When the first sponsoring requests from “Formula Student” teams arrived about six years ago, ebm-papst was quick to support the students in developing their racing cars. Formula Student is an international design competition in which over 600 university teams compete on the world’s racecourses. Since then, ebm-papst has supplied fans and motors. When needed, a development engineer gives the students advice. Natasa Kopp, who is responsible for university marketing in St. Georgen and takes care of the requests, says “It’s important to us to promote projects like Formula Student and support the next generation of engineers. We see a lot of potential for the development of electric vehicles in particular.” The program also acquaints students with the company; maybe one of them will decide on a career at ebm-papst after graduating.
Axial fans for the turbo-charger
The members of the 80-strong KA-RaceIng team from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) come from a wide variety of disciplines such as mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, electrical engineering or information technology. It has been taking part in the contest for ten years and presented its two newly designed cars in April. Over 700 students, faculty and sponsors streamed into the school’s largest lecture hall to see the presentation. For months, the students put their time and inventive talent into the development of the cars. Now the KIT16e and the KIT16c are in the spotlight — along with all the company logos affixed to them. “It’s only thanks to our sponsors that we can make Formula Student work,” says Florian Brunner, a 20-year-old industrial engineering student at KIT, who has been involved in the team’s marketing since last year.
It’s only thanks to our sponsors that we can make Formula Student work.
Florian Brunner, industrial engineering student at KIT
“Right now we’re in second place in the world rankings with our electric car.” Three axial fans from ebm-papst are installed in the KIT16e to cool its motors and power electronics. They are also installed in its combustion counterpart, the KIT16c. They suck in air through the intercooler and cool the turbocharger. “The parts from ebm-papst have always kept their promise,” says Brunner. Again this year, we are keeping our fingers crossed that the KA-RaceIng cars convince the panelists and cross the finish line first at the racecourses in Great Britain, Austria, Germany and Spain.