AGH UST Racing Team Presents 4th Generation of a Racing Car

photos by Zbigniew Sulima

On 10 July, in AGH /UST Centre of Energy the 4th generation racing car built by AGH UST Racing Team was publicly presented for the first time.

The latest model built by AGH UST students is an internal combustion vehicle and differs from its predecessor in many respects. Among other things, the track of wheels was reduced from 13 to 10 inches. Moreover, it comes with a full aerodynamic package for maximum downforce (which generates the force pressurizing the vehicle to the ground while driving ) and a pneumatic gear shift system. In addition, the telemetry system allows to control the vehicle in real time.

The car is powered by a naturally aspirated engine Honda CBR 600RR PC40 controlled by Ecumaster Emu unit. Additionally, a differential Drexler Motorsport FSAE LSD V2 has been installed. The main task of reducing the weight of the vehicle has been completed. The car is meant to be faster, more manoeuvrable and reliable. All the parameters will be thoroughly tested in the oncoming races.

The event was attended by: Vice-Rector for Student Affairs AGH UST Prof. Anna Siwik, Vice-Rector for Education AGH UST Prof. Wojciech Łużny, Vice-Rector for Science AGH UST Prof. Andrzej Pach, Deputy Dean for Education of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Prof. Edward Michlowicz, Deputy Dean for General Affairs of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics DSc Krzysztof Kołodziejczyk and the representatives of the companies sponsoring the project.

Whenever I see that twinkle in  one’s eye I do believe that the idea is worth supporting. And this is just the case. It should be noted that the project has developed thanks to the support of the Rector of the University. When we look back, now  we are sure  that AGH UST Racing Team was a good investment. This initiative is a perfect example of saying ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’”, said Prof. Anna Siwik.

DSc Daniel Prusak, the supervisor added “I am very happy and deeply touched. I clearly remember each stage of the works. Many thanks to the authorities of the University and to the sponsors as you know, the car is much more expensive than a car bought in the showroom. What’s important, our students easily find jobs in the motor industry and set up their own companies”.

It was Piotr Zawodny, the team leader, who unveiled the car at the key moment of the meeting. The car was named “Grażyna”, following the already established tradition of giving every next model a female name.

70 members of AGH UST Racing Team work in 7 sections: the section of Internal Combustion Motors, Suspension, Chassis, Electronics, Aerodynamics, Marketing and a budding section of Electric Drive.

The latest model will take part in this year’s Formula Student races in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. The races attract automotive enthusiasts from many universities all over the world and very often take place on the tracks of Formula One.