Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems is sponsoring the TUfast Racing Team from Technical University Munich (TU Munich) for the Formula SAE / Formula Student racing competition. The team uses Panasonic’s Pyrolytic Highly Oriented Graphite Sheet (PGS), the thinnest thermal solution in the world, as well as the Grid-EYE infrared array thermal sensor. “Panasonic is excited to support the TUfast Racing Team not only with some of our most innovative automotive products but especially with our know-how and experience within this field” said Matthias Frey, Section Head Communication. “It is fascinating to get an up-close view of how these young talents evolve their concept, implement it and design at the end their racing cars. We wish the E-Technology team and their eb016 every success and the best of luck!”
In the Formula SAE / Formula Student racing competition, teams of different universities compete against each other in professionally organized competitions in their own, self-built and developed car. Thereby it’s not only about who built the fastest car, but about the best overall package of performance, engineering design, cost and presentation. The competitions take place annually with the same rules and regulations worldwide, allowing it for every team to take part anywhere.
To measure the temperature of their tyres, TUfast Racing Team uses Grid-EYE infrared array thermal sensor. Grid-EYE features 64 thermopile elements in an 8x8 grid format that detect absolute surface temperature without any contact. By using this small sensor for their tyre temperature measurement, the team can ensure the best use of their tyres for the race. With its very high thermal conductivity, the PGS graphite sheet is used for effective cooling of the inverters in the race car.
Acxcording to Franz Beck, Team manager of the TUfast Racing Team,: “Without the sponsorship of companies like Panasonic a project like our TUfast Racing Team wouldn’t be possible. The company provides us with some of their most innovative products, like the thermal management solution PGS graphite sheet and the temperature sensor Grid-EYE. Both products are very well suited for our new race car and we are very grateful for Panasonic’s great technical support”.