FRT 2021 Season
The summer break signs the end of the most particular seasons ever for the Firenze Race Team. The project for the new FR-21T was born in 2019, as an evolution of the FR-19T, with the aim of participating in the 2020 competitions but this obviously could not happen.
The laboratory has been forced to close for about a year due to the global pandemic but we have never stopped working. We only had the chance to get our hands on the car in March 2021 and this led to a really intense spring, with a lot of hard work on the test benches and in the construction and assembly of the car.
For this, we want to thank our partners, who have given us fundamental help by offering us technical support and hospitality in their spaces.
The grounding and the first ignition were thrilling, but the road was certainly not downhill! The summer tests were littered with technical problems, especially with the petrol and electronic systems. The guys worked hard, day and night,
but this severely limited the km traveled by the car before the only competition we attended this year: Formula Student Czech Republic.
The typical trend of the season was maintained, with a swing of emotions of a roller coaster.
At the end of two and a half days of fire, the FRT passed the technical inspections at the last admissible moment, but unfortunately we had to renounce our participation in the dynamic events of Acceleration and Skidpad.
Great enthusiasm in finally seeing the car on track for the Autocross test, where, despite the good behavior of the car, the result was affected by several penalties.
Unfortunately, the Endurance test was tainted by a malfunction of a gearshift sensor right from the start and after resisting for 6 laps the FR-21T was forced to retire.
The static tests allowed us to raise the ranking a bit, where in particular we have achieved good results in the Cost Report and in the Design Presentation.
The final results, out of 18 participants in the Combustion category, see us as:
Engineering Design 6th
Business Plan Presentation 11th
Cost & Manufacturing 6 °
Autocross 14 °
The balance sheet is that of a really difficult season, where many difficulties have been overcome and many problems solved. However, the guys have shown great strength, and most importantly for their participation in the Formula Student, they have gained a treasure of experience which they will then carry on in their careers.