The Beginning, 1976
Remmi-Team was founded on 27th May 1976 by mechanical engineering students Veikko RINTAMäKI and Jorma TAIJONLAHTI from Tampere University of Technology. Their aim was to participate to the first “Pisaralla Pisimmälle” competition in Finland. This was held at the late Keimola circuit in Vantaa on 12th September 1976. The first marathon was organised and hosted by “Tekniikan Maailma” (“World of Technology”) magazine.
For the competiton they designed and built a vehicle based on 1½ bicycles and a modified 4-stroke “Demm” moped engine. The name of the team was derived from the make of the engine. In Finnish dialect spoken on Tampere region it is very difficult to pronounce letter ‘D’ and it is usually pronounced as ‘R’ or ‘T’. Thus the vehicle was named as “Remmi” and the team as “Remmi-Team”. Later when new vehicles were built this first one was named as Remmi I. In this first competition Remmi-Team became 2nd with the result of 172 km/l (486 mpg). The winner was Mr. Tapio Ketola from Turku achieving 192 km/l (542 mpg).
Remmi-Team took part in the first British Shell Mileage Marathon at Mallory Park. Those days it was not officially possible for non-British teams to participate in the competition but as an outsider Remmi was placed 3rd in the category of non-Shell based teams and 6th overall. Remmi won also the Techical Award. In Finland the competition was held at a temporary track of Tampere Ice-Hall and oy Shell ab became a part of organising group. Remmi was placed 2nd with Mr. Ketola being the winner.
Picture from Hockenheim, Germany, 1979
Remmi-Team won the Finnish championship at the late Artukainen track in Turku with Remmi I. The result was a new Team Record of 299 km/l (844 mpg). A new vehicle Remmi II was introduced for the British competition at Mallory Park. Unfortunately due to unreliability of a new vehicle the Team had to retire from the competition. During these times happened the first major ‘blood-change’ to the team-personnel.
The misfortune of Remmi II continued in the Finnish competition at Artukainen. Another retirement without a result and Mr. Ketola winning again. As a foreign competition to attend to the Team chose Hockenheim in Germany. Remmi II became 8th overall and 4th in the category of petrol-engined amateurs with a new Team Record of 546 km/l (1542 mpg).
The average speed requirement was increased from 15 km/h to 25 km/h. The Finnish marathon was held at Räyskälä, where Remmi II again had to retire from the competition giving way for the 4th champioship of Mr. Tapio Ketola. This would also be his last victory, but still a very outstanding performance taking four of the first five Finnish championships. The British competition was moved from Mallory Park to Silverstone and Remmi became 4th in general competiton winning the student-class. Because of the increased average speed the result of 413 km/l (1167mpg) may be considered as a new Team Record.
This was the last year for Remmi II. The season started well with a victory and a Finnish championship at Artukainen. At Silverstone the Team became 7th overall and 2nd in student-class winning the Technical Award. It was time for another big change to the personnel of the Team.
Picture from Silverstone, England, 1982
Driver: Sirpa LAUTTIA
This was the last year for Remmi II. The season started well with a victory and a Finnish championship at Artukainen. At Silverstone the Team became 7th overall and 2nd in student-class winning the Technical Award. It was time for another big change to the personnel of the Team.
Remmi IIIa was introduced. The first competition for a new vehicle was at Hockenheim, where the Team was placed 10th in general competition, 6th in petrol-amateurs and 4th in student-class. At the British marathon came yet another retirement. The Finnish competition was held at Räyskälä, where Remmi was placed 4th overall and 2nd in championship. The winner was a Dutch team from Technical College of Haarlem (H.T.S. Haarlem) and the Finnish champion was Tippa-Team from Lappenranta with vehicle “St. Irene”
Picture from Holland, 1983
Petri “Lede” Leskinen (left) and Timo Honka (right)
Remmi IIIb was derived from Remmi IIIa. At Rotterdam, Holland, Remmi-Team became 5th winning the student-class with a new Team Record of 568 km/l (1604 mpg). At Silverstone team was also 5th and won the student-class receiving also the Jury Honorary prize. The result was again a new Team Record of 704 km/l (1988 mpg). The Finnish Pisaralla Pisimmälle marathon was at Tampere Ice-Hall with Remmi-Team retiring. The winner was again Tippa-Team with St. Irene.
Picture from Helsinki, Finland, 1985
The year started with a Finnish championship and a victory in Lappeenranta with a new vehicle Remmi IV, which was also known as Remmi IIIc. At Silverstone Remmi-Team was placed 5th winning the student-class with a new Team Record of 758 km/l (2141 mpg). This was the last year for student class in Britain.
Remmi took another Finnish championship winning the Pisaralla Pisimmälle marathon, which was this time organised in Helsinki. Team entered with Remmi IV also to a new competition held at circuit Paul Ricard in southern France. In this first French “Marathon Shell” competition Remmi became 2nd winning the student-class. The winner was a Swiss family Team Henry. To our knowledge Remmi-Team and LPT Marcel Callo from Redon, France are the only teams that have entered to all French Shell-organised marathons. It was again time for the people in the Team to change.
A new vehicle Remmi V was introduced. This outstanding vehicle was still in active use after over ten years, although it has naturally been developed and modified during these years. The 11th Pisaralla Pisimmälle marathon held at Artukainen produced yet another retirement for Remmi-Team. The winner and Finnish champion was Team TuTOL from Technical College of Turku with vehicle “Ms. Timber”. At Paul Ricard Remmi V was placed 3rd winning the student-class. Team entered also the Agip-organised marathon in La Baule, France and the British Shell Mileage Marathon at Silverstone, but had to retire from both due to technical problems.
Remmi Ve was introduced. This vehicle had the same aerodynamic design as Remmi V, but a lighter and more sophisticated structure. The engine was revolutionary with electric solenoid-operated valves and a direct injection modified from a 200cc Yanmar diesel. The vehicle was not able to make a result in 1987. At the temporary track of Tampere Inspection Centre Remmi V took a victory and a Finnish championship. Since 1987 Remmi-Team has won the Finnish championship every year. At Paul Ricard Remmi V was placed 2nd gaining a victory in student-class with a Team Record of 834 km/l (2355 mpg). At Silverstone Remmi became 4th with yet another Team Record of 1136 km/l (3203 mpg).
Remmi Ve was further developed and direct injection was replaced with an electronic injection. The engine ran quite well but wasn’t very reliable and also lacked some power. No results for this electic-valved vehicle. In Tampere the Team won the Finnish competition with Remmi V. At Paul Ricard Remmi V was placed 2nd winning the student-class and the energy-index. At Silverstone Remmi V became 4th with a new Team Record of 1374 km/l (3881 mpg). The development of Remmi Ve was interrupted because the team personnel changed significantly in a few months. There was also some uncertainty over the regulations concerning electric valves.
Almost entirely renewed Remmi-Team was learning the secrets of the sport at Paul Ricard gaining the 4th position with a victory in student-class. At Silverstone the transmission broke totally down at the end of practise day leaving almost none of the parts in the back of the vehicle unhurt. An experimental variator-transmission that had never been tested was installed overnight and the Team was able to compete becoming 9th. Some Finnish teams founded the Finnish Mileage Marathon Club r.y. (FMMC) to organise competitions in Finland and to look after common interests of the teams. The first FMMC-organised Pisaralla Pisimmälle marathon was held at the track of Saab-Valmet (today Valmet Automotive) car factory in Uusikaupunki. Remmi V took the victory giving the Team its 7th Finnish championship.
The first signs of recession came leaving the Team with a bad financial situation. At Paul Ricard Remmi V became 5th in general competition and 3rd in student-class. Because of the financial problems the British competition had to be left out. There were simply no money to travel to England. At Uusikaupunki Remmi V was placed 2nd with the Dutch NIP-Team winning. Remmi started to develop Remmi 5E using the bodywork of Remmi Ve. This body was reinforced because of torsional flexibility and a new engine with mechanical valves was developed. New British regulations prohibited electric valves.
This year was financially a bit better than 1990, but building a new vehicle, Remmi 5E, took so much time that the Team wasn’t able to compete at its usual level. At Paul Ricard Remmi V became 7th overall and 4th in student-class. Remmi 5E didn’t make a result, but won Prix du Design. At Silverstone Remmi V was also 7th and Remmi 5E made its first result becoming 8th. At Uusikaupunki Remmi V was 3rd and Remmi 5E 4th following the winner King’s College of London and the Dutch NIP-Team being 2nd.
Remmi 5E had developed significantly and Remmi V had also been tuned. The recession hit Finland badly, and the Team was left with no sponsorship. Luckily Shell France made a contribution to our travelling expenses after the French marathon. At Paul Ricard Remmi V was 4th and Remmi 5E 5th overall, 2nd and 3rd in student-class. At Silverstone Remmi had a lot of problems. Remmi V was placed 9th and no result for Remmi 5E. At Uusikaupunki Remmi V was 2nd and Remmi 5E 3rd with NIP-Team winning.
The worst year of recession. Again no financial sponsorship at all. The Team travelled to Paul Ricard with Tippa-Team from Lappeenranta. Again it would have not been possible to leave Finland without a contribution from Shell France. Remmi V was 4th and Remmi 5E 5th in general competition, 3rd and 4th in student-class. Travel to Silverstone was cancelled due to lack of money. At Uusikaupunki Remmi V was 2nd and Remmi 5E 3rd. NIP-Team took the victory again. During season 1993 the unreliable self-made injection and ignition electonics was replaced with modified production engine-control electronics of HESTEC, which were received as material sponsorship.
Because of the reliability of electronics and a new test-dynamo the Team ran its engine on a bench probably more than during the past five years together. This also showed result during the season. Spring 1994 the Team received new ‘Marathon Special’ tyres from Michelin and front wheels and steering on both vehicles were modified for these tyres. During the season Michelin was introduced also to the back of Remmi 5E. Financially 1994 was significantly better than some of the previous years because of increased contribution from the University and being able to receive some aid for travelling expences from a bus company Gold Line.
At Paul Ricard Remmi V became 5th and Remmi 5E 6th, 2nd and 3rd in student-class. At Silverstone Remmi 5E became 4th with a Team Record of 1425 km/l (4025 mpg). Remmi V was placed 8th. At Uusikaupunki Remmi 5E became 2nd and Remmi V 3rd. The winner was French Pt. Orange Callo with “Helios”. During autumn ’94 the Team received new injector nozzles from Bosch France. During the years ’93 and ’94 Remmi-Team invested a lot of time for publicity. This paid back in a form of more material sponsorship and even as some financial sponsorship.
A long lasting partnership with Tampere Trade Fairs started giving Remmi-Team a lot of publicity and a substantial financial contribution. This partnership has guaranteed us a possibility to show our work and achievements on several fairs during the year. Remmi-Team also received new measuring equipment from Fluke Finland.
At Paul Ricard Remmi 5E was placed 5th and Remmi V 6th achieving a double victory in student-class. 1995 the Team participated with one vehicle also to the Belgian “Eco-Marathon Shell” which was organised for the second time. Remmi 5E was placed 2nd both in general competition and in petrol-driven category. At Silverstone Remmi 5E was 6th and Remmi V 9th. In Finland a new track was inroduced. The Pisaralla Pisimmälle marathon was held at the test track of Nokian Tyres Ltd. in Nokia. Remmi 5E won the race with a Team Record of 1603 km/l (4529 mpg). Remmi V was 3rd. 2nd was Pt. Orange Callo with Helios. For this 20th Pisaralla Pisimmälle marathon FMMC introduced also a historic class for vehicles made before 1984. Remmi I was reconditioned for this race achieving victory with 180 km/l (508 mpg).
The Team turned 20 years old. On 19th April 1996 there was a big jubileum-gala to which arrived over 90% of all team-members ever. The Team was able to achieve new financial sonsorship with Juvenes and significant reductions for sea travels from Viking Line. A long-lasting material sponsorship with Tampereen Sähköpalvelu was also introduced.
At Paul Ricard Remmi-Team suffered from technical problems and from a bad rollover accident. Because of these only one full attempt was made with each vehicle. Remmi 5E was 7th and Remmi V 8th overall, 1st and 2nd in student-class. At Bois de la Cambre in Brussels Remmi V was 3rd and Remmi 5E 4th, with the same positions in petrol category. The British marathon was at Mallory Park instead of Silverstone. Remmi-Team participated with only one vehicle, Remmi 5E, gaining a 3rd position overall. At Nokia Remmi V became 3rd with a new Team Record of 1626 km/l (4593 mpg) and Remmi 5E was 4th. The winner was Japanese Team 1200 with “Dolphin” making a new World Record of 3337 km/l (9426 mpg). Pt. Orange Callo with Helios was 2nd.
The financial partnerships with Tampere Trade Fairs and Juvenes continued and a new material sponsorship with Apollo Materials was introduced. The FMMC partnership with Viking Line provided Remmi with significant reductions for sea travels between Finland and Sweden.
The first competition of the ’97 season was supposed to be held at Paul Ricard, France on 30. May – 1. June. Unfortunately after two good practise-days the competition itself was cancelled due to hard wind and rain! For Remmi-Team this ment 11 days, 6000 km and ~10000 FIM lost without a possibility to have a result (not including everyone’s personal losses as in wasted money or vacation-time). At Brussels Remmi V was placed 5th and Remmi 5E 6th, with 2nd and 3rd position in the “Schools” category. Due to lack of time, money and especially an experienced driver, Remmi-Team didn’t travel to Silverstone. At Nokia Remmi V became 2nd with a new Team and Finnish Record of 1628 km/l (4599 mpg) and Remmi 5E was 3rd. The winner was King’s College, London (UK), with 1711 km/l(4833 mpg).
The Team was able to achieve a new financial partnership with Fastems as well as major material partnership with Sandvik Finland providing Remmi with new high-quality handtools. We were also able to receive significant reduction on computers and data acquisition equipment from IBM Finland and National Instruments respectively. Furthermore other major partnerships continued, excluding Juvenes, unfortunately.
At Paul Ricard a fourth day was introduced to the competition. It was possible to make a result also on Saturday to be able to avoid cancellation of the competition like ’97. For Remmi-Team the competition was quite disasterous, both vehicles being involved with collisions with other competitors. During practise-days Remmi 5E made 2œ rolls sideways damaging the carrying bodywork and braking the front axle, and was not able to compete. Remmi V rolled also, but with a bit less damage, and was able to make a result, although bent front axle had a toe-in of about 5 mm. Remmi V was placed 10th overall and 4th in student class.
The Belgian competition at Brussels was held on a new track at Heysel, near Atomium. The track was very difficult and even pontentially dangerous. To increase safety and decrease the number of vehicles simultaneously on the track, the organisers cut the distance of the competition short with about 40%, which proved to be a good decision. On practise-day we found out that all the damages to the carrying bodywork of Remmi 5E had not been found, and the vehicle was a bit “soft” to drive with bodywork twisting from the stress of the hard track. During the following night new reinforcements were laminated to the bodywork. On the competition Remmi V became 3rd overall and took a victory in schools category. With a reinforced bodywork Remmi 5E unfortunately suffered from broken transmission (sliding freewheel) being placed 14th overall and 10th in schools category. Again, unfortenately, the Team had to leave out the British marathon.
At Nokia both vehicles were in working order again. Remmi V showed reliability becoming 2nd and achieving new Team and Finnish Record of 1940 km/l (5481 mpg) winning also the energy-index award. Remmi 5E was placed 3rd with a vehicle record of 1689 km/l (4771 mpg). The winner was Fancy Carol – NOK from Japan with “FC 98” achieving 2608 km/l (7368 mpg).
The Team achieved two new material partnerships with INA Bearings providing bearings and SKS-Tekniikka Oy providing power transmission components. Furthermore other partneships continued, excluding Fastems, unfortunately.
There were very few people in the team during 1999 and at the autumn the activity of the Team stopped completely, unfortunately. The shortage of staff lead into big problems in running the Team and it was necessary to lure outsiders to competitions even to be able to participate.
The Finnish competition was exceptionally organised at Helsinki-Malmi Airport as early as 8-9. May together with Air Fair and Car Show. The weather was very cold (+3 – +10 deg. C), and it even rained snow early Sunday morning! The track was built on the apron, taxiway and cross-runway of the airport and the surface of the track was partially very bad. Because of bad surface and the coldness the competition was cut half (~10 km), which all together lead to bad results. Except for some improvement in electric circuits of Remmi V, there was practically no evolution or development at the vehicles of Remmi-Team. Remmi 5E won the competition with 1070 km/l (3023 mpg) and Remmi V was placed 2nd achieving 1067 km/l (3015 mpg) and winning the energy-index. This was a 17th Finnish Championship for Remmi-Team!.
The French competition was once again held at Paul Ricard. It was difficult to find enough people to the trip, so we took a couple of outsiders and a couple of oldtimers to drive the van and act as a cook! The competition started promisingly with Remmi V making the new track-record for the Team with 1251 km/l (3533 mpg). Remmi 5E also surpassed the previous team-record in France achieving 1182 km/l (3339 mpg). After this the problems began. Remmi V lost its electrics and on this hard track with high speeds and strict corners it became evident that the bodywork of Remmi 5E had lost its stiffness in the accidents of the past years. So the results of the first runs were final placing Remmi as 9th and 10th in the general competition and 4th and 5th in student class.
After the French competition the activity in the Team ceased almost completely for the summer, so it was unfortunately impossible to travel either to Belgian or the British competitions.
At the end of August there was a second competition in Finland, this time at Nokia. Some of the oldtimers of the Team decided to utilise the bodywork and chassis of Remmi IV together with some old transmission parts of Remmi V and a 225cc Lombardini diesel-engine used for research-work at the department of Energy and Process Engineering of our University. This vehicle was named as Remmi 4D. At the competition there was a complete loss of team personnell. Almost everybody were oldtimers. Because of that it was at the beginning thought that only Remmi V would be used, but with the permission of the Jury also Remmi 5E was brought to the competition during the Saturday evening after practising. Remmi 5E was scrutinised at Sunday morning. The vehicle was completely untouched after the French Competition! Not even bearings were cleaned. All that was made for the vehicle was to increase injection time to enable the engine to work at +13 deg. C instead of the well over +30 deg. C of Paul Ricard. Even this tuning was made roughly without any testing. Remmi V took the victory with 1702 km/l (4807 mpg) and Remmi 5E became 2nd with its only run achieving 1474 km/l (4163 mpg). The diesel-engined Remmi 4D was placed 6th getting 149 km/l (421 mpg).
After the season the Team was able to attend to a couple of fairs, but as it was not possible to elect a new board for the Team at the meeting of 21. September, the activity ceased again completely for several months.
At the beginning of January 2000, a new meeting was arranged and it was possible to elect a new board. A few months later four new members was recruited into the Team.
The French competition was held this time at Paul Armagnac Circuit in Nogaro. It was once again difficult to find enough people to the trip. Only three people left Finland with Remmi V althought two more people joined them in Lyon, France. Remmi V was almost untouched after previous competition. With a reliable vehicle Remmi finally placed 7th in the general competition and 2nd in the student class getting 1675 km/l.
A crazy idea was fulfilled before the Finnish competition. A new modified engine was built using parts of two old Remmi engines. The new engine was attached into body of Remmi V and vehicle was renamed to Remmi Vg. In the competition Remmi was fourth after three foreign participants. The result was 1844 km/l with the new untested engine.
In September a new project was started. During the last months of year 2000 we designed a totally new body and chassis named Remmi 6a. A small-scale model was also made and tested in the wind tunnel.
During the spring new body and chasiss were made and named Remmi 6. The first race for the new vehicle was in France at Nogaro track. With the new vehicle Remmi made their best result ever which also was the best result made by a Finnish team. Remmi ended 6th in overall results and 3rd in the student class with aresult of 2034 km/l.
Once again Remmi also joined the Brussels competition. With a result of 1370 km/l Remmi was 4th overall and 2nd in student class.
The Finnish competition was held again at Nokia circuit. With Remmi 6 we made a new Finnish record with 2136 km/l. Remmi I was also “competing” and got a result of 157 km/l.
New body and chasiss were made again. Remmi 6 mould was still used but the weight had went down about 20%. With these improvements the new vehicle was named Remmi 6b (thus the 1st prototype named Remmi 6a). First competition was again at Nogaro, France and Remmi made their new record with a result of 2199 km/l. Remmi ended up 7th in overall results and 5th in student class.
Finnish competition was held at Nokia circuit. Remmi 6b was used also in this competition. With a result of 2485 km/l Remmi made a new Finnish record.
During the year Remmi was making a new prototype engine. It was finished at summer so we had to use Remmi 6b in the French competition. At Nogaro Remmi gained a result of 2119 km/l which gave us 6th place overall and 3rd place in student class.
During the summer Remmi got their new engine running. Self made prototype engine with high combustion ratio and almost 100% self made components. The engine was ready just before the Finnish competition on the same week. With this new engine the vehicle was named Remmi 6c.
The engine was working good enough so it was decided to use it in the competition. The results were something most people wouldn’t have dreamt of. A new Finnish record of 2914 km/l. Almost 500 km/l more than the former record was.
No big changes were made to Remmi 6c during the year. In France there was a new class named Urban Concept. Remmi decided to make a vehicle for that class. By the time the French competition came we still didn’t have a running Urban vehicle.
French competition was participated with Remmi 6c. With 2248 km/l Remmi ended 6th overall and 4th in student class.
Remmi joined the Finnish competition at Nokia circuit with two vehicles, Remmi 6c and Remmi 6a. The weather was bad, both days were cold and sunday it was also raining. With results of 2444 km/l (6c) and 1795 km/l (6a) we got 1st and 6th place.
Remmi UC1 (urban concept) was finished by the French competition. Remmi went to Nogaro with two vehicles, first time for a long time. UC1 had nothing but problems during the competition and did not get a result. Remmi 6c made the best result at Nogaro track, 2303 km/l got us 4th place in overall results.
At Nokia track in Finland we had two vehicles running. UC1 made its first official result, 515 km/l, 7th in overall results and unofficial world record of urban class. Remmi 6c made 2893 km/l and won the competition.
Year 2006 we got new members and some changes in the board. We also got ourselves a new driver.
The French competition was held once again at Paul Armagnac Circuit in Nogaro. The plan was to have six members joining the trip. Still only 2 weeks before the journey we had only five members. The sixth member was found but he had quite an interesting plan. He packed all of his stuff, took a 30 years old ex-army bike and said goodbye to Finland. Later on the trip he left the rest of us at Toulouse, France and moved on with his bike.
Remmi 6c had a new livery. Unlike many previous times the vehicle wasn’t all white. No big changes were made in overall. Remmi placed 8th in general competition and 3rd in our own class with a result of 2034 km/l.
We also visited the British marathon first time since 1996. The competition was held at Rockingham Motor Speedway. This was the first time we visited the track so we had no idea what kind of settings we should use. Still we managed to get 2nd place with the result of 2473km/l.
Last competition of the year was held at Nokia. We tested a few weeks for some new settings to the emgine. During last few years we hadn’t improved our result so we had to try something new. We drove 7 results but no matter what we did it didn’t make any change. From those 7 runs we had twice two exactly same results… hadn’t seen that before. Anyway we managed to win with a result of 2746 km/l.
At the end of the year we started to plan Remmi-Teams 30-year party. We decided to keep it on 27th January 2007. One year late but we didn’t want to put that just before Christmas. Around 70% of all members ever joined the party.
30 years of Remmi-Team in one book here
Remmi-Team started the year with 30-year celebrations. Academically 1 year late… well anyway there were around 70 members taking part. Both founders of the team were also taking part. Parties were held January at the university. It was really nice to see some old members and change some stories what had happened. Also at parties we announced a book from the 30 years to be made.
French competition was again the first event of the year. Nogaro track had gotten a new pit area in one year so many things had changed. At first it was a bit hard because many of the team members were new and the new pit area didn’t help it either. Two days of testing went almost as bad as it could. During the first 1œ days we had a total of only 5 laps (as the race is 7 laps). At Fridays last testrun we finally made the 7 laps. Not too good feelinsg for the race next day. At the race we finished all runs and got a result of 2137 km/l. With that result we ended third in combustion engine class.
Finnish competition was held once again at Nokia circuit. After quite good results at France we aimed again to 3000 km/l. Saturday we got close to our record 2914 km/l. The weather was bad so we did only one result that day. Sunday we had changed our driver and the first attempt got us a new Finnish record of 2974 km/l. So close but still so far. We made some small changes to the vehicle and went back to the track. Everything seemed to go wrong. Our driver was “a bit pi**ed off” when getting out of the vehicle. Nevertheless a new Finnish record of 3005 km/l. The atmosphere was something awesome. In the last attempt we made again a new record and set it to 3036 km/l. In our own counts we are the sixth team in the world to break 3000 km/l with a combustion engine.
In autumn we got the material for the book ready. Finally in the end of December we had the first look of the book. 128 pages of history starting from 1976 and ending to the 2007 competition at Nokia including the breaking of 3000 km/l barrier. The book was made in Finnish.
In late 2007 we had decided to make new body and chasis. The European eco-marathon rules had changed a bit and the biggest change was front brakes that came mandatory. Year 2008 started with lots of planning and testing new ideas. The shapes and new technics started to get to shape, but once again time was against us. Our timetable was all the time a bit late.
We made a blog “Making Remmi 7” which came more and more popular as the European eco-marathon got closer. It is nothing abnormal that we have a really bad rush in the last weeks before leaving to race. This year it was something really much more. People were building the vehicle almost all the time the last few weeks. As it is said in the blog, we got our first test run 26 hours before leaving to the race. Even at that point the vehicle still was far away from ready. Even it seemed almost impossible we got the vehicle ready after building it two and half days in France.
We got only one test run with the vehicle before the race started. Basically we just hoped Remmi 7 would finish. Also the weather was against racers this year. It was raining so we didn’t get to the track in the time we were supposed to. Nevertheless we got to finish and result of 2066km/l was first official result for Remmi 7. After we got to the pits we found out that our front bearings were totally broken and the track was wet, meaning there was much to improve. We changed the bearings and went back to track. Everything went really good until the last lap. In the last acceleration our starter didn’t work anymore. In the end we got only that one result which got us the 4th place in combustion engines.
In the summer time we didn’t get that much of testing. In the end of summer was the Finnish competition. In the beginning of race we got about the same results as year before with the old vehicle. As our drivers got more experience with the vehicle the results started to get better. In the end we got a new Finnish record 3306km/l. With this result Remmi-Team is most likely the 5th best combustion engine team in the world.
In the end of the year we started to make a dynamometer and some preplanning of new engine.
This year the Shell Eco-Marathon competition moved to Germany, to Lausitz, which was great news to the team as the driving distance was a lot less than to France. The new track was an almost oval and seemed to have a lot of potential for making a good result. The team managed to finish with a greatly improved result of 2960 km/l which is still the best record for the team in Shell competitions. The Finnish competition was held at Nokia where the result was not as good as before, “only” 2896 km/l.
The Eco-Marathon was at Lausitz, where the team competed with Remmi 7. As the vehicle had worked so well no improvements besides a new speedometer was attached. The same configuration was also used in Nokia.
The European Shell competition was in Lausitz, Germany, which was already a familiar track for the team. Result was 2694 km/l and a 3rd place. The Finnish competition was also at Nokia, where the engine caused a lot of troubles for the team. After struggling with the engine and not managing to get it working properly, the team sadly had to withdraw from the competition with no result.
This year the European competition moved to Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The regulations were also changed to demand a minimum turning radius of 12 meters so that the vehicles would be able to manage the sharp 90 degree turns that the new track introduced. Luckily the team was able to meet the requirements for this year by changing some steering parts, but a long-term plan had to be developed as Shell stated that the requirements will be tougher on the next years. The new track proved so many sharp turns that the team was not hoping to get as good results as previous years on the oval track. In the end the team finished with a result of 2003 km/l which entitled the team for the 3rd place in the combustion engine category.
At Nokia the team had two fully functional vehicles: Remmi 7 straight from the Rotterdam competition and old restored Remmi 6b with the older engine version. The weather was not the best but despite slight overcast during the competition Remmi 7 finished with a result of 2963 km/l and the old Remmi 6b with a decent result of 1400 km/l.
The regulations were more strict this year, demanding a turning radius of 10 meters. This could not be achieved with the existing rear end in Remmi 7, so a new rear end was put together and some bigger engine components like clutch and the chain replaced to fit the new assembly. The competition itself, arranged in Rotterdam, was similar to previous year and all the teams had a hard time finding a suitable time slot for racing, as almost all days featured rain of some intensity. The team had problems with the new rear end and especially with the new smaller chain that didn’t seem to fit the new sprockets. All the practise days went by with the team trying to get the new rear end assembly working. The team eventually managed to fix all the issues and got on the track for the first race attempt. The first attempt ended shortly as the vehicle rolled over due to too sensitive steering. Luckily the driver was OK and the vehicle could be fixed so it could return on the track the next day. The team managed to get a disappointing result of 1504 km/l that still awarded the team with the 3rd place in the gasoline class.
For Nokia competition the team decided to fit the previous, better working rear end for Remmi 7. This didn’t go as easily as expected and resulted in major technical problems that in the end left the team without a result.
This year was known to be the last competition year in Eco-Marathons for Remmi 7, as the regulations for next year demanded a front-wheel steered vehicle. That is why the team didn’t put much effort in improving Remmi 7 but concentrated in designing a new vehicle. In Rotterdam Remmi 7 was functioning well and both our drivers got to finish some practise runs before the actual competition days. This was needed as the track had been modified from previous year and now required the teams to drive in an inverse direction. Track was still dangerous and a few teams ended up rolling over and coliding with each other. Also Remmi 7 was involved in one of the collisions but was repairable, returning to the track on the next day. The final result from the competition was 1956 km/l which yielded 4th place in the gasoline category. In Finland the team had a hard time finding a driver, but got one of the older drivers to make a return to the track on the final day of the competition. During the race there were some technical problems that prevented the team from finishing and as it was already the last day of the competition there was no time to fix those problems and the team had to leave without a result.
After the competitions when preparing the vehicle to be showcased we also noticed that the crankshaft of the engine was also nearly broken and definitely wouldn’t last in any more competitions. Powered by the thought of needing to make a new crankshaft we also decided to start making the new engine that had been on the drawing table for a few months now.
Also we were positive that the new vehicle will be fitted with our custom-made ECU.
By the end of the year we had machined the plug and manufactured the mould for Remmi 8, and also finalised the engine design and even started to manufacture some of the parts. Still plenty of work left before we could race with these but there was still over four months left until the next Shell Eco Marathon.
Making of Remmi 8 and the new engine continued immediately after the new year celebrations and team members had to put schoolwork was put aside for the spring to finish the vehicle before the Eco-Marathon competition held in May.