Renesas announces the winners of its fifth European MCU Car Rally

Renesas Electronics has announced the winners of its MCU Car Rally contest for university students, which was held on February 28 at embedded world 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany. Thirty teams from universities all over Europe, comprising approximately 150 students and their tutors, participated in the challenge with each team developing a functioning model rally car that included sensors to detect a white line on the track and an RX microcontroller (MCU) from Renesas. The lap times were recorded by a timing system based on the Renesas Synergy Platform.

With a time of 02:31.60 minutes for five full laps on the 67m circuit, team Brockenblitz from the Harz University, Germany, is the winner of the Renesas MCU Car Rally 2019. The team not only clearly won this year’s MCU Car Rally, but it also beat the 2018 winner’s time by nearly 7 seconds. Team FasTech from the University of Craiova, Romania, whose car completed five laps in 03:13.62 minutes, came in second. The car built by another Harz University team ‘Rising Dragon’ was third with a time of 03:19.08 minutes. Prizes for the winners included Beats Headphones as well as Fitbits and floating Bluetooth speakers for each team member.

This year’s MCU Car Rally was exclusively sponsored by Mouser Electronics. Mark Patrick, technical marketing manager EMEA at Mouser, commented: “We’re excited to be supporting the MCU Car Rally as it’s very much about investing in the next generation of engineers, those innovative thinkers who combine their knowledge with the latest technology and a determination to win. We applaud all who participated and offer our congratulations to the winner, team Brockenblitz.”

“We were impressed by the effort, creativity and enthusiasm of all participants and the excellent performance of the top three winning teams. It was a pleasure to meet these talented student engineers from all over Europe”, said Steve Norman, senior manager global channel and partner marketing at Renesas. “We will soon announce more details on next year’s contest, and are already looking forward to it.”

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