After the resurrection of NR8, we finally manage to test the car on a track. Vehicle performed well allowing us to test the car during acceleration and braking (see the videos). Several team members had the chance to drive NR8, each of them being able to reach 62mph with ease, as the data logger recorded.
TEAM NEWCASTLE RACING
We are the Formula Student team from Newcastle University, competing in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers run event in the UK every July. Please keep visiting regularly to stay up to date with the progress of our team. As with all projects of this scale – our success is heavily dependent upon the generosity of our sponsors and we thank them for that.
The FS bay at Newcastle is currently seeing the build of the aluminium honeycomb chassis. After careful planning and jig building, the water jet cut sides of the chassis are being bent and formed in to the NR9 car which is extremely exciting to see. Due to the phenomenal effort of Henry, Freddie and other team members the chassis has been bent to within 1mm of the intended dimensions which is extremely good considering the size. With everything going to plan the chassis will be completed within 2 weeks. *Special Credits go to Hannah Daykin for writing the post.
Henry and other team members have been working towards getting the front end of the chassis model built in order to load it to gain necessary strength data. The test showed the front end of the chassis got to 36 tonnes of loading before it started to fail. The requirement from formula student is for it to take 8 tonnes so it has proved to be more than sufficient.
With a solid business logic report handed in the Formula student, we can confirm the team have been successful in being selected for the class 1 competition in July! Watch out Silverstone for car number 90!
Since the batteries have returned and been fitted back to NR8 the team have carried out stationary testing of the electrical system and tests to see whether the initial problems we had with the car over the summer have been resolved with help from Sevcon. Quick tests conducted have shown the motor is able to reach maximum torque and power. This means we can FINALLY go testing at full power. This has never been achieved and will be very exciting and will hopefully provide the team with data on braking and other parts. To get to testing the team need to get NR8 back into working condition which will require a lot of work and hours but we are all very keen to see it move so should be in a working state within a week or so. Testing update will be made available soon!! Stay tuned!!