The 2006-07 Lancaster Racing car, also known as Leila May, was designed, manufactured and assembled by a group of 7 talented Masters of Engineering students. This was the 8th consecutive academic year which Lancaster University competed within the IMechE Formula Student event at Silverstone race track. The event saw Lancaster University finish 35th out of an possible 69 teams, the 12th best UK team to enter.
This particular car followed closely in the steps of its predecessor, where the same Honda CBR600 engine and 13” Caterham wheels were utilised. However, certain revolutionary developments were made, these were as follows:
• Lightweight wheel uprights were produced using Computer Aided Design (CAD) techniques. 7075-T6 Aluminium was used due to its high strength-to-weight characteristics.
• The aesthetically pleasing bodywork was well received by other teams competing within the competition.
• As opposed to incorporating the previous brake configuration (two front wheel brakes and one in-board brake) two front in-wheel Callipers (Willwood) and two rear in-wheel Callipers (AP Racing) were utilise.