26 August 2021
McLaren Applied is providing technical support for two Formula Student racing teams, Joanneum Racing and TU Graz Racing, affiliated with Fachhochschule Joanneum Graz and Technische Universität Graz.
Both teams participate at Formula Student, a student engineering competition with several events worldwide. Student teams from around the world design, build, test, and race a small-scale formula style racing car. The competition is designed to empower the next generation of engineering and technical talent in motorsport.
This year’s competition took place on 25th-29th July 2021 at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. It was Joanneum Racing’s final season with a combustion engine, they scored highly in several events and managed to achieve third place overall. TU Graz Racing was competing in their inaugural race with a newly designed electric powertrain. They managed to participate in the dynamic events, but unfortunately experienced issues with the car during their runs. However, the team still managed to learn a lot and will apply this expertise to come back stronger next year. It was the team’s first entry into the electric competition, they were pleased to successfully make it through the scrutineering stage and to participate in the design finals as one of three best design concepts.
McLaren Applied chose to support Joanneum Racing and TU Graz Racing due to their advancements in both the educational as well as the racing aspects of the respective programmes and consistent high performance in Formula Student events, having been very successful in racing several generations of their conventional powertrains. Both teams have now taken the decision to focus on electric powertrains, which is a core area of competence for McLaren Applied.
McLaren Applied has adopted a key role in electric vehicle development, developing high performance electric vehicle components, such as Silicon Carbide inverters. By providing technical support to Formula Student racing teams, the company hopes to inspire the next generation to unlock the future of electric vehicle racing.
Matthias Dank, Director Motorsport, McLaren Applied said, “At McLaren Applied, it’s important for us to support the next generation of technical talent to enter the competitive world of motorsport. Motorsport has several feeder series to bring driver talent into the premium leagues of professional racing, however there are fewer routes to encourage engineers and technicians into the sport. The past years have shown that Formula Student is one of the key stepping stones for young engineers and technicians to follow their ambitions and enter motorsports. We are so pleased to introduce technical support for two Formula Student teams, Joanneum Racing and TU Graz Racing.
Sushama Chander, Team Captain of Joanneum Racing Graz: “Our team has worked hard over the past two years to achieve the goals set for the jr21 and ourselves. Every second of hard work paid off and we managed to accomplish great success in the competitions, where we could show our full potential as a team. With the team motto in our minds – “Never stop pushing”, we are ready to tackle the next hurdle with the jr22, our first full electric and rules-compliant race car.”
Christian Ablasser, Head of Vehicle Dynamics and Data Acquisition, TU Graz Racing Team said, “Innovation, motivation and passion for motorsport – This is what we, the TU Graz Racing Team, stand for. Annually since 2003, we construct and build a race car to compete in the international Formula Student and Formula SAE events. After 16 very successful years in the internal combustion category we have decided in 2020 that our famous “Tankia” will be fully electric in the future. With the electric powertrain we are facing new challenges where our team is motivated to work with McLaren Applied to find innovative solutions together. We are very excited to work with McLaren Applied in future and using their hardware, tools and software for pushing our car to the limits.”