Electric-powered racing car will compete with the fastest in Europe

photos by Sabina Szkarłat, KSAF AGH UST

AGH Racing Team has built their first electric-powered racing car. The official presentation by AGH UST students took place on Thursday, 5th. July at Studio Club. The performance of the team’s most recent construction will be put to the test already next week during the international engineering contest Formula Student, to be held in the Netherlands.

The latest car is already the 5th. construction developed by the AGH Racing Team. The work on the environmentally friendly vehicle started 2 years ago with the design of the car’s electric powertrain. The execution phase of the project span over the last four months. The car has been officially named Stanisław in commemoration of Stanisław Staszic – a leading figure in the Polish Enlightenment the AGH University of Science and Technology was named after.

Stanisław is a racing car with 100kW power, reaching the speed of 100 kph in 4.5 sec. The vehicle is powered by a pack of nearly 1000 lithium-ion batteries. Additionally, the car has been equipped with a water cooling system designed and built by the members of AGH Racing. The system was constructed using a composite material which can change its heat dissipation properties in rising temperatures, thanks to which the maximum engine temperature will not exceed 60oC . The designers supplied the car with a dedicated energy recovery mechanism used during the braking action – a solution similar to that used in Formula One cars. The car’s sheathing, which our students designed and produced themselves, is made from modern and environmentally-friendly linen composite.

Motor vehicle enthusiasts constructed the first racing car at AGH UST in 2012. Since that time, AGH Racing has grown to a team of 60 members working in several sections. AGH UST students involved in the activity of the team of constructors work on their degree and end-of-term projects. Moreover, the close co-operation with companies from the automotive industry provides young engineers with valuable experience - now, armed with considerable know-how, they can enjoy smooth transition to the labour market.