TI: How would you summarise 2017 season?
PM: The season of 2017 was definitely a turning point for our team. Cybina, the third race car, is our engineering dream come true. We manufactured a robust and reliable construction, which easily proved, what it is capable of. Year of hard work, full of sacrifice, resulted in another achievement important for us. As I said earlier, we were really close getting the podium in one of the most prestigious FS competition in Great Britain. We were placed 5th overall at the Silverstone Circuit and reached the podium, 3rd place to be precise, in the Acceleration event. I must add, that as many as eighty teams from all around the world took part in that series. Any of my teammates had not even dreamt, that we would perform so well having hardly any experience. Those results are a driving force of our team, making us work harder and set further, more ambitious goals. However, it is the committed team that we are particularly proud of. The number of hours spent on working together, solving problems together but first of all, the goal we have been aiming at as a team – they have made us become a big family, who builds another racing car together.
TI: What are your plans for 2018?
PM: The next project involves making improvements to the latest car – Cybina. Richer with fresh knowledge and technical data gathered during the competitions, we want to brush up the dynamic suspension model and characteristics of power transmission system. We still have been reducing the weight of the whole race car. We would like to better optimize the technology behind the components, so when it is added to finishing the design phase, we will be able to make the test phase longer. Increasing the amount of time that we spend on testing the car on a test track or dynamometer allows making even more improvements to this newly developed construction but also removing all deficiencies that we discover during these tests. It will undoubtedly boost the results we get in the dynamic events. Building the fully reliable race car, with which we will able to get the scores better than we have got so far – this is our goal. We can tell you in secret, that we are also taking some steps to build the race car with an electric drive.
TI: Can you please tell something more about Warta, Wilda and Cybina. How are they different? Why are they named like that?
PM: When comparing our three “babies”, we can spot many differences. First and foremost, the technical progress which took place between the development of each car is unimaginable.
Warta, the first racing car, can be considered as the basis for the development. It did not have a full aerodynamic package, however weighing about two hundred and fifty kilograms, it performed relatively well. It accelerated to 100 km/h in 4,5 seconds and produced a power of 70 HP.
Wilda is our second race car. This car was the most technologically advanced amongst all our vehicles. Unfortunately, because of the number of innovative solutions we had implemented, its failure rate was very high. And yet, even then our design engineers managed to boost its performance compared to the previous season. They cut the weight down almost by forty kilograms, whereas the acceleration to 100 km/h was roughly 4,1 seconds at 90 HP.
Our latest car, Cybina – our dark horse. Its performance at the competition does not need lengthy description. Cybina was just incredible. Here, we can see further weight reduction in comparison to Wilda, which translates into acceleration to 100 km/h in 3,9 second (as Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, Porsche 911 Carrera 2017). We have managed to reduce the acceleration time by 0,6 second so far, which does not seem to be much, though it is an immense progress.
Answering your question: As for choosing the names for our racing cars, obviously we decided to use the city, in which they are developed, as a theme. Warta is called after the name of the main river flowing through Poznań. The second name is Wilda. It is the name of the city district where our workshop is based, in which we build our constructions from scratch. The third name, Cybina, comes from another river, more specifically, tributary of the Warta River. The name of our fourth vehicle is still a mystery. Try to solve it.
TI: It was really nice talking to you. Thank you.