Meet Our Team Behind FEST23

See the bright brains behind our current machine in development


Tel: +372 53006581

Team Captain

Kristjan Taimla

Tel: +372 53441986

Chief Engineer

Karl Kaarlõp

Tel: +372 56849700

Chief of Dynamics

Mattias Laos

Tel: +372 55977107

Chief of Composites

Karl Robin Tiislär

Tel: +372 53014776

Chief of Driverless

Karl Mihkel Seenmaa

Tel: +372 56929122

Chief of Powertrain

Raigo Seppago

Tel: +372 56874287

Chief of Electronics

Danel Tiitma

Tel: +372 53759272

Chief of Suspension

Robin Saarniit

Tel: +372 53456403

Chief of Administration

Saara Suurkivi

Meet the Teams

The members deal with the evaluation and influence of the physical phenomena affecting the vehicle, with the aim of achieving its maximum potential. The team’s responsibilities include concept development, lap time simulation, suspension kinematics, aerodynamics, control system and general vehicle dynamics. In addition to their own responsibilities, members have an important role in providing design input to other engineers. Unlike other subteams, the work of dynamics is theoretical, but affects the vehicle the most.

The sub-team is responsible for the vehicle’s low-voltage system. The team members are mainly involved in the design and production of wiring and printed circuit boards and programming of certain boards. The vast majority of circuit boards in the car are self-developed. The printed circuit boards have very different tasks: several safety systems, powering the low-voltage system, data acquisition, displaying information to the driver, and so on. The wiring connects all the electronic components together enabling communication through the CAN network.

The work of the sub-team consists in the design and production of parts from composite materials. The biggest projects under the responsibility of the composite team are the structural solutions of the formula’s monocoque, accumulator container, firewall and the entire aerodynamics package. Self-developed calculation modules, manual calculations and FEM analysis are used in the design of parts. In addition, production drawings are made for each part. Depending on the geometry of the part and the required tolerances, the production technology is developed and the moulds required for production are designed.

The driverless team develops the software needed to drive the formula autonomously without human assistance. The tasks of the team can be put into three major categories. First, seeing and perceiving the world, which includes the collection and processing of data from various sensors. Second, it is necessary to understand the position and orientation of the vehicle in the world, and it is also necessary to create a virtual environment for it. The data obtained in the previous category will be used for this task. Thirdly, it is necessary to plan the path and control the formula car. To do that, the position of the car and understanding of the virtual environment will be used.

The sub-team learns to design and manufacture mechanical systems. The team’s task is to make the braking and steering system, the suspension and everything related to it – they design all the parts that connect the monocoque to the asphalt. All parts are subjected to strength calculations or FEM analysis, correct production drawings are made before production and tolerance chains are determined.

The task of the powertrain team is to make the formula drive using the electrical energy stored in the accumulator. For this, the engineers of the sub-team design a accumulator with the required capacity and voltage, the most efficient voltage converter and motors, a planetary gearbox with a suitable transmission ratio and the cooling system. Since most of the mentioned components contain high voltage, great emphasis is placed on safety and reliability. For this purpose, both manual calculations and analysis programs are used for each system, and the results are validated in the form of real tests.

The general aim of the Admin sub-team is to raise awareness of the Formula Student team through variety of events, social media, and other means. Moreover, this sub-team takes care of finding partners, who would like to contribute to the project and support future engineers. Besides that, all the memories are captured and content for social media are taken care by the Admin sub-team. Last but not least, to create and maintain the website and to develop Business Plan Presentation are also two of many tasks that the Admin sub-team performs.

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