Newsroom TUAS student project is constructing e-rallycross car - steel company SSAB to join collaboration
February 8, 2019 09:02 CET Automotive

TUAS student project is constructing e-rallycross car - steel company SSAB to join collaboration

Global steel company SSAB has established an agreement on collaboration with Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) in a student project in which an e-rallycross car is built. The e-rallycross car project serves as a research, experiment and learning environment where students from different fields learn in collaboration with companies.

The student project by Turku University of Applied Sciences to build an electric rallycross car will expand and reach new levels as SSAB, a global company specialized in high-strength steels, enters the collaboration.

SSAB contributes to the project by offering their competence in advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) components and lightweight automotive steels. In the e-rallycross car under construction, SSAB’s advanced high-strength steel Docol (a strong brand in automotive segment) is used for sub-frames, suspension arms, reaction bars and body reinforcement.

Lightweight ultra-high-strength steel parts help vehicle designers and manufacturers reduce carbon dioxide emissions, lower costs and ensure safety. Collaboration with SSAB also involves cooperation in communications and publications.

-          SSAB’s strategy is strongly connected to sustainable solutions and innovative applications with AHSS steels and we are supporting the project with material deliveries, technical knowhow and information, says Esko Hakamäki, Product Manager at SSAB Europe Oy.
This e-Rallycross project is very good way to introduce our expertise in AHSS steels to students, and also get more visibility for SSAB and our strategy in general.

Building an electric rallycross car is a challenge, with plenty of work in product development, optimization of the energy efficiency, modelling, simulation, battery technology and marketing. The project offers an opportunity for applying a wide range of educational fields and competence areas of TUAS.

More information:

Head of Education and Research at TUAS Ari Putkonen, ari.putkonen@turkuamk.fi, tel. +35850 598 5815

Esko Hakamäki, Product manager SSAB Finland, esko.hakamaki@ssab.com

or +358 40 557 8838 


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