MIT Motorsports fastest electric vehicle in Formula SAE

28 Jun 2018 | , , ,
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By Nuria Jimenez and Abby Gruen

Last week a student-led team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology participated in the annual international Formula SAE Electric car competition in Lincoln, Nebraska. Kx was one of their sponsors and provided Kx technology for race car sensor analytics.

MIT team with laptop and sensors

The Formula SAE electric car international competition is run by SAE (formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers) to test engineering students’ ability to design and develop a small prototype Formula One-style car. The competition takes place over a few days, and includes autocross racing, with each team driving their own car. The cars are scored based on a number of criteria and tests including a design event; a cost and manufacturing analysis event, an acceleration event, a skidpad event, an autocross event; a fuel economy event, an endurance event and a presentation event.

The 33 members of the MIT Motorsports team competed against 26 clubs from top universities from around the US, Canada, South Korea and Brazil. MIT has had a motorsports team for over a decade, and the team this year achieved the best results yet.

MIT Motorsports with Kx logo

During the race, measurements from both an IMU and GPS sensor suite provided accurate location and acceleration data. Other sensor data collected information about power draw, lateral acceleration, brake temperature, brake pressure, axis accelerometer, wheel speed and air temperature. The team used kdb+ for tracking and analyzing the streaming data coming from all of the on-board sensors recording each value in real time and visualizing the performance using Kx Dashboards. Their goals for 2018 included making accurate lap time predictions and doing virtual tuning, allowing them to get the exact stiffness, weight and desired power requirements for optimal performance.

After a day of racing on the circuit in Lincoln, the MIT team learned that their performance qualifications were excellent. They got pole position in acceleration and autocross (making them the fastest EV in the competition), and jumped to second place in skidpad. The outstanding team effort, together with the technologies in place to test performance, including kdb+ and Kx for Dashboards, allowed their car to cross the finish line two minutes ahead of the rest of the teams. Overall, they placed fourth due to a technical question that was decided against the team, but most importantly, MIT left Lincoln with the car to beat!

 

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