- Engineering Workflow Automation
- Design Space Exploration
Earlier this month, the CQS Group Racing Team KU Leuven successfully participated in the international 24-hours endurance race in Spa-Francorchamps. With their newly developed tuned Citroen 2CV, the student racing team took the second stage in the Experimental Class. In preparation for this edition, Noesis Solutions assisted the team in further enhancing racecar aerodynamics
At several occasions during the race, the team faced a number of technical issues on the new E85 ethanol fueled racecar. High time pressure was on for the mechanics in the pit, who were able to implement successive driveline fixes to keep the racecar on the track. After the race, the professional drivers said they really see potential in the new racecar to compete for General Class podium next year! In the mean time the team decided to participate with two racecars in next year’s race, and extend technical collaboration with Noesis Solutions.
The engineering know-how provided by Optimus helps the racing team to improve its new ‘Xenon’ racecar on multiple aspects. The racecar aerodynamics optimization work will continue over several years. Thesis students and racing team members will create virtual car body models, set up CFD simulation processes and optimize the aerodynamics performance of the vehicle. Optimus application engineers will assist them in applying best practices in aerodynamics optimization and implementing strategic body modifications. And just recently, the team started a joint project with Noesis Solutions to enhance heat evacuation in and around racecar wheel rims.
The CQS Group Racing Team has a history that goes back already eight years. Ambitious Group T engineering students doing their postgraduate in innovative entrepreneurship at KU Leuven. Thesis students and racing team members originally developed an innovative electric drivetrain to power a tuned Citroen 2CV. Now – seven years later – they are engineering similarly looking racecars running on E85 ethanol fuel blend. The team successfully participated in series of international ecologic endurance races across Europe.
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