ETH Zurich Electric Vehicle Crushes Gas-Burning Competition to Capture Overall Victory in Formula Student 2013

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 2

Formula Student 2013 Results - Click to Enlarge

Formula Student 2013 Results – Click to Enlarge

In what’s believed to be a historic first in any accredited motorsport competition, an electric vehicle topped the podium by beating out a field full of combustion-engined competition.

ETHZurich Team Celebrating Victory

ETHZurich Team Celebrating Victory

The ETH Zurich team piloted an electric vehicle to overall victory in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Formula Student 2013 event, marking the first-ever win for an EV in Formula Student competition and, quite possibly, the first victory for a pure electric in a sanctioned race event that includes combustion-engined vehicles.

“The electrically powered cars have made huge progress going from being unable to complete the 22 Km endurance event to winning overall in just five years. We are delighted by this progress but we will have to see what needs to be done in the future to ensure petrol cars remain competitive.”

ETH Zurich Vehicle on the Track

ETH Zurich Vehicle on the Track

“The standard of vehicles on display, and the ingenuity of the students who create them, never fails to amaze me. This year’s competition showcased exactly why these men and women are among the world’s best young engineers, and all who took part should feel very proud of what they achieved.”

ETH Zurich didn’t win by a slim margin either.  With 921.3 total points, ETH Zurich blew away its nearest competitor, UAS Zwickau, who managed only 851.5 points.

Formula Student 2013 was held at the Silverstone Circuit in the UK from July 4 through July 7.

What’s Formula Student?  Here’s it being described by the body that sanctions the event:

“Formula Student is the world’s largest student motorsport event. Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, it challenges student engineers to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year. The cars are then judged on their speed, acceleration, handling and endurance in a series of time-trial races, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.”

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2 responses to "ETH Zurich Electric Vehicle Crushes Gas-Burning Competition to Capture Overall Victory in Formula Student 2013"

  1. io says:

    “[W]e will have to see what needs to be done in the future to ensure petrol cars remain competitive.”
    LOL 🙂

  2. Brad B says:

    In this article the statement is made that “in what’s believed to be a historic first in any accredited motorsport competition, an electric vehicle topped the podium by beating out a field full of combustion-engined competition.”
    I think using that criteria, a lightning motorcycle was the first to make that claim in the Pikes peak international hill climb last month against every other motorcycle, whether ICE or electric. Your own article says this “Carlin Dunne of Santa Barbara, Calif., was red hot as he powered his 2013 Lightning electric superbike up the mountain in just over 10 minutes at 71.917 mph, solidly winning the motorcycle category at the 91st annual running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb”. I was hoping that this years Pikes Peak would be the first event that an electric race car would win a large sanctioned ICE event. But there was no chance once Peugeot and Lobe decided to run. That record will stand for a few years, unless Loeb drives the winning electric.