ARUS maintains its partnership with Eurocircuits for the 2022 – 2023 FS season
After waving goodbye to their most successful year, achieving incredible results, like a win in Overall at FS Italy with their electric vehicle, and completing the Endurance event at FS Germany; ARUS closes the 2021-2022 season with joy, as the upcoming wave of changes get closer and closer to reality. However, these results wouldn’t have been impossible without the capabilities required to get through the relentless scrutinies that all teams need to face before being allowed to compete at any Formula Student competition.
Thanks to the components that are provided to ARUS by Eurocircuits, one of their most long-lived sponsors, the team was able to pass every single inspection that blocked their way into the 2022 season; a challenge that would’ve been unconquerable without using EC’s technology, a partnership that helped the team to push their limits, and perform at the expected level, year after year.
The rules that regulate Formula Student include a set of electronic requirements to allow electricity-powered vehicles to compete, with safety being the main target. However, because of their partnership with Eurocircuits, the Andalusian team has been able to incorporate all required PCBs to their single seaters, thus, complying with the rules of the competition.
With them, the team can provide their drivers with an incredible amount of information, even when they are giving their best on track, and allows their engineers to communicate with them in an efficient, clear way. The usage of these boards makes some advanced indicators a possibility, like different indicators and displays on the driver’s cockpit.
When working together, all these utilities can bring their performance to a higher level, with drivers who can get a broad variety of vital information with just a quick look, and their engineers backing them up even further.
Among the package that they’ve purchased for next season, there are several mandatory parts, requested by the official ruling, like the TSAL, which gets divided into several PCBs: one that take scare of both logistics and control, and two of them tasked with indications via LED lights. Those indicators allow them to precisely know the SOC of the vehicle, which translates into a clear, easy way to understand if it’s safe for an engineer to get close to the car.
Then, there’s the BSPD, or Brake System Plausibility Device, a system which can detect and avoid ‘implausibility’ situations, for example, forbidding the drivers from accelerating and braking at the same time, which could be both dangerous and harmful for the car. This utility doesn’t come alone though, as it’s backed up by several LED indicators inside it’s Accumulator, and the Discharge board.
Also, Ready-2-Drive technology, commonly known as R2D, is available for them to use; and it makes possible to program two different modes inside the vehicle’s systems. The first one, ‘Ready-2-Race’, indicates that the car is ready to get out on track, starting up the engine, and the second one, ‘Ready-2-Drive’, can only be activated after a sequence of specific movements, to make sure the car is completely safe before the controls are unlocked. Thanks to the R2D board, ARUS can make sure that their single seaters are compliant with the rules, with reliable technology to ensure the safety of both their drivers and engineers.
Last, but not least, a specific board is included on the dashboard, and it’s extremely useful for the drivers. Since its implementation, not only have they seen a substantial upgrade to their visibility on track, but they also have a clear, precise vision of the car’s current state, and they’ll immediately notice when a failure appears.
We must mention, all of the PCBs that have been mentioned above, are part of the ARTs in the form of double-layered boards, increasing their resistance, and thus, their reliability on track. Without their presence, it would be impossible to properly equip a racing car to compete at such a high level. Hence why ARUS is grateful with the support that Eurocircuits provides, year after year, for their activities and objectives.
For more information, please visit the ARUS website.