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Cenex and E.ON Official Partners of FS09

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Cenex has jumped on board to become the official partner of this year’s ‘green fuels’ Class 1 A category in Formula Student (FS) 09.

The UK's first Centre of Excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies is backing Class 1 A (A referring to alternative) in FS09, Europe’s biggest student motorsport event. FS09 will take place between 16-19 July at the world-famous Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire and will challenge university students from Delhi to Dublin to design, build and compete in a single-seater racing car from scratch – no mean feat!

Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) FS is delighted to have the support of Cenex and energy company E.ON’s, this year. Robert Evans, CEO of Cenex said today: “Cenex is delighted to be supporting FS09’s ‘green fuels’ category.  The competition is a great way to  highlight the increasingly important role  that alternative fuels, such as biofuels and hydrogen, will play in helping the UK’s transportation sector move toward a lower carbon future. FS is a fantastic competition that encourages students on a global scale to learn about science and engineering and compete at a level that reaches right up to Formula 1.”

The event is likely to see up to 3,000 students take part in a series of design and action ‘dynamic’ events. This year there are seven teams in Class 1A. 

Racing Green, a team from Imperial College, London, has taken the route of using a hydrogen fuel cell to power its entry into Class 1A, as well as lithium polymer battery packs and a 4kW fuel cell as a range extender. Each racing car wheel is linked to a 25kW motor, giving the vehicle an advantage of 4-wheel drive. A lot of control is needed to put the electricity in the correct place, so the teams used a Compact Rio, a mechanism used in motorsport to be vibration resistant which controls the batteries. The car also has regenerative braking capability built in, which can generate electricity. Ian Lawrence, Team Leader said: “We actually had to design the battery pack ourselves because nothing like it exists in the world.

To incorporate technology that has not been used yet was a challenge in itself and perhaps we underestimated the difficulties that the design process would involve. It is an excellent learning curve which only increases year upon year of entering Formula Student.”

Formula Student Class 1 A Entries
University - Fuel
Oxford Brookes - Hybrid – petrol/electric
Hertfordshire University -  Electric
Imperial College London -  Hydrogen Fuel-Cell
Central Lancashire - E-85 Bio-Ethanol
ETH Zurich, Switzerland -  Electric
University of Madrid - Hybrid
State Technical University – MADI, Moscow - Hybrid

Notes to Editors
• For more information on this release, a press pack, or to attend and film at Formula Student, please contact the IMechE Press Office on 0207 304 6877/ 07730 644134, email media@imeche.org Further details can be found at www.formulastudent.com. Media must complete the Media Registration form to film at FS which is available on the IMechE homepage at www.imeche.org
• Class 1A was launched last year and fits in with the IMechE’s key themes of Education, Environment, Energy and Transport. FS usually forms part of the students’ academic studies, and culminates in a competition where teams from all over the world come together to race and compete against each other. The IMechE Formula Student event uses the same rules as the Formula SAE series (with some minor changes) and this means student teams can enter their cars in the Formula SAE events, including those in the US, Australia and Germany. The Institution would like to thank its Partners, Airbus, Autodesk, Cenex, E.ON, National Instruments and Shell for supporting FS09.
• Established in 2005, Cenex is the UK's first Centre of Excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies; a government initiative supported by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. It was established to allow the UK automotive sector to respond competitively to the challenges posed by the transition to low carbon and fuel cell technologies. Further details can be found at: www.cenex.co.uk.
• E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating and distributing electricity, and retailing power and gas - and is part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. We employ around 17,000 people in the UK and over 93,000 worldwide.