Hi, I’m Erika and I am studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering. This is my 2nd year in the team and I am Head of Electrical and Electronic Systems this year.
What roles have you held in the past and what made you want to become Head of Electrical and Electronic Systems?
I joined Electrical and Electronic Systems last year. Being involved in the department’s work on a daily basis made me even more interested and got me thinking of new ideas which then led me wanting to run for the role I’m currently in.
What does the role of Head of Electrical and Electronic Systems involve?
As the head of the department, I am responsible for designing and developing all the electrical and electronic systems of the car, such as the wiring loom, the ECU and other components, different sensors, data logging and programming.
What exciting developments are you currently working on for the future?
This year we mainly focused on next year’s designs. One of them, which is probably the most challenging one, is the idea of using an electronic throttle to replace the mechanical linkage between the accelerator pedal and the throttle. The e-throttle will be controlled by the ECU which receives signals from the accelerator pedal position sensors. The ECU using the received information from the sensors can make any required adjustments to the throttle, allowing up and down shifting without using the clutch. This all happens in milliseconds, which means quick shifting time and help for the driver as they wouldn’t have to use the clutch.
What is your favourite memory from your time in TAU Racing?
I can’t choose a favourite memory, I've enjoyed every moment we have spent working on the car.
Why do you think people should join TAU Racing?
Joining the team can give you the opportunity to gain better understanding in engineering as well as your own degree, gain experience in the workshop, and a good way to make new friendships.