Garnet’s passion for cars has made possible another success story about technological innovation.

Last August, Formula SAE 2016 event was held at the Hockenheim circuit, where the Italian team Race UP sponsored by Garnet competed.
La Formula SAE, nota anche come Formula Student, è una competizione tra studenti universitari organizzata dalla Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) che prevede la progettazione e la produzione di un’auto da corsa nelle categorie Combustion o Electric, valutata in una serie di prove multidisciplinari in base alle sue qualità di design e di efficienza ingegneristica.
Formula SAE, also known as Formula Student, is a competition between university students organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), which includes the design and production of a racing car in Combustion or Electric category, evaluated with multidisciplinary tests on its quality of design and engineering efficiency.
In the words of Ross Brawn, Patron of the project: “Formula Student encourages very diverse innovation. In many ways Formula Student has the potential to be more innovative than F1”.

In the Electric category 39 all-electric cars from all over the world competed. The only Italian one among the participants was the Origin E made by Race UP, the team of the University of Padua composed of male and female students from Mechanical, Aerospace, Electronic and Mechatronic Engineering, Management, Economics and Communication Sciences.
Despite this was the first year of participation in the category for Race UP, the results have been very good, especially for the technical solutions and design of the battery management system, for the electric motors, for the inverter controls and the monocoque, all components fully developed by the team.
Garnet supported Race UP and provided Tamagawa Smartcoders and Resolvers used on the 4 synchronous motors of the car.
Garnet ha partecipato supportando Race UP e fornendo gli Smartcoder e i Resolver Tamagawa usati sui 4 motori sincroni della monoposto.
Following the technical specifications of the car:

Length: 2990mm
Width: 1405mm
Weight: 180Kg

Wheels: OZ Magnesium 7.0×10”
Tyres: Hoosier R25B 7.5”
Brakes: Floating AISI 420
Suspension geometry: push rod, air shock absorber

4x Permanent magnet synchronous motor
– 50kW max power
– 56Nm max torque
– Weight: 3Kg
Capacity: 6.7kWh
Nominal Voltage: 525V

Type: monocoque carbon fiber (prepreg)
– T800
– Unidirectional fiber M46J
Core: Aluminum Honeycomb
Weight: 18kg
Torsional rigidity : 4.900Nm/deg
Length: 2981mm
Width: 635mm

Downforce: 550N@60km/h
– Efficient, ground-effect, front wing design followed by a multiflap rear wing with slat
– Splitter and extractor Linked to the undertray
– Adoption of ultralight materials like carbon and kevlar fiber reinforced polymer

Cores: Texas Instruments 5 x 200MHz FPU
Inverters: Self developed, FOC, 45kW 600V
Control Systems: Self developed, TC, TV, DRS
Data Logging: Self developed, 200 Hz
Communication: CAN bus, Radio bridge
Motion sensors: Inertial platform, side slip angle sensor

The very positive results (and in some way unexpected, as it was the team’s debut), have thrilled Race UP and Garnet, who are eager to push the bar even higher for next year.
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