Bosch vehicle proving ground hosts race car test day for Formula Student 2012
Date: 9th Jul 12
- Boxberg hosts 21 race cars and more than 200 students
- Two-day event for Formula Student teams sponsored by Bosch
- Bosch supports a total of 35 teams from Formula Student Electric and Formula Student Combustion disciplines
Boxberg, Germany - On 5th and 6th July, Bosch invited its sponsored Formula Student race teams to test their vehicles at its proving ground in Boxberg under racing conditions. At the two-day event around 200 students exchanged ideas with Bosch’s expert engineers, helping them prepare their 21 race cars for Formula Student Germany (FSG) – the international competition for universities.
The teams optimised their vehicles on acceleration and endurance circuits at Boxberg, Bosch’s own proving ground, organised by Bosch Engineering GmbH, a subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH that specialises in engineering services. “Formula Student is a win-win situation for the students and for us as a company. Bosch supports highly motivated and qualified young talent on this exciting, interdisciplinary project. At the same time, we can present ourselves as an attractive and innovative employer,” said Bernhard Bihr, president of Bosch Engineering.
Steady growth of Bosch sponsorship activities
Since 2007, Bosch has supported selected teams taking part in Formula Student. This year, Bosch is sponsoring more than 35 university teams from Germany, France, Austria, Australia and three teams from universities in the UK: Warwick, Brunel and Oxford Brookes.
Bosch supports this international competition for young engineering talent with a number of activities, providing technical workshops on areas such as wiring harness design, as well as vehicle testing events held at locations including Silverstone. Support for the teams also comes in the form of motor racing components and financial assistance and have often resulted in highly-qualified young people staring their career at Bosch.
Electric class gaining in importance
There is a great demand for young engineers in the area of electromobility, which is well-represented in Formula Student. Over the past two years, electric vehicles have been competing in addition to vehicles with conventional internal combustion engines. This year, Bosch is supporting 13 teams that are pinning their hopes on all-electric drives. At FSG, a total of 32 teams are competing in the Formula Student Electric discipline.
Internationally leading competition
The FSG is organised in conjunction with the VDI, the association of German engineers. Since its inception seven years ago, it has become one of the most important international design competitions for young engineers. Each year, students from around the world meet at the Hockenheimring circuit to pit their designs against each other in a motorsport environment under race conditions. At this year’s FSG, which took place from 31st July to 5th August, a total of 110 teams and more than 2,000 students competed.
Preparing for a professional career
In Formula Student, it is the best concept that wins, not simply the fastest car. The students plan, design and build their vehicles, and develop a business plan and marketing concept to coincide with the development. A panel of judges from motor racing, automotive and associated industries assess the cars according to eight criteria, including design, efficiency, acceleration and fuel consumption. The Formula Student competition prepares young engineers for professional working life and provides them with significant skills development opportunities.
Press photos: 1-PE-18495, 1-PE-18496, 1-PE-18497
1-PE-18495: tips and tricks from Bosch experts
During the two-day workshop at the Bosch proving ground in Boxberg, Bosch engineers were on hand to give the Formula Student teams help and practical advice.
1-PE-18496 – young engineers meet at Bosch
The Formula Student race teams sponsored by Bosch come to the Bosch proving ground in Boxberg. There, under racing conditions, they can test and optimise the vehicles they designed and built themselves.
1-PE-18497 – more than 21 race cars line up for trials at the Bosch proving ground
On 5th and 6th July 2012, some 200 young engineers and their 21 race cars were at Bosch in Boxberg, preparing for Formula Student Germany (FSG), the international competition for university students. They were supported by Bosch engineers and experts.
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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.5 billion euros in fiscal 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.2 billion euros for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.
The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering” in Stuttgart. The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.
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