The red, black and white patters on the camouflaged body design of the race car – dubbed TR 17 – could be a competitve advantage for TJU during the Formula SAE 2017, an auto design competition organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International.
The Spies-Hecker® waterborne coating decreased the car’s body weight compared to the old paint job, according to a press release from Axalta, and was applied at the company's Asia-Pacific Technology Center.
“The TR17 is specially designed to bear patterns of China’s national flag at the sides of its tail wings," said Zhang Renjun, technology and training manager at Axalta China Refinish, who is responsible for TJU’s race car coating project. "Axalta’s wet-on-wet coating technology requires only 1.5 sprays per step, completing the coating process of TR17 with the best coating effects in only three days."
The TJU racing team won the Formula SAE China 2016 championship .
Photo courtesy Axalta Coating Systems/Lewis Communications/Shanghai Tongji University