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Umicore LUNA shines on the prestigious Hockenheim F1-circuit

This weekend, the Formula Electric Belgium team obtained a 16th position with the Umicore LUNA in the Formula Student competition in Hockenheim, Germany. The team is part of the Powered by Umicore programme that supports clean mobility projects of engineering students.

37 students from the Thomas More university college and the University of Leuven built Belgium’s fastest-accelerating electric car, the Umicore LUNA. Last week the team participated in the Formula Student competition, the world’s largest student racing competition. Only the best teams were selected to participate at the competition in Hockenheim, which is considered the unofficial world championship. The Formula Electric Belgium students obtained a 16th overall position out of 40 participating electric cars.

Magnificent racing car and proud students

The Formula Student competitions includes a series of static and dynamic tests. Each car not only has to perform on the track, it is also assessed on cost and design.

Thomas Pattyn, student and pilot, says: “This time we really let the Umicore LUNA shine. It was a great moment when I could finally start the acceleration test and hit the track with the Umicore LUNA. I am very pleased with the seventh position for this test as we crossed the 75 metres in just 4.07 seconds.”

Tatiana Cervak, Umicore’s Social Investment Manager adds: “We are really proud of the team that worked so hard and achieved such great results. For a whole year, the students put a lot of effort into the design and building of this electric car. Their passion for technology and clean mobility truly came to life on the circuit. This is what our support is all about.”

See how the Umicore Luna performed on the wet skidpad:

Wrap up in Czech Republic

In the meantime, the Formula Electric Belgium students are preparing for the season’s last competition in the Czech Republic from 3 to 6 September. Next year, the team will start building a new electric car with the aim to perform even better next year. Check out the team’s experiences and performances on the Powered by Umicore Facebook page: