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30/05/2013

NMMU Racing has reached a key milestone in their “Green Technology” project by securing an entry into the prestigious 2013 “Formula Student Electric” competition.

The German Formula Student competition, held each year in the first week in August at the Hockenheim Formula One circuit, caters for both combustion and electric racing cars, and after the phenomenal success of their first car combustion car “DibaOne” in 2011, NMMU Racing has returned with an all-new Green Technology electric racing car, dubbed “DibaTwo GT”.

To successfully enter the competition, teams from around the world undergo a rigorous online registration process consisting of a quiz that challenges both the team’s technical knowledge, and understanding of competition rules. Over 100 teams competed for only 40 positions, and NMMU Racing made history once again, by being to first South African team to gain entry into this alternative-energy racing formula.

DibaTwo GT, is a giant leap forward from DibaOne, and includes brand new technologies such as 100KW, 450Nm Brushless-DC electric motor powered by Lithium Polymer batteries, targeting a 0-100Km/h acceleration of under 4.7seconds! Another new development is a unique aerodynamic package incorporating front and rear wings, and a Formula One style under-body diffuser to increase cornering down-force.

The highly-motivated NMMU Racing team, consisting of mechanical and electrical engineering students, along with business and marketing students, plans to begin testing of DibaTwo GT within the next two months