HAN University of Applied Sciences

Island of Excellence: "Go-4 Dakar, From Challenge to World Class Performance"

The objective of the project is to show that students are capable of taking on a demanding high-profile challenge and create a unique vehicle that stands out in the world’s greatest rally: “Le Dakar”.

FISITA 2014 World Automotive Congress Island of Excellence HAN University

The Rally Raid car is completely developed by students: design, engineering, CAD/CAE, lightweight production, testing and driving in the world’s greatest challenge “Le Dakar” was our goal.

The Go‐4 Dakar Rally Raid car stands out for many reasons:

‐ It’s the first time in history that a University (of Applied Sciences) will participate in “Le Dakar”.
‐ It’s the first time in history that a Rally Raid car is fully developed and improved by students.
‐ It’s the first time in history that a Rally Raid car is built by students.
‐ It’s the first time in history that a Rally Raid car is maintained by students.
‐ It’s the first time in history that a Rally Raid car is fully developed by students with SolidWorks.

The Rally Raid car is developed with theoretical and practical knowledge, taught at HAN University. Light weight construction combined with advanced safety was achieved by the use of Carbon, Aramide and glass fibre exterior together with a high strength lightweight frame supplied by Royal Ten Cate and Tata Steel. All the safety regulations of the FIA are incorporated.

The Rally Raid Vehicle handles extremely well by engineering the weight balance to 50/50 combined with a very low centre of gravity.

The car suspension is equally balanced across all four wheels and changing of parts is easy and low-cost. The vehicle dynamics of the chassis was tested on the road surface simulator. The fully programmable TFT LCD configurable display integrates engine, transmission and diagnostic information into an easy to read operator interface.

Equipment functionality is integrated through the available I/O and controlled via the CANbus. This system allows the driver and navigator to control all systems in the Rally Raid car while driving.

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Important dates

Technical Session

13 May 2016
Deadline for manuscript
31 July 2016
Deadline for final papers
26-30 September 2016
FISITA 2016 World Automotive Congress

Interactive Progress Session

19 August 2016
Interactive Progress Session - Deadline for Abstracts
25 August 2016
Interactive Progress Session - Notification to authors
26 August 2016
Interactive Progress Session - Deadline for PowerPoint Presentation Submission

Organised by

  • FISITA
  • KSAE

Supported by

  • MOTIE
  • MOLIT
  • Ministry of Environment, Korea
  • Busan Metropolitan City
  • Korea Tourism Organization
  • Busan Tourism Organization