Organization Structure

Chalmers Formula Student team is divided into different responsibility areas to cover every part of the car as well as the organization. The design of the car is divided between six design specific subgroups. In addition, there is one group handling the organizational tasks. All of the subgroups work together and have their own responsibilities they have to cover.

The subgroup Communication (Comms) is the only subgroup that does not design anything on the car which is the main difference from the other subgroups. The Communications subgroup has other responsibilities around the project for the project to go forward and for the other subgroups to do their work. For instance, Comms has the responsibility of internal communication, partners, and social media.

The Aerodynamic Subgroup is working with the exterior design and the aerodynamic components to maximize the performance of the car. The subgroup design the parts to generate downforce and produce a minimum amount of drag.

The Frame subgroup is responsible to deliver a platform to accommodate the driver and serve as a
mounting base for the suspension, aerodynamic, electrical and mechanical components. It also
functions as a critical safety feature for the driver. The Frame subgroup is also responsible for the ergonomics of the driver.

Electrical Powertrain
The main focus of the high voltage(HV) group is to develop and design all HV components of the vehicle. The systems are the accumulator system, electric motors and power electronics. Some of the auxiliary circuits other than the above main components are pre-charge and discharge circuit, the HVD, relays and fuses, and more.

Low Voltage
In any modern car, there is a significant amount of electronics that affects almost all other components
of the car. Some of it exists to enable basic functionality such as making the car go forwards, some are there for convenience and some of it is required for safety. To fulfill these needs the low voltage subgroup will need to develop a number of different subsystems, such as data acquisition, internal communication, wiring, power, and safety circuits. 

Mechanical Powertrain
Our major responsibilities are to provide containment and protection to high voltage systems,
transmission of power to the car, cooling solutions to the energy source, power electronics and electric motors to prevent them from reaching unsafe temperature conditions and a potential shut down of the car.

Suspension and Unsprung Mass
The Suspension and Unsprung Mass subsystem consists of tires, unsprung mass, rims, steering, torque vectoring, actuation and linkages. The Suspension subsystem includes functionalities to transfer forces, absorb energy, dissipate energy and offer roll stiffness adjustability. The Unsprung Mass subsystem includes functionalities to deaccelerate, connect linkages, traction propulsion system, tire mounting and road contact.

The trainees are not a subgroup but students studying their Bachelor. They work under the supervision of the project engineer to understand the project and when they start their master studies, they might apply to CFS. These students are a part of the team and have different responsibilities which they can focus on in order to do as much work as they want in their trainee time.