Aerodynamics and Ergonomics

Deals with design and manufacture of bodywork and downforce-generating devices that are practical, removable and aesthetic. Additionally, the team is responsible for configuring the optimal comfort and position for the driver to comply with the rules. This is on of the subteams that get the most hands-on experience and have to work closely with the Chassis team. Members of this subteam get the opportunity to research into bodywork options and manufacturing techniques, learn and use CAD software and simulate the aerodynamics of the car. On the ergonomics side, the main responsibility is to ensure the safety and comfort of the driver. This includes designing an adjustable seat, pedal box and steering rack and installation of the safety belt harness among other safety devices.

Managed by Nathan Whear
Potential projects:
-Shifter handle – design and manufacture
-Floor – design and manufacture
-Seat – design and manufacture
-Cockpit safety measures – (harness, headrest, fireproofing)
-Bodywork manufacture
-Research incorporation of paddle shifter into steering wheel
-Helping manufacture the ergonomics jig
-Design and manufacture of test rig to test 3D printed steering wheel to destruction​

Autonomous

Brand new subteam set to compete at the first ever driverless Formula Student competition in the UK.
Students will be tasked with developing software for a completely autonomous racing car. External data will be fed through a set of cameras, sonars and sensors. The design flow will revolve around processing sensor data, artificial intelligence and machine learning, meaning that the vehicle has to adapt to the circumstances of the race track at any given moment and improve itself on the spot with only one goal in mind – speed.

Applications and more details will become available in October.
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Managed by Ignat Georgiev

Opportunities:
-Gain real-life practical experience​
-Work in a large team​
-Learn about AI and machine learning
-Work with hardware – MCUs, sensors, telemetry
-Experience various design approaches and testing schemes
-Virtual simmulations

Business

Responsible for fundraising through sponsorship, promotion of team via social media and other avenues, organisation of promotional events and preparation(and presentation!) of a business case for the car at competition in July

Managed by Shagun Gupta​

Potential projects:
-Strike sponsorship deals with companies​
-Prepare a business case and present it to industry professionals​
-Promote the team by organising events and via social media

Chassis

One of the most important subteams. Tasked with designing, manufacturing and testing the chassis of the car. The goal is to design the smallest and lightest possible frame without sacrificing the rigidity and safety of the car. Members of this subteam will have to research into design techniques and materials, design the chassis while taking into consideration everything else that will be mounted on; manufacture and testing. Involves strict coordination with other subteams and lots of hands-on experience(lots of welding).

Managed by Craig Martin​

Potential projects:
-Research into alternative chassis materials (eg. carbon fibre monocoque)
-Assist in manufacture of chassis (lots of cutting and welding!)​
-Design torsional stiffness test rig to verify computer simulations​
-Design and manufacture mounts for a variety of things (eg. Engine, diff carrier, pedalbox, suspension etc)

Electronics

Responsible for everything electrical on the car. Works closely with Powertrain to ensure that the engine works optimally and that the wiring of the car is done properly. Additioanlly, researches, designs and builds telemetry for the car like: dashboard, on-board computer, various sensors(wheelspeed, gyroscopes, etc.). Involves plenty of programming, system engineering design, learning engine control circuitry, PCB design and manfucature.

Managed by Gregor Birrell​

Potential projects:
-Research and design of steering and suspension position sensors
-Brake and tyre temperature sensors
-Research and installation of wheel speeds sensors ​
-Real-time wireless monitoring ​
-Steering wheel dashboard​
-Power distribution ​
-Heads-up display in helmet ​
-ECU design and programming
-Electrical gear shifting

Powertrain

Works closely with Chassis and Electronics teams​
Responsible for mechanical parts of the engine and it’s subsytems, as well as dynamometer testing of the engine and subsequent engine tuning/mapping.​
Also responsible for the car’s driveline; chain, sprockets, differential, and driveshafts.

Managed by Owen Fisher​

Potential projects:
-Gear shifter design and manufacture
-Fuel tank – design and manufacture
-Researching and optimising throttle control
-Driveshaft refinement
-Differential reseach, installation and tuning
-Differential mount – design and manufacture
-Engine mounts – help with installation

Suspension

Responsible for design and manufacture of all suspension components and wheel assemblies on the car. Main tasks include design and manufacture of suspension elements – uprights, hubs, bell cranks, disk brakes. Possibilities to assemble and tune shocks and dampers, camber, steering rack, braking system. Involves learning about CAD, manufacturing processes, material characteristics and fields testing.

Managed by Maurice Rahme​

Potential projects:
-Wheel assembly
-Brake rotor and disks – design, manufacture and testing
-Uprights – design and manufacture
-Wheel hubs – design and manufacture​
-Steering geometry – design ​
-Simulink and MATLAB simulations
-Research into potential shock replacements/improvements
-Refinement and adjustment of shocks, camber and castor