Tubes International: How did Silesia Automotive get started?
Silesia Automotive: Silesia Automotive science circle was founded in 2010 by university students who wanted to start their own project and by the supervisor of the group, Paweł Fabiś PhD. Eng., who still works with us. Soon after the circle was established, a decision was made to focus on building a race car to take part in Formula Student competition, where students from around the world design and build their own race cars according to certain rules and then they compete in an international competition. It took several years to design and build our first race car, marked WT-01, and finally, in 2015 we took part in Formula Student competition in Hungary. In the most important event – Endurance race, WT-01 team arrived 19th, out of 42 teams. In 2016 we raced WT-01 in Italy, and in December 2016 r. yet with another race car, WT-02 “Chachor”, we raced in Australia.
TI: Your team is divided into sections. What tasks are assigned to each of them?
SA: Our team includes mechanical department which designs and builds race cars and another department, which deals with marketing, cost calculation and business plan (these are the disciplines within so called static event). Each of the departments is divided into smaller sections e.g. in the mechanical department there are sections dealing with particular systems of the race car. Each section has a leader. The Team Leader supervises and supports the whole team. I know it looks more like a corporation, yet above all, we are a group of friends, who work together to reach a common goal.
TI: 2017 season is over, can you sum it up?
SA: This season wasn’t lucky for us. It was mainly because, for reasons beyond our control, we couldn’t take part in the competitions we had registered for, that is in Great Britain and Hungary. Anyway, we can draw some important conclusions from what’s happened this year. Based on these judgements we’ll be able to prevent similar problems in the years to come.