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Electric car racing team gets sponsorship

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 7:33am
ECN Europe

Kemet is sponsoring the TUfast e-Technology Racing Team at the Technical University of Munich for the 2012 racing season. The company will assist with the development of the 2012 Formula Student Electric Competition race car as well as provide financial support along with a number of major German automotive companies. As a manufacturer of DC link film capacitors, Kemet will provide technical expertise in electric vehicle energy conversion and supply all capacitance solutions required for the project.

The TUfast e-Technology Racing Team is comprised of approximately 30 highly motivated students from different areas of expertise studying at the Technical University of Munich. The goal of the team is to design and build the best possible Formula Student Electric race car every year. Last season, the team won nearly every dynamic discipline at least once at races in Germany, Austria and Italy.

The electric car competition began in 2010 to complement the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Formula SAE competition for combustion engines, founded in 1979. The race cars are developed in accordance with the strict rules set by Formula SAE, making it possible to successfully compete in Formula SAE races worldwide.

“After such a successful 2011 racing season, Kemet is pleased to increase our collaboration with some of the most outstanding and committed engineering students at one of Germany’s finest universities,” said Dr. Philip Lessner, Kemet Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientist. “Our sponsorship of the TUfast program reinforces Kemet’s continued commitment to electric/hybrid vehicle and green energy technologies, along with fostering the next generation of innovation in the automotive and alternative energy industries.”

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