all-wheel drive with hub motiors.
Formula Student is an international, student design contest that is attended by more than 500 teams from all continents of the world. Due to this tremendous response, the competition is the largest and most important of its kind. The aim is that the teams consist of only students, who completely design and manufacture a racing car within one year, which complies with the regulations of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE ). Both conventionally driven vehicles and electrically operated vehicles can be developed.
The actual competition takes place at different Formula Student events, which are spread all over the world. Originally launched in the USA in 1981 by the SAE, the Formula Student took place for the first time on European soil with an event in the United Kingdom. The FSG at the Hockenheimring and the Formula ATA in Italy were added later to give 3 events in Europe.
Points are awarded for both dynamic (endurance, manoeuvrability, acceleration) and static (design, budget, presentation) disciplines, making the business of running the student team a significant factor in the development of the car.
For 2015-2016 build (car eace05), Harwin became a sponsor and supplied Datamate L-Tek (latched) connectors for both PCB and cable use.
With the reduction in space and weight available using the Gecko range, Harwin and Ecurie Aix will be specifying these connectors for the 2016-2017 season. The Multi-directional spring contacts are also being included in the design layout.