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gotthard
About gotthard
  • Overall FSE Austria
  • Eng. Design (FSUK, FSA, FSG)
  • Autocross (FSA)
  • Endurance (FSA)
  • Skidpad (FSUK, FSA, FSS)
  • Acceleration (FSA, FSG, FSS)
  • Overall FSE Spain
4x 39 kW 181 kg 1.9 s 120 km/h

«Success through Innovation» - the maxim for «gotthard». It is a reflection of the most important principle in the first ten years of the AMZ’s success story. The main concept of gotthard was developed with radical improvements. The packaging is redesigned and includes a split accumulator container. A new suspension was developed along with self developed tires. The efficiency of the drivetrain was further increased. Well-known strengths such as self-developed engines, MRF dampers, an extensive vehicle dynamics control system and a full aerodynamics package are implemented.

By dividing the accumulator container, one of them could be placed in front of the driver, the other behind the driver. The result is a better weight distribution and a lower center of gravity. Furthermore, a diffuser which is integrated into the chassis was realized. The radiators have been placed behind the chassis and are actively aired by two fans. As a result, the aerodynamic performance of the vehicle is optimized.

The suspension system is complemented with a third spring. The so-called Heave-Spring allows nearly independent control of the heave and pitch movement of the vehicle. As a result, the single wheel springs are further modified and softened, which yields more mechanical grip on the self developed tires. Furthermore the dampers are controlled with MRF technology.

The efficiency of the drivetrain was further increased by several individual modifications. For example new SiC semiconductors are used and the electric motor was completely redesigned (in sixth generation). A self developed battery management system, which communicates via light, enables an effective usage of the battery and guarantees maximum safety. 

The courage to take the untrodden path brought the team a rollercoaster of emotions: harsh setbacks and huge progress, defeat and victory - everything that defines a year in Formula Student. The effort paid off: in a turbulent season «gotthard» made a convincing mark against the strongest-ever competition. A failure in Silverstone was followed by an outstanding victory in Austria. Bad luck caught up again in Germany, but a second place in the final event in Spain made for a very successful end to the season after all.

Management

Daniel Hentzen
  • Chief Executive Officer
Manuel Meier
  • Chief Technical Officer

Operations

Andreas Bühler
Dario Cairoli
Nina Fuchs
Daniel Hentzen

Aerodynamics

Jonas Abeken
Head
Philip Dalla Palma
Focus Student
  • Drag Reduction System
  • Design
  • Manufacturing
David Fritz
Focus Student
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Batteries

Michael von Büren
Head
Dario Cairoli
Focus Student
  • Cell Connection
  • Battery Testbench
Max Zuang
Focus Student
  • Battery Box

Chassis

Maximilian Daetz
Head
Gabriele Ghiringhelli
Focus Student
  • Structural Equivalency Spreadsheet
Marc Lienhard
Focus Student
  • Packaging
Michel Messina
Freelancer
  • Impact Attenuator
  • Steering Wheel
  • Cockpit
Moritz Wüthrich
Freelancer
  • Impact Attenuator

Controls

Fabrice Oehler
Head
Cary Muller
Focus Student
  • Vehicle Control Unit
  • Laptime Simulation
  • Data Analysis
Guanzhong Quan
Focus Student
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control
  • Recuperation
Manuel Dangel
Tutor
Danylo Malyuta
Master Student
  • Energy Management

Drivetrain

Cornel Frigoli
Head
Nina Fuchs
Focus Student
  • Controller
Leiv Andresen
Focus Student
  • Motor
Benedict Von Heyl
Freelancer
Brian Bohraus
Freelancer
  • Cooling
Fabio Meier
Tutor

Electronics

Michael Müller
Head
Pascal Jund
Focus Student
  • Electrical Safety Form
  • Sensors and Actuators
  • HV Safety Circuit
Mario Fischer
Focus Student
  • Battery Management System
Yves Studer
Focus Student
  • LV Supply
  • Wiring Harness

Suspension

Dario Panzuto
Head
Andreas Bühler
Focus Student
  • Kinematics
  • Tyres
Felix Gremlich
Focus Student
  • Wishbones
  • Wheel Packaging
  • Uprights
Marc Seehofer
Focus Student
  • Springs/Dampers
  • ARB
  • Kinematics
Dario Cairoli
Focus Student
  • Steering
Marcel Welter
Freelancer
  • Brakes
Manuel Dangel
Tutor