ecoRZ 2017, the ultimate evolution
After a successful stage, UPC ecoRacing has designed and built the latest evolution of a 100% electric single-seater to close the ecoRZ era. The titles obtained last season in Formula Student UK and Formula Student Germany as well as the Best Spanish Team in Formula Student Spain, along with the victory in electric vehicles obtained earlier this season in Australia, have helped obtain crucial data and experience on track that are reflected in the new car.
For the first time in its long history, the team presented a design with both front and rear wings, which lead to quadrupling the amount of downforce generated by its predecessor. This increase greatly favors in the dynamic events such as Autocross or Endurance, where significant improvements are expected. The aerodynamic package stands out for its efficiency, and the diffuser has also incorporated changes such as aerodynamic appendages that will help to further increase this performance. In addition, the team has opted for the original 100% recyclable ABS body, following its philosophy of sustainability. On the other hand, in the dynamic department, UPC ecoRacing continues to mount hybrid carbon fiber and aluminum wheels, which have been optimized to further lighten their weight. The tubular chassis, which was already one of the best in the competition, has been improved by increasing rigidity and safety. In addition, the design of the battery pack makes it gain in energy efficiency, standing at an impressive 87% of energy usage, and allowing to maintain an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds, a figure very close to a Single-seater of Formula 1.