Hanze Racing Division Team Interview

Amira Tamam

Introduce your team briefly

The Hanze Racing Division (HARD) is a team of students from various faculties of Hanze UAS and the RUG located in Groningen and participating in the Formula Student global competition. Together, we design and build a self-driving electric race car. Ambition, passion, and dedication are what drive us on a daily basis, allowing us to consistently push our limits to achieve our goals.

Tell us about your team’s history with Formula Student?

At the beginning of 2010, a couple of enthusiastic engineering students of Hanze UAS heard about Formula Student for the first time and on the 1st of October 2010, Hanze Racing Division was a fact. Our first race at Formula Student was back in 2011 with our HRD01. The years after this, the main focus was on building a strong team. In 2014, the HRD03 was performing really well. In 2015, with a new board, we started working on the HRD04, which was performing really well in Italy in 2018!

What does joining Formula Student Netherlands mean to you?

Joining Formula Student Netherlands is our goal throughout the year. It is something we have worked towards for a couple of years now, while working on our electric car. With all this effort and time put in by so many different HARD members, we are proud to be able to join FSN and show our hard work.

What are your main goals for this year?

For this year, we’d like to finish our first electric car, the HRD05, and make it fully self-driving.

What made you think of/choose FSN?

Since the beginning of HARD, our goal has always been racing at FSN with our new and improved car. FSN is like home to us.

What makes you different from the other teams?

With students from both the RUG University and the Hanze UAS, we are able to combine these different qualities to achieve the best result.

What is your most significant achievement in Formula Student so far?

42th in 2018 with our HRD04

Do you think there are any positive outcomes for the competition from the current situation?

After not being able to go to events for the past few years makes this competition very exciting. It is going to be so much fun seeing other teams again.

What can the Formula Student organizing bodies do to help the struggling teams due to the recent events?

Being able to get through scrutineering without competing is helping us a lot to motivate members and being able to push to finish the car.

Describe the car in three words.

Pioneer, electric, self-driving

You can follow Hanze Racing Division Team for more updates and news on their social media platforms:

Instagram: @hanze_racing_division

Facebook: @hanzeracingdivision

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/hanze-racing-division/

Website: hanzeracingdivision.com

We look forward to welcoming the team to the track!