If you haven’t heard of Formula Student, it’s an international event organised in the UK by the IMechE for engineering students to design and manufacture a single-seat racing car, and compete at an annual competition at Silverstone race circuit.
It’s held every year at Silverstone on the weekend after the British Grand Prix, so the track is always nicely rubbered in! Teams of students representing universities from around the globe compete in 4 race events and 3 non-technical events which test the design and manufacture of the cars in a range of situations, from straight acceleration through to endurance, and the strength of the build in terms such as its cost and innovation.
This year, the team representing Lancaster University consists of 18 members , all with a keen interest in racing cars. For the 2016 competition , several new features are being implemented to improve our performance on track day. These include: a new aerodynamics package with front and rear wings , weight reduction , turbocharged single-cylinder engine, and combined paddle shift pneumatic gear shifter. By implementing these various improvements on previous car designs , we feel that we will have a faster , more competitive car. Additional members of the 201 6 team include 4 experienced supervisors and our trusty team of technicians . So we’re all ready for an exciting and challenging build up to the 2016 event with high hopes and plenty of spirit.
We’d like to thank our continuing sponsors for their support this year, along with all the supervisors and technicians in the department
Technology, and the need to understand how things work have always been large factors in my life. This, compounded with my aptitude for project management, lead me to participate in the Formula Student project. The process of people from varying schemes of study coming together to make something greater than the sum of its parts is something that I revere. As a mature student, my previous experience in management gives me skills which transfer well to this project. I look forward to working with the team in creating a competitive, and innovative race car.
When I was at college I couldn’t make my mind up between a degree in mathematics or a degree in physics as I loved both of these topics. Mechanical engineering was the solution to this decision. Formula student helped make my decision and since then I have only wanted to do this as my fourth year project. I have always had an interest in Formula 1 and I believe that it will be a great experience having to opportunity to work with my fellow colleagues to build a competitive race car.
Being part of the Lancaster University Racing Team 15/16, I am very keen contributing my technical and interpersonal skills achieving the best of my ability. I am currently in my final year on Mechanical Engineering degree (MEng)Hons. I have always had strong passion for engineering in general and automobile in particular. Being of the formula student group, I want to be able to have as much learning experience as possible. I am self-motivated and have highly focused achieving goals.
Since watching the Canadian Grand Prix in 2011 where Jensen Button produced that amazing drive to win from last place, I have become an avid motorsport fan. I have become more involved by backing the Brabham crowdfunding project and go to as many shows as possible, including attending autosport international. Ultimately in my career I would like to full time in motorsport and one day go on to work in Formula 1 or WEC.
I have been looking forward to being involved with Formula Student and motorsport design since the subject was first mentioned in my initial interview at Lancaster University. In my third year I enjoyed taking the lead for the Formula Student Club for its inaugural year. Being given the Technical Directors position for 2015/16 I want to learn from previous groups experiences and improve on their CAD model and drawing design and review process
to minimise the number of reworks required in the manufacturing stage
I have long been fascinated with motor sport, I’m been a keen F1 fan from a young age and as such have looked forward to Formula Student since high school. I am excited to be part of the largest team Lancaster Uni has ever fielded and hope to bring a fast, versatile and reliable car to the event.
I am currently in the 4th year of a mechanical engineering degree at Lancaster University. I spent the last academic year on an industrial placement with Cummins and have been very exited to return to Lancaster to begin the Formula Student Project. I chose this project due to my keen interest in cars and because of its reputation among employers. I am very keen to work in the automotive industry and become chartered, I hope that the experience I gain from formula student along with the experience I have gained working in industry will help me achieve these goals.
I chose to do the Formula student project for my master degree, for several reasons. Firstly, I have watched Formula 1 for as long as I can remember, and the level of engineering in motorsport greatly interests me. Secondly, after working for Jaguar Landrover, I gained an understanding of the manufacturing of cars, and wanted to apply this further. Another reason for choosing this project is its link with my 3rd year dissertation, which focused on suspension and the theory behind tyre dynamics. Finally, the chance to enhance my practical and business skills were pivotal in my decision. I believe all these factors qualify me to be a valuable member and build a successful car.
I have always been fascinated in understanding how something in particular worked and what the purpose each component was in the entire system, so I can mould an apparatus for them for my certain need. I knew about the Formula Student master project before applying for University, and knew from the first day of seeing the engineering department and the Lancaster Racing car that this is what I would work on for my final year project. I’ve chosen to work on the engine of the race car as I believe it’s the heart of it, and knowing how much hard work is needed to succeed, I realised I’d need to pour my heart out into making it’s to work.
Out of all the 4th year project options, Formula Student appealed to me the greatest. I have a general interest in motorsports, in particular Formula 1, and naturally decided that this would be the most enjoyable and rewarding project for me. The project as a whole challenges a range of skills, including technical, business and teamwork. After working with and researching fuel cells in an automotive sense for my 3rd year project and during a summer internship, the availability of using renewable energy sources in the automotive and motorsport industries interests me greatly. This interest assisted the decision in being part of the engine and transmission team for the LR 16 car, with our desire to succeed evident from the commencement of the project.
Being part of the Formula Student team has always been an ambition of mine since I came to Lancaster University to study Mechanical Engineering. Having previous experience in my youth with motorcycle engines, I am excited to be part of the Engine & Transmission team as it will allow me to not only further my skills and knowledge in this area but also share my past experience with my team members. Although this project requires a good understanding of engineering concepts, the challenge of managing a team and working effectively with your peers was why I decided to enrol onto the project. With one of the biggest teams to date, full of members that are eager to learn and deliver a high standard of work, I feel that this will be one of the most successful cars that the University has ever produced.
Having heard a great deal of positive things about the Formula Student Project from friends on past teams I was certain this was the fourth year project for me. This, coupled with a passion for motorsport and keen interest in cutting edge technologies made the prospect of having to design, build and compete in Formula Student in a mere nine months an exciting prospect. Having previously completed a third year project on creating downforce from multi-element rear wing configurations I was keen to look at other parts of the car, whilst adding my knowledge working on aerodynamics and with composites to the current aero team. I think that my experience, enthusiasm and technical knowledge will help pull the team together and ensure we submit a competitive race car to this year’s Formula Student competition.
I am a 4th year student undertaking a masters degree in mechatronic engineering. There are several reasons why I chose to take part in formula student. The challenge and opportunity of a project of this scope and style was very appealing, and I believe that the skills I develop through it (engineering related and otherwise) would be an excellent precursor to an engineering career in industry.
As part of the aerodynamics team we are looking to be the first Lancaster Racing team to successfully implement a complete aero package, consisting of multi element front and rear wings, an underfloor and diffuser. As part of this team I hope to be instrumental to the success of this, using prior knowledge of CFD programmes to create a highly effective aero package. I have a strong interest in motorsport and one of the key reasons I chose to come to university was to compete in the Formula Student competition.
I have always been a motorsport enthusiast from Formula 1 to Formula Drift, hence choosing to participate in Formula Student was my optimum choice. Pursuing my passion for motorsports, I became progressively more curious about all the engineering invested in producing the most competitive vehicle whilst complying with the competition rules. My interest for Formula Student initiated in my third year, as I undertook my third year individual MEng project based on a Formula Student composite monocoque. In addition, I participated in the Lancaster Racing Club, involved in the restoration of the 2014 car. Building further on my interest in the Formula Student project, I chose to be part of the performance, aerodynamics and bodywork team as I believe that my experience from my previous year will be a valuable asset. Additionally, I am hoping to develop my CFD analysis whilst designing the optimum aerodynamics package for this year’s car.
I chose the formula student project because it is the most interesting, challenging and rewarding project choice. It not only challenges us to increase our knowledge about formula cars, but also improves and tests our team working, organisation, costing, manufacturing, business and presentation knowledge and skills. The aerodynamics in particular interested me as Lancaster have never built a car with wings, and it would be amazing to be able to be the first team to ever manage to.
Compared to most, I believe I made the decision to become an engineer relatively late, and only fully decided as I was entering into the sixth form. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time studying Mechanical Engineering, and definitely made the right call. Since then, I have completed two summer internships at Rolls-Royce, where I have worked as part of a number of different areas of the business, such as design, stress, and manufacturing. I have also been offered a full time place on their graduate scheme beginning in September 2016. The formula student project greatly appealed to me, due to my avid interest in Formula One and other aero-dynamical disciplines, and I greatly look forward to being part of the team for 2015/16.
I have always had a keen interest in electronics and electrical systems and look forward to proving one’s abilities. Currently I am a 4th year master’s student in Electronic and Electrical engineering. I have chosen to participate in the Lancaster University Formula Student project because I think it’ll provide a great opportunity, to apply my knowledge to designing and testing the electronic and electrical components of a car.
I chose the formula student project because from a young age I’ve been in interested in motorcycles. So when the opportunity arose to be a part of a team that would be building a fully functioning car I went for it. I’m very interested how everything on the car goes together and how every decision that is made affects the performance of the car.