NSK Italy sponsors University of Padua motor racing team
NSK Italy was among the proud partner sponsors of the University of Padua at the XVIII edition of Formula SAE, a prestigious international motor racing competition for students. The University of Padua was up against 56 other teams in this year’s competition, achieving a number of impressive results with the help of high-performance bearings supplied by NSK.With origins dating back to 1981, Formula SAE is an international engineering competition for universities that involves the design and production of a racing car. Teams spend 8-12 months conceiving, building and preparing small formula-style racing cars for judging in a series of static and dynamic events that include technical inspection, cost, presentation, engineering design, solo performance trials and endurance.
Around 1,600 students from 20 countries took part in the XVIII edition of the competition. Overall, there were 56 teams, some 47 of which were European, including 22 from Italy across 17 different universities.
NSK supported the University of Padua team by providing high-quality, high-reliability bearings for the racing car competing in Class 1E (electric cars), which positioned 4th out of more than 30 participants in the Italian event. The greatest satisfaction, however, arrived during the event in Hungary, where for the first time the electric prototype of the Race UP team (University of Padua) completed the endurance event, a 28 lap test covering 22 km.
Ultimately, the results achieved on the track are the outcome of a year of hard work. In this time, close collaboration between the design team at the University of Padua’s Department of Industrial Engineering and the sponsoring companies, including NSK Italy, is paramount. NSK Italy is pleased to share in this prestigious result at Formula SAE 2023 and wishes for a fruitful collaboration moving forward.
1) NSK Italy was among the partner sponsors of the Race Up team of the University of Padua at the XVIII edition of Formula SAE. Photo: University of Padua
2) NSK Italy supported the University of Padua Team, providing bearings for the electric car competing in Class 1E. Photo: University of Padua