Racing over the finishing line – and into a dream job
Apprenticeship at thyssenkrupp | Automotive-sector | Career at thyssenkrupp | Engineering | At the 1st thyssenkrupp Presta Racing Day students put themselves and their self-constructed racing cars to the ultimate test for the Formula Student Racing series. And while they are here many of them discover their dream job.
A racing car sweeps around the track, hurtles into a bend, and picks up even more speed on the home straight. “The front axle hasn’t got enough grip,” says driver Christian Türk as he climbs out.
His colleagues from the Racing Team of the Technical University Graz immediately set about solving the problem. They are all students – every year they build a new, fully functional racing car, working on their own with the support of sponsors. Their vehicles reach top speeds of up to 150 km/h.
Four teams, one passion: The students spend the better part of their free time working on their racing cars.
Emblazoned across the right side is the students’ name for their car: Giulia. They will be competing with Giulia in races all over the world – including the Formula Student Austria in Spielberg, where the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix is also staged.
Student racing teams practice for major events at thyssenkrupp Presta
The 1st thyssenkrupp Presta Racing Day gives the teams an opportunity to train for these competitions. What is running smoothly? What do we need to improve? How can we communicate better? thyssenkrupp Presta supports the 40 participants from four teams in different ways, whether financial, or with parts or advice.
Everyone knows his job, everything runs smoothly: The students have been working together for years – they know each other by heart.
“Here we can solve concrete problems and work under pressure in industrial conditions,” says Ivan Jankovics from the Bern Formula Team. The big moment comes when the race gets started. “That’s when all our work pays off.” Race days are special for the whole team. David Clemens, test driver with the Bodensee Racing Team Constance, has vivid memories of when he first started: “The first few times I was almost scared of the car because it’s different from anything you’ve ever experienced before. It shoots off as soon as you step on the gas.”
Passionate about achieving goals – in racing and at work
The students spend a large part of their spare time designing and building their cars. This passion is a characteristic explicitly sought by Pedro Malta de Jesus Veiga, Head of Sourcing and Recruiting at thyssenkrupp Presta Liechtenstein.
At events like this he’s always on the look-out for new talent who may be interested in working at thyssenkrupp Presta. “All the students here have outstanding technical skills and through their involvement in Formula Student they bring with them valuable automotive experience. The project also teaches them how to work as part of a team and how different roles are distributed and performed.”
Once they graduate, students can work at thyssenkrupp Presta as development engineers for example in design, testing, simulations or acoustics. At present the focus topics are in the field of steer-by-wire, autonomous driving and e-mobility. A broad area with focus on innovation – lots of students participating at Formula Student could see their future here.
thyssenkrupp Racing Day: „We get fresh input“
So the thyssenkrupp Presta Racing Day is a win-win situation: “The students ask challenging questions, they are inquisitive and make us think. We get fresh input,” says Pedro Malta de Jesus Veiga. For their part the students get tips from experienced engineers and also from one of the judges of the Formula Student Racing series. “The students are very interested and here they have the great opportunity talking to me and the other teams in advance to the official races,” says Carlo Miano.
Prize of 500 Swiss francs for winners of time trial
To round off the day the teams can take part in a time trial, allowing them to train under race conditions. The verdict of the winning team from Graz is enthusiastic: “That was the best preparation. Thank you for a super day.” And they also take home a prize of 500 Swiss francs.
The winners: The team from the university in Graz has had a very successful day at the 1. thyssenkrupp Presta racing day.
Maybe one of the winners has taken a decisive step into his future today. It often happens. Every year 10 former students of Formula Student find work at thyssenkrupp Presta. Racing cars and thyssenkrupp – a true success story.