Multiple awards for student racers
The University of Hertfordshire’s motor racing team, UH Racing, has won four awards at the 2017 Formula Student Competition at Silverstone.
The competition - run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and backed by industry and high profile engineers – brings together the world’s best and brightest young engineers and challenges them to design and build a single-seat racing car to demonstrate their understanding of all aspects of automotive engineering.
This year the team manufactured their ‘UH20’ car to represent the team’s 20th Formula Student competition. The team’s design ethos for the car was “Cost Based Design Decisions” which led to a number of design changes from previous cars. This included UH Racing’s first direct damping suspension system, a custom spool, custom designed brake callipers and a custom dashboard. As well as this, significant development was undertaken to create a more advanced aerodynamics package.
Each entrant competes in three static events which consists of: Design, Cost, and Business Presentation judging. This is then followed by two days of dynamic events which include: Acceleration, Skid Pad, Autocross and Endurance which also includes fuel efficiency.
The team won four awards at the event: Most Effective Communications Strategy, The Art Performance Award from sponsor Jaguar Land Rover, Class 1 Design and Endurance Event Fastest Lap. The team also placed overall 16th out of 75 universities involved.
The UH Racing team will now compete in Formula Student Czech Republic and Formula Student Germany next week.
A great performance
Dr Howard Ash, Programme Tutor in the School of Engineering and Technology at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “I’m really proud of our team’s performance at Silverstone this year, they put in a phenomenal amount of work in the run up to the event and their hard work paid off with multiple awards. Things didn’t all go smoothly during the dynamic events with a couple of technical issues that were beyond the teams control, but the way they handled themselves to get back out on track was terrific."