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What race cars have to do with PLM software

Friday, June 22 2018

PROCAD is a Gold Sponsor of the “High Speed Karlsruhe” Formula Student team – their new F112 was presented in late May.

Karlsruhe, June 22, 2018: As a sponsor of the HP Racing Team in the ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship, PROCAD knows a thing or two about race cars. While rice car driver Hari Proczyk was competing in the series for PROOM Racing all over Europe, students of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences were working overtime to finish their own racer. In late May, the “High Speed Karlsruhe” team presented their latest development, the F112. PROCAD is committed to this as a Gold Sponsor as well as it presents the perfect opportunity for this innovative company and attractive employer to appeal to students and graduates in the technical field.

During the event, former race cars were showcased in front of Building A of the university; the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology was also there with two of its own cars. In the hours leading up to the race car presentation on May 30, the High Speed Karlsruhe team was still bustling inside the building to put the finishing touches on their car. The reason: The body panels of their new F112 had only been delivered the night before. But they managed to get everything ready just in time. Oliver Stumpf, Formula Student at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and advisor to the High Speed team, used a 3D headset to give visitors a virtual tour of the newly designed vehicle and talked about the future of the digital twin.

The team-oriented Formula SAE Student Design Competition was initiated by the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) in 1981. It affords students in technical and economic fields the opportunity to put their theoretical knowledge into practice. The goal is for student teams to develop, design, and build their own race car over the course of one year. The Formula SAE sets the ground rules under which the vehicle is to be designed. In 1998, this youth development program was also established in Europe. The competition is known as Formula Student in Europe and was held in Germany for the first time in 2006. In its first year, 41 teams came together at the German Hockenheimring race track to compete against each other. By 2007, that number had grown to 54 and the same year also marked the first participation of the High Speed Karlsruhe team.

Image: PROCAD as a Gold Sponsor of the “High Speed Karlsruhe” Formula Student team