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Supporting young talent on the race track Bosch backing for 35 Formula Student Germany race teams

  • 250 students test formula race cars at Bosch proving ground in Boxberg
  • Bosch and ETAS are main sponsors for the design competition
  • Bosch looks to recruit 800 university graduates in Germany
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Boxberg/Hockenheim – More than 250 students are receiving backing from Bosch as they prepare race cars built to their own designs to take part in Formula Student Germany (FSG). In all, Bosch welcomed 25 teams to the Bosch proving ground in Boxberg for the students to prepare their cars to race in the international design competition at the Hockenheimring. Over two days, the students had the chance to test and optimize their vehicles under race conditions on Bosch’s test circuits, with Bosch experts on hand to contribute their know-how in support of the young engineers. 2014 is the first year that the Bosch Group is backing university teams from more than ten countries.

International engagement
Bosch is supporting more than 35 rae teams worldwide, including teams from Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Poland, the United States, India, China, Australia, and Brazil. “Across the world, the formula student competitions have proven to be a successful way of combining lecture theory with the practical challenges engineers face in their daily work,” says Bernhard Bihr, president of Bosch Engineering GmbH. Bosch has been FSG’s main sponsor since 2007. Alongside Bosch Engineering, which specializes in development services, another Bosch subsidiary, ETAS GmbH, is also active in FSG.

Tailored support
Bosch provides more than money to help the student teams plan, design, and build their formula race cars. Its sponsorship encompasses specialized workshops addressing topics such as cable harness design, safety when working with high voltages, and measurement techniques, as well as vehicle-testing events. Teams are also provided with motorsport components and software, while expert advice and help from Bosch vehicle development and system design specialists completes the support package.

Annual preparatory track event
The test workshop at the Bosch proving ground in Boxberg has become a fixture for race teams, and they returned this year to test their self-developed and self-built cars under race conditions from July 18-19. The teams ran through all the tests just as they will at the FSG race at the Hockenheimring, including technical inspections and various tests of acceleration and endurance. During these two days, there were 40 Bosch and ETAS engineers on hand to help the teams and offer practical advice.

Seeking out new talent on the race track
Bosch’s longstanding commitment to the Formula Student competition serves to support the next generation of engineers, to offer the best possible conditions for testing and design, and to provide the company with an opportunity to market itself as an employer to a range of highly qualified specialists. “FSG brings us into contact with highly motivated and qualified young engineers who are working on an exciting and interdisciplinary project,” says Bihr. “At the same time, we as a company have the chance to showcase ourselves as an attractive and innovative employer.” This year, Bosch plans to recruit 9,000 university graduates worldwide – including 800 in Germany alone.

Preparation for working life
“The competition is an excellent way to prepare for working life,” says Karl Kloess, system designer for battery systems and high-voltage onboard electronics at Bosch Engineering in Abstatt. Until two years ago, Kloess was head of battery development for DHBW Ravensburg’s Formula Student team, Global Formula Racing. “During my time competing at FSG, I learnt many things that I can apply to my job today, for instance the importance of interfaces. It’s not just individual technical components that make up a car but also the way they work together within the system as a whole. This is just as true for a team of people: whether it’s within Formula Student or in working life, it’s important to work together as a team, to exchange views, and to have an exciting project to work on together.”

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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