A historic milestone is the culmination of many successful factors, including a good business plan, efficiency, perseverance, speed, and skillset.
The ARUS team's electric car competed in the Formula Student Italy competition on July 13 at the Riccardo Paletti circuit near Varano in Parma, Italy. Our stay in Italy ended in the best possible way: we placed third overall behind Tallinn University (Estonia) and Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (Germany). The whole team reached an important milestone: for the first time in our 10 years of history, we have been in the top three of a competition.
This was possible because we managed to be in the top three in four of the eight tests in the competition, which are divided into static and dynamic tests. In the static tests, we took first place in the Business Plan Presentation, where we had to present a business proposal that revolved around the single-seater and prove its economic viability beyond the race track. In this case, we presented "Drive to vibe", an automotive competition where each participating team is linked to a world-class singer who only makes an appearance if their team is the winner. The judges of the competition in Italy, who had potential future investors in mind, were very positive about our project. It was the best for its business plan, marketing strategy, financial viability and profitability.
Our car ranked highly on several dynamic tests at the competition. We came second for Efficiency, which measures the single-seater's energy efficiency, and third for Endurance. The endurance test is considered the toughest, with a 22-kilometre race that pushes all the car's components to their limits. Autocross is a speed test consisting of a one-lap circuit designed by the competition, with slaloms and impossible turns that must be completed as quickly as possible - our car performed well on all these measures, coming third.