Tantum-5 from Cranfield University

Prize for creating a new battery design for an autonomous electric car

A team of Motorsport MSc students from Cranfield University came in second place in an international automotive battery design competition. The team, called Tantum-5, secured a €3000 prize by creating a battery design for an autonomous electric car using innovative cooling methods.

Rimac Automobili’s competition was to develop a detailed concept of a battery pack for an autonomous electric vehicle. There were constraints such as range, weight and passenger volume to consider.

The battery had to have an innovative cooling system and detailed CAD designs. The submission also had to include a poster and a supporting report.

Nicolas Valencia, age 24, from Colombia is studying for the Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc. He worked on the cooling system. He said:

“It was a very intense two weeks as we were all also studying and working on our thesis projects.

“Managing our time was a big challenge but it was a fantastic experience and we were delighted to come second.”

Having been shortlisted, the Cranfield team then went on to undertake a video presentation and take questions from a panel of five judges.

All of the team hope to go on to secure careers in the motorsport and high performance engineering sector. Nicolas praised Cranfield’s specialist course:

“Motorsport is a very fast-paced industry and the way the Cranfield course is designed helps us to learn how to work in relation to the demands of the sector.”

Clive Temple, programme director for Motorsport and Automotive at Cranfield University, said:

“Our motorsport courses are all very closely linked to industry so that students can learn from the latest developments in high performance engineering.

“It’s wonderful to see this group so pro-actively applying their new skills and knowledge to such an exciting challenge.

“Congratulations to all the Tantum-5 team for this amazing achievement, one which will no doubt enhance their career prospects.”

Tantum-5 members were Nicolas Valencia, Carlos Geli, Caique Sanches, Marcel de Melo Gomes and Ariel Sapollnik.