THE AR18 TEAM
The startup of Align Racing UiA
The Formula Student dream at the University in Agder started already in 2016 when two groups of students wanted to start something like this. One of the groups had good contact with the faculty, and the other had good contact with the students. Despite the interest, it would take a year before the two groups found each other’s and became one at the career day in 2017. The interest in a project like this was large. A startup group of 15-20 students from different studies was formed.
Formula Student is to operate an innovative car firm with a new prototype each year. Align thought of this as a core foundation of the organization. Because of this, it was also said from the beginning that this wasn’t only an engineer competition.
The vision of Align Racing was carefully planned with three main points. It is an arena with a focus on personal development, for practical expertise towards study and interests, and finally, for everyone to be able to apply, no matter their study.
A large recruitment progress was started with over 180 applicants. All leaders and other member positions were filled to the brim. Research on the different parts of the organization was already started the week after the career day.
The startup group was quick to start and were because of that able to get in contact with both ION Racing from UiS and Revolve from NTNU early on. Both were very positive to get another Norwegian team into the competition and gave a lot of priceless advice. ION Racing arranged a visit and brought three Align members with them to Silverstone in 2017
Align got in contact with Tekreal, short for the faculty of technology science, early on, and they were very willing to assist economically. The positivity of Tekreal towards the project and quite a few coincidences made it so that Align Racing got an office and workshop areas in the new MIL-building
April 26th, one year before Align Racing UiA rolled out the first formula car, there was held a kick-off arrangement. With high volume, a borrowed formula car from ION Racing UiS, and video-effects, the adventure was started.
If it weren’t for the positivity of Tekreal, and the push and willpower of the startup group, Align Racing UiA would never have been where it is today.
AR 2018: Ludvig
The financial department handles all financial transactions, overseeing accounting, budgets, and orders, as well as acquiring and maintaining sponsor relationships. The department ensures that the finances are in balance and that the organization has a healthy and good economics.
The marketing department works to display Align outside the organisation and promote the vision and the purpose of the project outward. The department creates promotional content both through text and multimedia production such as film and photography, events, public relations, and is responsible for monitoring and managing social media accounts.
The Human Resources department works on facilitating a positive and healthy work environment, making sure that the team, both as individuals and as a group, is taken care of in all areas of the process. Human Resources also create teambuilding events and social activities such as, social gatherings, trips, quizzes etc. This department is the glue that holds the team together, inspiring the team to create and maintain a good business culture.
The powertrain team’s task is to make sure that the components that gives the car power is working perfectly with the rest of the car. Some of these components are the engine, turbo, intake and exhaust, cooling systems and fuel systems.
The Chassis team works on building the chassis for the car. They work with developing, designing and producing the chassis and makes sure that the aerodynamics of the car are not to extensive.
The suspension team works with everything that has to do with the wheels on the car. This includes the braking system, wishbones and other components. In addition, they work on steering and wheel function to make sure all parts work smoothly for optimal race performance.
The electronics team makes sure that all the electronic aspects of our car is functioning properly and the telemetry gathered from the cars sensors are displayed in a way that the other teams can improve their work. The systems the electrics team are working on is among others; mictrocontrollers with CAN-bus functionality, a telemetry gathering system, electronic throttle, clutch and shifting, and anti spin.