Cleverest Racing Car: “Opel Style Award” goes to Milan
- Christian Müller, Opel’s new VP Engineering, presents Formula Student prize
- Polytechnic University of Milan convinces with holistic concept
Rüsselsheim/Hockenheim. The German round of the Formula Student race series at the Hockenheimring (August 8-13) attracted a large field of 115 contenders. The competition for the coveted Opel Style Award was correspondingly intense and the prize for the best total package of engineering and design, inaugurated two years ago by series partner and main sponsor, Opel, was won by the Dynamis PRC team from the Polytechnic University of Milan.
“The winning team from Milan has managed to create a car that meets the complex rules and regulation of Formula Student while simultaneously paying attention to technical detail with a holistic view of vehicle design in their consistently enhanced DP9. The emotional Italian touch is especially impressive,” said Opel Vice President Engineering, Christian Müller at the award ceremony in Hockenheim. Müller, who began his new assignment at Opel on August 1, enthusiastically seized the opportunity to present the Opel Style Award in person. “Our company has been supporting the great idea behind Formula Student and the commitment of Opel employees for many years.”
A jury consisting of Friedhelm Engler, Director Advanced Design, Dr. Henning Holzmann, Director Computer Aided Engineering, Frank Leopold, Engineering Group Manager Innovation, Show Cars & Advanced Packaging along with Thilo Oppermann, Design Release Engineer inspected the projects submitted. And in the Opel team’s expert opinion the Milan-based team had the most convincing overall concept. In addition to the award, the winning team can also look forward to using an Opel Insignia Sports Tourer as their team vehicle for an entire Formula Student season.
Overall the Opel-sponsored teams at Hockenheim scored several wins and top placings. In the large field of combustion engines, the team from Stuttgart University finished third after previously winning the endurance category. The team from the Technical University Kaiserslautern celebrated the title of “Most Efficient Electric Vehicle”.
In the Formula Student competition, students are responsible for the entire process chain, just like automobile manufacturers. The teams must build a prototype by themselves and submit plans for costs, production, marketing and sales. All this is then evaluated by the jury. All teams that clear this scrutineering hurdle then face tough tests of acceleration, braking, handling and endurance.
As main sponsor of Formula Student, Opel continues to intensify its activities dedicated to promoting young engineers. In total, the carmaker supports teams from eight German universities.
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