We are RECRUITING!!
So you are interested in joining UoP Racing Team, the first Greek Formula Student team designed and manufactured an electric racecar of that type, completely developed by students of Uni. Patras?
Let us tell you a bit about what we are looking for.
We would like students from the following Departments of the University:
....everyone else willing to participate, coming from every Department of the University
While we do appreciate previous experience in any relevant project, it is not necessary. That is to say, if you have never been involved in a similar project before, now is your chance. Practically none of the team members have built a formula style race car before joining the team.
What we are looking for are students motivated by willingness for learning, helping and simultaneously having an actual interest concerning this project.
This year, the team’s main goal is to participate in the Formula Student UK Competition that will be conducted in Silverstone Circuit in Class 1 with UoP4e and in Class 2 presenting the design of our next car, UoP5e. In order that goal to be achieved, demands on new team members per sector are:
If you think you have something to contribute with, YOU PROBABLY DO, then fill out the application form and join us.
Patras International Circuit for Kart (P.I.C.K.) 2011
01/10/2011 - 02/10/2011
We successfully participated, for 3rd year in a row, at Patras International Circuit for Kart taking part to the exhibition event,along side with Prom Racing NTUA FSAE Team. It was once again an amazing experience as we had the chance to introduce our team to the local people of Patras and the visitors of the event, talk with them about our car and promote Formula Student in Greece. Below you can find some photos and videos from the event.
Formula SAE Italy(FSAEI) 2011
02/09/2011 - 05/09/2011
Second competition for the UoP Racing team, this summer, was the Formula SAE Italy held and organized by ATA and took place on September 2 - 5, 2011 in the Varano de' Melegari Circuit. It was the last European competition of the season and the number of the teams participated wasn't as high as in Germany but the level was extremely high . 31 overall is, once again, not what we hoped, but our run of bad luck was finally over and the first ever endurance finish is now a fact!!
Our car was well prepared so we passed the tech inspection,the tilt test,noise and brake test, all on the first attempt(just a minor problem with our chainguard again). Then,some laps on the test area revealed some throttle and clutch problems that had to be repaired for the dynamic events.
Static event's results were more than good for the team:
-Design Event: 14th place (129 of 150 pt.)
-Presentation: 12th (65 of 75 pt.)
-Cost and Manufacturing Event: 20th (74 of 100 pt.)
The feedback was great too and the judges placed our team among the best on the static events.
We managed to participate on every dynamic event and complete both our attempt on each but the lack of experience driving the car on that setup,the up-shifting problems,weather conditions on Acceleration event and the rough track on Autocross and Endurance made us stuck on 31 place overall out of 50 teams. The bittersweet taste at the end of the competition was due to the final ranking, while we had achieved our goals on static events and had made it to complete Endurance. All in all, solid steps were made towards a really good finish with our next car ...
Formula Student Germany(FSG) 2011
02/08/2011 - 07/08/2011
UoP Racing competed in FSG 2011 (August 2-7) at Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. This was the 2nd time our team took part to the toughest Formula Student competition in Europe alongside with the top teams from all over the world. The overall result, 60/75 was not what the team expected but it was the best possible considering the problems we had to deal with.
First of all, the tech inspection went well except that the judges requested to modify our chainguard. This kept us a little back, as we had to return to the pits and replace it with a wider one. Then a noisy muffler delayed us passing the noise test(120 dB on our first attempt). Solution was found but the day was over by then. Furthermore, changes in the exhaust muffler created problems with the engine setup, reducing the power output by a great amount (from our datalogging system we later calculated that we made the event with less than half our normal power...). Besides that , a heavy rainfall in the autocross event made things even worse. We only managed to complete one (rainy) lap with the engine barely running. Engine problems continued to the endurance event, but besides that the car seemed to be really fast, doing some 60-sec laps before an exhaust clamp come loose and being blackflagged for noise, just 6 laps from home.
There was a great result of 70.42/100 on FSC Cost Analysis Event while the 1st had 87.58/100 but the rest of the static events were not so good...Nevertheless feedback from the judges showed that the team is on the right path making it to the top and the endurance lap times (despite all the problems) seemed promising. The overall impression was that the car had great potential for the upcoming competition in Italy.
Last but not least, we would like to thank Global Formula Racing, TU Graz Racing Team, Munich Motorsport and everyone else who helped us through the event, but especially our friends at Lions Racing Team for their help and support!
Factory tour to Italy
Last week some of our team members had the chance to visit some very important European automotive industry facilities located in Italy:
- Pagani Automobili S.p.A. Workshop, at San Cesario sul Panaro, near Modena (Pagani is an Italian manufacturer of sports cars and carbon fibre components)
- Museo Ferrari (Ferrari's Museum at Maranello, Italy)
- Aerodynamic and climatic wind tunnels in the Fiat research center & Fiat safety center (Turin)
- Abarth, at Turin
- Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A Factory, at Bologna
Team members were able to take a close look at the manufacturing process of a high performance motorcycle inside Ducati's factory and were also able to see cutting edge technologies both at Pagani's Workshop and Fiat's Research Center.
Facebook and Twitter official acounts
Find us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates about the team's progress!!!.
Press Event 2011
On Thursday, June 2, 2011, the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation (LMS) of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Patras University, presented on the outside of the Main Olympic Tennis Stadium(OAKA), the three yet-manufactured car of the UoP Racing Team. Press representatives from many greek newspapers, magazines and websites were present and recorded the team's creations, plus the other research projects that the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation is involved in. Below, there some photos of the events and some links according to the event(only in Greek)
During the past 3 weeks the team members were testing and maintaining the whole car; We were studying the suspension system behavior, the fuel consumption rate and we were adjusting the steering rack. Plus, we were focused on fixing the shifter(during some test events, we noticed some malfunction of the system) so as to proceed to the next level of the testing. We spent the whole month to improve the car’s performance and now we have our first results.
UoP3 Evo : First Ride Around the Block
The UoP Racing Team just completed the first test drive of the UoP3 Evo. Despite some problems with the car’s gearing mechanism the overall impression the car left was amazing and we now look forward for the next testing session, next weekend.
FSAE 2011 registration
On the FSAE registration fever: Successfully registered for both Formula Student Germany (car 87) and Formula Student Italy (car 86)!