Introduce your team briefly
We are the race team from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel which is often called the VUB. We are 17 enthusiastic industrial engineers with a goal. This goal is to make an electrical race car where as much as possible is built by ourselves. This is why we race under the motto “Built Not Bought”.
Tell us about your team’s history with Formula Student
We started off as a team of 9 students that had a vision to make an electrical race car to become better engineers. During the pandemic it was difficult to keep the team going, but because of the persistence of a core group we got a new team together that is doing everything they can to make the best car possible.
What does joining Formula Student Netherlands mean to you?
We are from Belgium, and want to get to know the other teams within the Benelux to widen our network. Next to this we also want to show what we did and learned by building our car.
What are your main goals for this year?
Since it was difficult during corona our goal this year is to have a car that gets through the scrutineering and to compete in the race.
What made you think of/choose FSN?
We will be there with the 3 Belgium teams. We are looking forward to competing against them.
What makes you different from the other teams?
We build everything we possibly can ourselves. This includes the motors, the battery packs, and everything mechanical.
Describe your car in three words
Built Not Bought
What is your most significant achievement in Formula Student so far?
We finished second in the formula student race in Andorra in 2019.
Do you think there are any positive outcomes for the competition from the current situation?
We are hopeful the competition can progress as it was before Covid.
What can the Formula Student organising bodies do to help the struggling teams due to the recent events?
Feedback from the documents we upload to the website would be helpful for us.
Did your team help your local society with the COVID-19 situation?
Yes, we did, we built a prototype machine to help the hospitals with the shortage of breather machines. This project was called Breathney, more info about it can be found at breathney.vub.be