EPFL Racing Team (LRT)

Lausanne Racing Team

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The Lausanne Racing Team is a student team founded in September 2017 on the initiative of a few students of Mechanical Engineering. It quickly attracted a lot of interest from students in different sections.

The project
The team’s project is to participate in the Formula Student competition, a university engineering competition for which each team builds a single-seater racing car. This competition has been in existence since the 1980s and this year would be EPFL’s first participation. The Lausanne Racing Team has decided to compete in the electric category in order to develop fundamental skills for the automotive industry of tomorrow. The entire car is designed by students. There are more than 50 of them, distributed in different teams to be able to present a reliable prototype for the summer competitions. They will be present at two Formula Student competitions this summer: from August 5 to 10 in Hockenheim, Germany and from August 20 to 25 in Barcelona, Spain. During the competitions, their vehicle and manufacturing process will be examined in a series of so-called static tests by industry professionals. Once these tests have been passed, they will be able to compete on the circuit against other cars in the so-called dynamic events. During these tests, the car’s handling will be tested, as well as acceleration and energy consumption.
The link with the SKIL
Students therefore take advantage of the SKIL space to produce a number of composite parts but also the electronic circuits that manage the car’s safety. In addition to access to quality equipment, SKIL provides the team with considerable expertise thanks to the various assistants present.