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Hitting high speeds on the racetrack in Bopfingen

Finally, the big day dawned – the part of the event that would let the teams leave their mark on the asphalt. The morning was largely devoted to testing the dynamic discipline of acceleration (a process that involved accelerating from a standstill over a 75 m stretch). The teams excitedly eyed up the competition and compared their times closely, some achieving remarkable results. They then completed full circuits of the track. These tests were in some cases run against the clock and, later, over circuits of different lengths, allowing the teams to assess their car's performance in different setups. The day was punctuated by a soundtrack of roaring combustion engines, squealing tyres and the hum of electric motors. The drivers in particular worked flat out, and were exhausted by the time the event drew to a close. "The karting track gave us new insights, particularly when it came to driver training", said Uwe Heidel from the WHZ Racing Team.

The »SolarCar team from Bochum University of Applied Sciences tested their vehicle on a separate section of track. "We were using the racetrack to prepare for the European Solar Challenge. We had ideal weather conditions to practise, especially when it came to pit stops and jacking up the car, taking off the roof and changing tyres", the team reported with delight.

Unfortunately, not everything ran smoothly. Some teams had to spend the day energetically tightening screws and making repairs, while a broken driveshaft even forced one team to pull out of the training session altogether. Despite this, the vehicles had clocked up some very respectable mileages by the end of the day.

A summary of the first norelem Race Camp

"We had two fantastic days and are proud of how our eSleek4x4 performed. It gave us the opportunity to discuss both static and dynamic features, allowing us to gather a great deal of feedback for our first event in Italy", said the DHBW Engineering Stuttgart team, summing up the event.

The numerous international Formula Student competitions are now just around the corner. They are being held at venues including the Silverstone Circuit from 14th to 17th July and the Hockenheimring from 9th to 14th August. We hope the norelem Race Camp has helped the teams to prepare for the coming weeks and are keeping our fingers crossed for all the participants.
It was great to see you at our event.

The norelem Race Camp took place with the kind support of our partner CADENAS. It reported live from the event on both days via its site partcommunity.com."

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