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The Formula 1 electric vehicle

Abu Dhabi University students showcase award-winning F1 EV

DUBAI, October 3, 2023

Visitors to Automechanika Dubai witnessed firsthand the results of over 12 months of design undertaken by Abu Dhabi University students to build an electric Formula 1 (F1) vehicle as part of the 2023 Global Electric Vehicle Competition.
Showcased as part of Automechanika Dubai’s inaugural Innovation4Mobility event feature, the high-performance F1 electric vehicle can reach speeds of up to 160 km/h. 
The international competition, organised by Global EEE, a nonprofit organisation for student competitions based in the US, was held for the first time in the Mena region and took place at Hudayriyat Island, Abu Dhabi. 
Stiff competition
The competition took place over approximately 17 months and comprised two stages, the first being the design, analysis, simulation and virtual race, followed by construction, testing and finally, racing.
Speaking at Automechanika Dubai, Hasan Hamdan, Research Assistant, Abu Dhabi University and final year Masters’ student, said: “Powered by two batteries and four electric motors, each with 12 KW of power, this F1 car was designed in collaboration with the university’s mechanical and electrical departments, with both under-and post-graduate students taking part in the project. 
While common components between all competing teams included the batteries and motors, the universities individually designed all other elements of the car. The team also dedicated significant attention to ensuring full aerodynamic stability, recognising the criticality of the vehicle's design.
Minimal budget
“Emphasis was very much focused on technical innovation, rigorous use of design, analysis and simulation tools, in addition to controlled testing, with minimal budget.”
“The dream is now to work in the F1 industry!” he concluded.
Having previously only taken part in competitions to build smaller hybrid electric vehicles, the Abu Dhabi University team were proud to be part of a winning team for a project to build a car of this size and power. The team also enjoyed successfully putting theory into application by using the software learned as part of the course projects to analyse the F1 car.
Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen, Portfolio Director at Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Automechanika Dubai, said: “Abu Dhabi University’s focus on enhancing performance and maximising efficiency speaks to the heart of discussions and displays in the Innovation4Mobility section of Automechanika Dubai. 
Alternative fuel vehicles
“The alternative fuel vehicles, driving technologies, digitalisation, connectivity, and smart infrastructure being showcased make this zone a must-attend to explore the future of global mobility.”
The landmark 20th edition of Automechanika Dubai, the largest international trade exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and service industry, will continue until October 4 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. (DWTC). Welcoming 1,938 exhibitors from 61 nations, the event will span 14 halls, showcasing a diverse range of innovative products, services and technologies in front of a global audience of 45,000.--TradeArabia News Service


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