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Tomorrow’s Engineers Test Racing Cars with support from Bosch

Cornelia Dürr

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Formula Student Event in Boxberg

  • Bosch is sponsoring 270 students
  • Warm-up for students on the Bosch test track
  • At top speed towards becoming a junior engineer

Stuttgart, Germany – The self-constructed race car of Heilbronn University's Formula Student Team accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds. Before the single-seater goes on the test track, some last-minute settings are adjusted. Feeling both excited and proud, the students of the HHN Racing Team watch their driver steer the car around the track. "The two days here in Boxberg are enormously important to us. After months of work, we can finally test the vehicle properly and talk to the Bosch engineers", explains team leader Viktor Renz from the HHN Racing Team. On the 6th and 7th of July, Bosch invited around 270 students from Formula Student Germany (FSG) to its own test track in Boxberg. At the two-day application and driving event, students from Germany, Switzerland, France and Australia prepared their race cars for the grand finale in Hockenheim. Around 40 specialists from the Bosch Group supported the students with specialist knowledge while they tested their vehicles. This year Boxberg hosted 27 teams with their vehicles in the three categories "Driverless", "Combustion" and "Electric".

Pit stop in Boxberg

The two-day testing workshop in Boxberg was the dress rehearsal for the student teams and their race cars. On the Bosch test track, they were able to test and optimize their vehicles under real racing conditions. The two days were organized by Bosch Engineering GmbH, a wholly owned Bosch subsidiary. Bernhard Bihr, the Chairman of the Board and also a motorsport enthusiast himself, knows how important the preparations for the design competition in Hockenheim are. "On our test track, the teams can tune the race cars with our experts and train their drivers. I see it as a core task to inspire engineering at the student level and to support highly motivated and interested junior engineers." Over 40 experienced specialists from Bosch and the subsidiaries Bosch Engineering, ETAS and ITK Engineering from the fields of vehicle development and system design were on hand to advise them. During their student days, many of them were themselves active members of the Formula Student team, so they know the challenges facing these young women and men.

The still relatively new Bosch subsidiary ITK Engineering was there for the second time. The development partner has been supporting Formula Student teams from various universities and colleges since the 2016/2017 semester. "For students, the Formula Student offers an ideal entry-level opportunity into the motorsport sector. It's a tremendous achievement for a student team to independently develop and manufacture a complete race car. It all depends on clever ideas, dedication and teamwork - skills that you also need later as an engineer. For our teams, the two days of testing in Boxberg are also a huge opportunity to optimally prepare themselves and their vehicles for the design competition in Hockenheim", says Dominic Barth, Team Leader Motorsport at ITK Engineering. Some of his teammates have already found their way into ITK Engineering through Formula Student.

Networked race cars - IT expertise in the automotive industry

Automation, networking and digitization are playing an increasingly important role in the automotive industry. Already today, technologies from IT are increasingly finding their way into the vehicle so that it can communicate with its environment. This can be seen, for example, in the increasing number of sensors. In addition, new fields are opening up, such as cyber security and big data.

Software plays a central role in autonomous race cars, as well as in modern driver assistance systems. In the future, the requirements for the next generation of engineers and developers will also change. The expertise of the vehicle engineer is increasingly focused on IT knowledge, without neglecting the system knowledge of the entire vehicle characteristics.

"As a driver in this field, we as a company need highly qualified employees with expertise in various areas in order to successfully pave the way for highly automated driving", emphasizes Friedhelm Pickhard, Chairman of the Management Board of ETAS GmbH. "Formula Student is the ideal platform for me to acquire such a broad knowledge and successfully put it into practice."

Talent promotion - from the test track to the job

The Bosch Group has been the main sponsor of Formula Student Germany since 2007 and annually sponsors several hundred students from various international Formula Student teams - above all with motorsport components, software and measuring technology, as well as specialist know-how. The up-and-coming talents benefit from the expertise of the group's own engineers in numerous workshops and events on technical topics. At FSG the students compete in the three categories "combustion", "electric" and "driverless". Each team is required to prepare and present a business plan, a cost estimate and a manufacturing description to the jury. In addition, the development and design concept will also be presented and evaluated.

Further Information:

Career at Bosch: www.bosch.de/karriere

Career at Bosch Engineering: https://bit.ly/2lHhYbJ

Career at ITK Engineering: www.itk-karriere.de

Formula Student Germany: www.formulastudent.de

Media contacts:
Bosch Engineering GmbH
Cornelia Dürr
phone +49 7062 911-1986
Cornelia.duerr@de.bosch.com

ITK Engineering GmbH
Christian Thomas
phone +49 89 8208598-334
presse@itk-engineering.de

ETAS GmbH
Anja Krahl
phone +49 711 3423-2240
anja.krahl@etas.com

About Bosch Engineering GmbH
Bosch Engineering GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is head-quartered in Abstatt, Germany. As a systems development partner to the automotive industry since 1999, the company with its more than 2,600 associates offers development services for powertrains, safety and convenience systems, and electrical and electronic systems – from the original concept to series production. Specialized in electronics and software, it draws on Bosch’s proven large-scale series production technology to develop tailored solutions for a wide variety of applications in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, off-highway and recreational vehicles, and in rail applications, ships, and industry. Bosch Engineering GmbH also coordinates all the Bosch Group’s motorsports activities.
Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-engineering.com

About ITK Engineering
ITK Engineering GmbH was established in 1994 as “Ingenieurbüro für technische Kybernetik” and is an internationally operating technology company with customers in the automotive and aerospace industries as well as in building and medical technologies, motorsports, robotics and transportation. In addition to tailored technical consulting and development services, the company offers turn-key systems in the fields of software engineering, embedded systems, model-based design and testing as well as control systems design and signal processing. With a staff of more than 1.000 people, ITK is headquartered in Rülzheim (Palatinate) and has nine branch offices in Germany. In addition, ITK is represented in the USA, in Japan, Spain and Austria. www.itk-engineering.de

About ETAS GmbH
ETAS provides innovative solutions for the development of embedded systems for the automotive industry and other sectors of the embedded industry. As a systems provider, ETAS supplies a multifaceted portfolio that covers the range from integrated tools and tool solutions to engineering services, consulting, train¬ing, and support. Holistic IoT security solutions are offered via ETAS subsidiary ESCRYPT. Established in 1994, ETAS GmbH is a 100-percent subsidiary of the Bosch Group, with international subsidiaries and sales offices in Europe, North and South America, and Asia.
Further information online at www.etas.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. 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 Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, www.twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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