BRS Motorsport Team Interview

  • Introduce your team briefly.
    BRS Motorsport is the Formula Student Team of the UAS Bonn-Rhein-Sieg with about 50 students of all faculties, who share their passion for designing, developing and manufacturing their fourth all-wheel driven electric car.
  • Tell us about your team’s history with Formula Student.
    The BRS Motorsport e.V. was founded in 2007. Our first Racecar was the G09 – “Elli” a simple and solid racecar, which took part in FSG 2009. In the years that followed, we focused on extensive developments in the field of internal combustion engines, until we decided to make the switch to the Electric category of Formula Student in 2013. A year later, we proudly presented our G14e – “Rosana”, the result of combining our previous mechanical developments, with the battery electric powertrain, which was entirely new to us.
    The years that followed brought extensive changes to better specialize in the new category. From our first CFRP monocoque in 2015, to the switch to wheel hub motors in 2017, we have now reached a phase where we focus more on evolutions in the individual subsections than on fundamental, vehicle-wide innovations. The individual assemblies have been refined over the years, which has benefited, among other things, the reliability of our race cars. The next big step for us is the completion of our first driverless race car, where we have already made great strides.
  • What does joining Formula Student Netherlands mean to you?
    FSN has a special place in our hearts. At the beginning of the season, the anticipation of this was always the greatest. We’re especially proud of 2019: After we didn’t actually qualify and only signed up for the event via Instagram a few weeks before the competition started, we managed to jump straight into 2nd place in the EV category. Of course, that was a great start to the season.
    We are happy about every year that we have the opportunity to participate in the FSN.
  • What are your main goals for this year?
    After our result at the last FSN, we would of course be happy about a podium finish here. Otherwise, we always aim for at least 2/3 of the points in the statics, as well as the competing successfully in all dynamics.
  • What made you think of/choose FSN?
    As a world ranking event, there is no way past the FSN for us. In addition, we don’t have far to go from the west of Germany. Besides, we have a saying in Cologne: “The first time we tried it, the second time it’s already a tradition and the third time it’s custom!”
    Of course, it loses a bit of its charm through translation. But the basic message remains: the FSN is firmly scheduled in our race calendar.
  • What makes you different from the other teams?
    We are just the friendly neighbourhood team, which is especially characterized by its cohesion and social component. A saying that has been floating through our team is:  “The greatest car is built with friends”
  • What is your biggest achievement in Formula Student so far?
    2019 was one of our greatest years so far. We are proud of our second place overall at FSN 2019, which was achieved by getting 1st place at the acceleration event. At FS East, our Cordula dashed its way onto the podium at the Acceleration Event as well as the Efficiency scoring. This rivals our G16e, which we achieved second place overall at FS Italy 2016.  
  • Describe your car in three words.
    Expensive, Reliable, Lawnmower

 

  • How did COVID-19 affect your team and how did you deal with it?
    COVID-19 forced us to alter most of our processes. Pretty much all our meetings are held online, and the manufacturing was either stopped or reduced to German lockdown conditions, which impacted our schedule a lot.  On the other hand, we used the time in our home offices, to finish the change of CAD-System, as well as focus on driverless development and starting the work on our G22e.

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