Great interest in Baldos at Drivecenter Arena

Published: 1 July 2019

What a success! More than 16,700 people visited Midnattssolsloppet when Drivecenter Arena, Scandinavia's most modern and longest racing track, was inaugurated in Fällfors. Luleå University of Technology was one of the exhibitors whose tent with the red Baldos car attracted many curious visitors.

On a previously secret military base in Fällfors, five kilometers northwest of Skellefteå, Scandinavia's longest racing track has been built up. The premiere weekend of 14-15 June was a success with good weather, a lot of crowds and high-quality competitions when Scandinavia's racing elite made up the classes TCR Scandinavia, Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia, GT4 and Formula Nordic.

The summer heat also attracted many visitors to the university's booth where students at the Master Programme in Mechanical Engineering and the BSc Programme in Automotive Engineering worked intensively. They demonstraded one of the Baldos cars that students constructed and competed with over the years. Four different Baldos cars have been developed and all have competed in the European competition Shell Eco Marathon for university students. Unlike Midnatssolsloppet these competitions were about driving as fuel-efficiently as possible.

The red Baldos II, which was the car that was exhibited during the competitions in Fällfors, became the best Swedish car when it competed in 2012 with the prize for best safety and a second place among cars driven by ethanol in the class "Urban Concept".