German races with trouble at the end

After the FS East races in Hungary, where unfortunately we didn't do so well due to technical problems, we moved to Germany. The FSG races at the Hockenheim circuit started very promisingly for us. On Monday morning, immediately after the arrival and registration of the team, we managed to pass the accumulator and mechanical inspection and thus had a nice start to the whole week. In the evening, we stayed at a campsite in the nearby town of Walldorf.

Tuesday 16.8.

After the FS East races in Hungary, where unfortunately we didn't do so well due to technical problems, we moved to Germany. The FSG races at the Hockenheim circuit started very promisingly for us. On Monday morning, immediately after the arrival and registration of the team, we managed to pass the accumulator and mechanical inspection and thus had a nice start to the whole week. In the evening, we stayed at a campsite in the nearby town of Walldorf.

Wednesday 17.8.

Thanks to the quick progress of scrutineering, Wednesday was reserved only for the aforementioned tests. We passed the Rain Test without any complications, but the Brake Test surprisingly slightly troubled us. During this test, it is necessary to lock all 4 wheels at the same time, but we had a problem with locking the rear ones. We took the wheels off and found a small amount of grease on the brake discs. We cleaned everything, degreased it, and after a slight adjustment of the distribution of braking force between the axles, everything went without any problems. Here again, the importance of technical inspections was shown, which can reliably detect these exact problems and guarantee the safety of the pilot and everyone in the vicinity.

Thursday 18.8.

On Thursday morning, we had only the static disciplines on the program: Cost Report and Engineering Design. From the design competition, we received much appreciated feedback from engineers from industry, who put a bug in our heads with their suggestions. We can still improve, especially in terms of the comprehensibility of the presentation of our knowledge and data. The afternoon Business Plan was a real challenge this time. After three podium positions in a row (including 2 victories), the investors did not appreciate our approach to the presentation. But at least we know what to change for next year. We made full use of the remaining time gained by quickly passing the technical inspections in the test area, where we last tested the car's readiness for the upcoming dynamic disciplines. We fell asleep in the evening with the good feeling that the car is working as it should.

Friday 19.8.

On Friday morning, the captain prepared a surprise for us, he woke us all 45 minutes early and we went for a team run. Then the first two dynamic disciplines, Skid Pad and Acceleration, awaited us. According to the new FSG rules, only one pilot of the team is allowed to drive these disciplines, the rest of the attempts are to be driven in autonomous mode. Therefore, it was important that the pilots were able to drive the discipline as they had been trained. This led to nervousness of the pilots, and because of this our first attempt at the Skidpad was rather cautious. On the second attempt, the pilot was calmer and set a very good time compared to our other times in the same discipline. We achieved acceleration comparable to the performance in Hungary.

Saturday 20.8.

On Saturday, there was Autocross, a discipline where the goal is to drive one lap as fast as possible. Two pilots are allowed to drive this discipline, and thus we had a total of four attempts. On the third attempt, unfortunately, we encountered our first technical problems, which then continued until Sunday. The effort to solve the problems dragged on and we didn't have time to try the fourth attempt. Fortunately, the first pilot's second attempt was clean and in solid time. We then spent the rest of the evening fixing technical issues.

Sunday 21.8.

We managed to fix the technical problems and on Sunday morning before the Endurance, we drove the car quickly on the test track, where everything worked as expected. However, when we arrived at the start, we had an electrical problem, the car did not want to start. We managed to solve it, but we had to start outside our original position, which meant a penalty. The car started, the pilot drove the first part of the race excellently and we just prayed that the second driver would continue as well. However, during the change of pilots we had to stop the race due to a transmission oil leak from the left front gearbox. All that was left was to rush back to Prague to the workshop so that we could fix this technical problem in time before the next race.

Although technical problems deprived us of a great result at the most prestigious races for the second time in a row, we don't despair. From the first fully in-person FSG, we mainly take away a lot of experience, but also stories. We are proud that we were able to represent our country here as the only team from the Czech Republic and we certainly did not embarrass. Keep going, we still want a podium in Croatia, which is only two days after we come back from Germany!

Thank you to all our fans for your support

Placement in individual disciplines:

  • Business Plan - 29st place
  • Cost Report - 35th place
  • Engineering Design Event - 49th place
  • Acceleration - 11st place
  • Skidpad - 12st place
  • AutoCross - 15rd place
  • Endurance - DNF
  • Overall - 24th place (from the top 69 teams in the world)
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