In 2009, three students from Hogeschool Utrecht decided to compete in the Formula Student competition. However, they soon found out that none of them would fit in a small car like that. That’s why they built a full circuit formula car which runs on Bio-ethanol during their minor and graduation. The Formula Bio represented ecofriendly and cheap racing.
After graduating, one of the group members pursued his study at Eindhoven University of Technology. This student, Albert Maas, got in touch with Maarten Steinbuch. He gave the inspiration to pursue the dream that Formule-Bio started with. Shortly afterwards, InMotion was created by Albert and 9 fellow students, with a dream to create the most innovative racing car in the world. Along came the plan to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans which is the perfect platform to showcase such thrilling technology like like fully electric racing.
To hear more about our story, watch the video! On our YouTube channel, we have a series of four videos which tell the full story of InMotion on our Road to Le Mans.
Construction of the IM/e
After the concept of the IM01 was made, it became clear that we needed an intermediate step. To obtain knowledge, experience, and a network we first built the IM/e, an electric formula car.
The construction of the IM/e started in the academic year 2014-2015. The chassis was being designed and created to, eventually, be unveiled in October 2015. During that period, we got in touch with a lot of partners. We already got 3D printed components, and the ECU development with ICT was going at the time.
In that year we also bought a lot of other components for the IM/e such as the motors. So, it was not only preparing for the unveiling but also engineering for the future.
Unveiling of the IM/e
On October the 17th 2015, it was finally the time to show the world our biggest milestone so far: the chassis of the IM/e! It took place at LAC Studios, Eindhoven. Jan Lammers, one of our ambassadors was the guest speaker for the event. There were over 500 visitors to behold our first electric formula car!
First meters of the Im/e
After the unveiling in 2015, research and engineering took a sprint to make the IM/e ready to hit the road. The whole chassis was already built, but a lot more was there to be done.
Up until the moment of the unveiling, a significant amount of engineering was already done. Along the road of further engineering and implementing, new problems and solutions came up. It was a process of learning and team developing of which we learned a lot.
In January 2017, it was finally time to show our next achievement: a driving IM/e! This happened during our 2017 partner event were Nick Catsburg was our driver. We were all very delighted and satisfied of our result. During that moment of glory, we were looking forward to what would happen next.
After the few meters, the IM/e has raced a lot. So far, we already broke three electric lap records. Read more about it here.
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