Umicore LUNA closes off racing season in style

At the final racing competition, the Formula Electric Belgium team ranked 4th at the Most racing circuit in the Czech Republic. With the Umicore LUNA, the KU Leuven and Thomas More students built the fastest electric racing car in Belgium and took part in the prestigious Formula Student competition. The team is part of the Powered by Umicore programme that supports clean mobility projects of engineering students. The race in Most closed off a very successful racing season.

Solid performance

At the Formula Student competitions, the cars undergo a series of static and dynamic tests and are equally assessed on cost and design. At the racing circuit in Most, 41 teams participated and the Formula Electric Belgium team students attained their most impressive result, with a 4th position, and a 2nd place for the car’s design.

Nick Verlooy, student and team leader, sums it all up: “The 4th position in the Czech Republic is the cherry on the cake, it is a great reward for all the work we have put into the car this past year. We can really look back on this racing season with a feeling of pride and satisfaction. With the Umicore LUNA we have taken a big step forward and are slowly getting on par with the major teams in this contest.”

Main sponsor Umicore proudly reflects on the past season: “The students have really built a magnificent electric car this year and the Umicore LUNA did extremely well during the three official competitions. We are happy to support this project as it allows future engineers to rally for clean mobility,” says Tatiana Cervak, Social Investment Manager.

Setting the bar higher

The students of the Formula Electric Belgium team are not the ones to be resting on their laurels as they are already preparing for the start of the upcoming academic year. A new team of motivated students is ready to develop – in nine months’ time – an e-car that is even faster and better than this year’s Umicore LUNA. You can keep following the team’s progress on the Powered by Umicore Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UmicorePoweredByYou.

More information:
http://www.umicore.com/en/cases/powered-by-you-2015/
https://youtu.be/jStupDrVNQM