Formula E team
Formula e is a new FIA single-seater championship and the world’s first fully-electric racing series. In 2014’s inaugural season, 10 teams contested the series with identical single-seater cars – designed and built by some of the leading companies in motorsport.
In 2015, with the permission of the FIA, the championship evolved allowing manufacturers to use their own electronic setup, transmissions and engines.
The e.dams team won three team titles and one driver title won by Sébastien Buemi.
Formula e serves as a framework for R&D around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability. It is a vision for the future of the motor industry. And it is a vision LEMO's partnership with NISSAN e.dams will fuel.
EPFL Racing Team
The Formula Student is an international car racing competition for engineering students. Dozens of universities from around the world compete in several competitions in Europe. The prestigious EPFL (Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne) has participated in it since 2019 in the "Electric" category with its EPFLRT team - EPFL Racing Team.
Students take care of all aspects: engineering, finance, sponsorship, communication and even driving the car. During competitions, the teams are judged on static (design, engineering, etc.) and dynamic (acceleration, circuit, endurance, skidpad) tests.
It takes several years to develop an efficient vehicle capable of winning any of the Formula Student tests. Each project thus contributes to the training of hundreds of young engineers.
The LEMO Group is committed to contributing to the emergence of engineering talent and is very pleased to be a technical partner of the EPFLRT. The Group also supports the AMZ team (Zurich Federal Institute of Technology) which participates in the Formula Student, as well as other universities competing in other electric and solar vehicle competitions.
World sailing speed record
In 2018, three engineers and students of EPFL have set themselves the challenge of beating the world sailing speed record, held since 2012 by the Australian Paul Larsen with an average speed of 65.45 knots (121.21 km/h) over 500 metres. To attain this goal, they designed a boat with streamlined hulls and propelled by a kite wing, the objective being to reach 80 knots (148 km/h) in 2022. The SP80 project was born.
They have since been joined by about thirty students and engineers, passionate about sailing and speed, working on subjects as diverse as mechanics, hydrodynamics, materials and data acquisition. Supported by EPFL since June 2019, SP80 can thus offer students the opportunity to contribute to the development of the boat as part of their courses. This scientific partnership also allows the team to benefit from the experience of certain professors and incredibly valuable research infrastructures to design the fastest sailing boat in the world. A company, SP80 Ltd was also created end 2019, in order, beyond the academic aspect, to manage the project globally and to create a professional link between the students, the research world and the industrial partners of the project.
The year 2020 will be devoted to the manufacture of a 4m long radio-controlled prototype. It will allow the validation of various important design choices before building the final boat in 2021. During this validation phase, data acquisition and analysis will be the focus of the team's work. Thanks to the partnership with the LEMO Group, SP80 can rely on its know-how and tailor-made solutions to install the necessary sensors on the prototype
For the construction of the final boat aimed at winning the world record, this technical partnership will be all the more important as many of the electronic systems guaranteeing the safety of the pilot can be made more reliable and simplified thanks to the use of waterproof and saltwater resistant connectors already developed by the LEMO Group.