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20 Oct 2021

Stellantis with its e-Mobility Business Unit at the 16th edition of Formula SAE Italy

The 16th edition of Formula SAE Italy, Formula Electric Italy & Formula Driverless – the competition between university students to design and build their own single-seater racing car – is over. As per tradition, the Italian Formula SAE event – hosted at the Autodromo “R. Paletti” racetrack in Varano de' Melegari (Parma) – was organized by the National Association of the Automotive Industry Supply Chain (ANFIA).

Stellantis with its e-Mobility Business Unit at the 16th edition of Formula SAE Italy

 

The 16th edition of Formula SAE Italy, Formula Electric Italy & Formula Driverless – the competition between university students to design and build their own single-seater racing car – is over. As per tradition, the Italian Formula SAE event – hosted at the Autodromo “R. Paletti” racetrack in Varano de' Melegari (Parma) – was organized by the National Association of the Automotive Industry Supply Chain (ANFIA).


Unlike in previous years, the event took place in two separate parts: the static tests, on a digital platform, in the week from September 27th to October 1st (Design Event, Business Presentation Event and Cost Event), and the dynamic tests, from October 10th to 13th, at the Varano de' Melegari racetrack (acceleration, skid-pad, autocross and endurance).

 

In total, more than 300 engineering students from universities in 11 countries around the world took part, representing 37 university teams (17 Italian teams from 14 different universities, and 1 from outside Europe, from the United States). Young women and men enthusiastically took part in the race, challenging their creations against each other’s and demonstrating great professionalism throughout the event. The competition was divided into various trials that truly put to the test the prototypes designed by the students: after presenting their business plan, the car’s design and an analysis of the project costs, the acceleration, autocross and skid-pad tests were carried out, with the endurance test and consumption analysis at the end of the race.

 

A panel of expert judges then evaluated all the cars, in various tests of their design, engineering efficiency and cost sustainability. The members of the panel included a group of professionals from several Stellantis departments – Business Development, Quality, Product Development – who enthusiastically participated in the evaluation of the teams’ work, with a specific focus on the development of the powertrain and the electronic components.

 

The event ended with a prizegiving for the winning teams in each category, with a ceremony on the straight of the circuit: the winner of the Combustion class was the Joanneum Racing Graz team from the University of Applied Sciences Graz (Austria); the Formula Student Team Tallinn from the Tallinn University of Applied Sciences/Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia) won the Electric class; the Driverless class was won by the StarkStrom Augsburg Driverless team from the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg (Germany); finally, the winner of Class 3 (presentation of a project without creating the prototype car) was the UniBo Motorsport Electric team from the University of Bologna (Italy).

 

“Stellantis takes part in Formula SAE Italy for two reasons: to train university students who are enthusiastically approaching the automotive world, and to put this company in direct contact with the excellence of the academic world, in engineering and beyond. By taking this initiative, Stellantis has decided to make itself available to the students who have produced the racing cars, and to provide its technicians to assist in every aspect of development, from the conception phase of the project to getting the prototype onto the road”, said Marco Vassallo, Head of Technical Training & Technical Career at the Stellantis engineering department.

 

“For us, it is essential to maintain constant dialog with the new generations and to raise awareness of the importance of electrification as the key to a more sustainable mobility. At the same time, we are ready to receive stimulating ideas from young people to understand their vision of the mobility of the future, to help us define our strategy”, stated Gabriele Catacchio, e-Mobility Global Communications Manager at Stellantis. “For Stellantis, this is the greatest value generated by our attendance at Formula SAE Italy every year, bringing the world of work closer to universities and vice versa, to facilitate constant dialog and discussion between students and this company.”

 

In this context, the Formula SAE Italy project forms part of the strategy at the Stellantis e-Mobility Business Unit, the aim of which is to facilitate the transition to the mobility of the future. To do so, e-Mobility is constantly seeking innovative, straightforward and affordable solutions to convince customers to choose electrified mobility. The main focus of its work is on three strategic strands, with its approach centered on customer requirements.

  • Innovation: looking to the future, thinking up and offering distinctive services.
  • Cooperation: working with leading partners in various sectors, to create a complete and competitive ecosystem of services.
  • Information: sharing knowledge on new forms of sustainable mobility, explaining their advantages and opportunities, especially with the involvement of the new generations.

 

The success of events such as Formula SAE is rooted in how they involve young people brought together by the same ambition: to create the future they will form part of, and for them to play a major role in it.

 

Turin, October 20th, 2021

 

 

Stellantis is one of the world’s leading automotive companies and a mobility provider, guided by a clear vision: to offer freedom of movement with specific, affordable and reliable mobility solutions. In addition to its rich heritage and its first-class geographical presence, the Group possesses major advantages: sustainable performance, in-depth experience and a large number of employees working around the world. Stellantis will make the most of its broad portfolio of iconic brands, founded by visionaries who injected passion and competitive spirit into them, which still resonate today both with employees and customers. Stellantis aspires to become the best, not the biggest, while creating added value for all stakeholders as well as the communities in which it operates.

 

Contacts for further information:

Maria Teresa Carboni +39 335 748 3838   mariateresa.carboni@stellantis.com
Manuela Battezzato + 39 335 631 97 35   manuela.battezzato@stellantis.com

 

 

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