3D printing for fastest electric race car in the world

3D printing for fastest electric race car in the world

The Vision is the first fast electric race car in the world and a project of student team InMotion.

The Vision will be the first fully electronic racing car to join the Garage 56-category of the 24 hours Le Mans in 2023. This registration challenges the team of 50 students to find the limits and to show maximum capacities.

“The purpose of InMotion is to reduce electrical charging times to the time required to fuel a gasoline car. To show that this is possible, the student team takes part in 2023 in Le Mans Garage 56. “

Endurance-Race car Vision Of InMotion

Previously the student team realised Fusion, the world’s fastest electric formula racing car. After 2,5 years the car was ready and could get on the road. With Fusion the students broke the record for electric cars at the Circuit of Zandvoort, at the TT Assen and in Zolder (Belgium)! After Fusion it was time to develop an endurance race car. In the first months of 2018 the work began. The design of the Vision was kept secret until the end of September 2018. On 18 September, the mock-up of the electric race car was unveiled. With this concept-car the team wants to remove the last threshold towards electrical mobility. With a new corporate identity and a new goal, students have the following challenges: fast charging and realizing the endurance-auto.

Electric race car at 24 hours of Le Mans

Vision is the future registration for Le Mans 2023! Unlike the earlier Fusion, this car is also built for its endurance. “The Vision is unique, as he becomes the first fully electric racing car to join the 24 hours of Le Mans. In the Garage 56-category we can use our innovative technological developments to make the race car as fast and environmentally friendly as possible!”

Why take part in Garage 56-category of Les Mans?

“By participating in the Garage 56 category, we want to show the world our knowledge and technological skills as future engineers. Because of the stringent safety regulations, we can get creative. Theoretical knowledge we have learned in the university can be applied in practice”, the team said.

Automotive and 3D printing

Each year, one car can participate in the Garage 56 class category with the aim to introduce technical innovations in the industry. InMotion thinks Le Mans is the ultimate test for her fast-loading technology. To achieve that objective, InMotion works together with partners who are also interested in this innovation. This is why InMotion collaborates with Oceanz 3D printing to apply a number of highly detailed 3D printed parts. Frank Elbersen, sales engineer Oceanz: “The automotive industry has a number of opportunities for 3D printing. For automotive and motor technology, 3D printing is very suitable for making the optimal part with strong and accurate (material) properties. In the automotive industry we also see 3D printing in customized products. 3D printing is already used in the development of cars. For example, for the design of a prototype, scale model or an interior component. Additive Manufacturing helps the automotive industry in spare part management. The inventory (spare parts) is digitized and produced and distributed on demand which leads to low inventory costs”.

About InMotion

Automotive Technology InMotion Is the student team of the automotive Campus in Helmond that develops electric racing cars. InMotion is an innovative racing team consisting of multidisciplinary students from different universities and colleges. The ultimate goal: to solve the electrical mobility problem, whereby we think that energy supplies are the bottleneck. We want to achieve this by taking part in the 24h of Le Mans with a fully electric car in the Garage 56 class, an innovation class.

Photo header: Johan van Uden (InMotion)