TWO NATIONS. ONE TEAM. ONE MISSION.
Global Formula Racing is an international cooperation between the BA Racing Team from Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg-Ravensburg (DHBW), Germany, and the Beaver Racing Team from Oregon State University (OSU), USA. The beginning of our unique global venture started in 2009. We share physical and intellectual resources by using advanced communication-technology to create two highly competitive vehicles. Design, manufacturing, and testing occur simultaneously at both schools, over 9 time zones and 8770 kilometers apart. Our supply chain management is unique in Formula Student and it adds an extra dimension to the team. The English language, the team language, is key for cross-border communication.
In the first season, 2010, we laid down a foundation for the design of the following years by building two identical race cars at both universities. This baseline has been used since 2011 to develop and build two cars – one combustion car at the OSU campus in Corvallis, Oregon, USA and one electrical car at the campus of DHBW in Friedrichshafen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
The exchange program within our team enables students to benefit from international experience and to further support a strong communication network.
Our cooperation is based on a great relationship between
students and advisors of DHBW Ravensburg and Oregon State University.
The Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) is a corporate university, which combines theoretical education at the university with practical experience in a partner company. The DHBW Ravensburg is one of eight locations in Baden-Württemberg.
The university supports us by sharing many resources and facilities with the team. To give the students the possibility to work beyond the opening hours of main building, there is a room in a seperate building just for the racing team. This room is the center of the team acitivities and assembling area of the electric racecar. In addition to that, the team is allowed to use a High-Voltage laboratory, seminar rooms, computer rooms and other laboratories.
Oregon State University
Oregon State is a leading research university situated 90 miles south of Portland, and an hour from the Cascades or the Pacific Coast. Corvallis is one of the safest, smartest and greenest small cities in the nation.
Oregon State University provides many outlets for Global Formula Racing to thrive. The College of Engineering generously enables students to utilize an engine-dyno room, machine shop, computer lab and a work shop that is shared with the SAE Baja team. Possibly the highlight of all the accessible resources is our composites lab where we are able to manufacture carbon-fiber monocoques for both the electric and combustion vehicles.
As a team with two headquarters we face communication challenges on a day to day basis. Utilizing efficient online data bases we can collaborate to keep each other up to date and get the best results.
"Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing." - Hunter S. Thompson
We strive to create new systems and designs for continous improvement. The 8770 kilometers between us allow for creative and diverse ideas.
OUR GERMAN SIDE
Meet our team in Friedrichshafen.
eMotor Design - ePowertrain Lead
Suspension and Vehicle Dynamics Lead
OUR AMERICAN SIDE
Meet our team in Corvallis.