Volvo and its motorsport partner Polestar have provided backing to Sweden’s own Chalmers University of Technology’s Formula Student project, and the final result will be at Silverstone circuit in England this week for evaluation.
Unless your Formula team has deep pockets and very involved sponsors, the trials and tribulations of any amateur college racing program are well documented. No stranger to the frenetic engineering lifestyle, Chalmers was able to tap Volvo for technical and commercial support, while Polestar focused its efforts on the actual race team. During Chalmers’ chassis build and development, the young, 25-student team was responsible for all aspects of team management and car assembly but also reported its progress to Volvo powertrain boss and motorsport director Derek Crabb.
“We contribute with knowledge and support, both from Volvo Cars and from Polestar,” said Crabb. “I think it’s a great program and a fantastic opportunity for a positive interchange between students and Volvo. Also a good base for picking up future talents.”
Designated the CFS10, the Chalmers University single-seater uses a steel spaceframe and double-wishbone suspension in the front and rear. The open-wheeled race car is powered by a 0.6-liter inline-four sourced from the Yamaha FZ6 Fazer motorcycle (better known as the FZ6 in the United States) and rides on spec 20.0 x 7.0-13 slicks.
From July 15-18, Chalmers and its CFS10 will be at Silverstone in the United Kingdom for scrutineering, testing, and competition against a full grid of Formula Student racers from all over the world. Entries have come from as far as Australia and India to take part in the event.